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Nintendo Wii Outsells Xbox 360, Tracking Firm Finds

On a regional basis, far more Wiis were sold in Japan, while the Xbox 360 dominates the Americas, according to consumer sales figures.

As of Thursday, retailers have sold more Nintendo Wii videogame consoles than Microsoft Xbox 360s, despite the latter videogame console being available a year longer, a tracking firm said.

While not confirmed by either company, gaming metrics Web site Vgchartz.com said retailers have sold 10.57 million Wiis, and 10.51 million Xbox 360s. Both totals are about two and a half times the 4.32 million Sony PlayStation 3s sold.

Vgchartz.com tracks consoles sold to consumers, and not to retailers and other outlets. While the number of Xbox 360s shipped since the console's release in November 2005 maybe slightly higher than Wii shipments, which started in November 2006, more of the latter consoles have actually made to the hands of consumers. Shortages of Wiis remain in most regions around the world, and units are typically sold shortly after they become available, Vgchartz.com said.

On a regional basis, far more Wiis than Xbox 360s were sold in Japan, 3.46 million versus 430,000, respectively. Retailers sold more Xbox 360s than Wiis in other countries. The Xbox 360 dominated the Americas, including South America, United States and Canada, with 6.75 million Xbox units sold versus 4.24 million Wiis.

Meanwhile, The NPD Group said Nintendo shipped 425,000 Wiis in July, while Microsoft shipped 170,000 Xbox 360s, and Sony 159,000 PS 3. From January through July, sales of all consoles reached $2.72 billion, nearly 72 % more than the same period a year ago. Other players included in the numbers were the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS and the Game Boy Advance.

During the same time period, game developers sold $7 billion in games, an increase of 42.6% over the same timeframe last year.

Sony and Microsoft have cut prices recently in order to boost sales, while Nintendo has held firm, but still remains less than even the basic Xbox 360 system, which sells for $280.

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