Fils-Aime: Wii sales greater than PlayStation 2 overall

Speaking during a recent Q&A session with Nintendo investors, Reggie Fils-Aime defended the Wii’s falling sales after comments arose suggesting that the console may have seen its sales peak last week.

The Nintendo of America CEO said that in terms of software sales in the United States, Nintendo is currently at the "high water-mark" with greater sales than the PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

"From a US perspective, we could have just as easily put [out] a chart that shows life-to-date software sales for the Wii, which are dramatically higher than a similar point in time for the PS2, as well as where we stand versus the other two home consoles, which again is dramatically higher in life-to-date sales so far," he said.

Fils-Aime continued by presenting an issue that needed to be addressed of improving the sales for third-party developers on the Wii. "Certainly, we are at a high water-mark in the absolute. If you look at the number of million-unit-sellers, it is quite impressive. I think the bigger challenge is how we enable our third party developers to have similar performance on the platform, have similar long-tail performance, have similar high absolute levels of sales."

During Nintendo’s E3 press conference last week, the company introduced the newest device in its handheld lineup, dubbed the “Nintendo 3DS”.  The portable gaming system will set the bar for 3D gaming, allowing players the ability to experience three-dimensional effects without the need for any special glasses.

A massive list of upcoming titles was also presented at the gaming conference in Los Angeles.

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I think one of the problems is the Wii is too underpowered. Developers can't create the amazing games that people really like. So less games are bought, since all Wii owners know, the motion novelty dies fast.

Unless Apple comes out with iConsole, that includes the same app store.
Obviously it would just be the iPod Touch, just bigger and with a controller.

Flight Control, console edition.

I just don't buy it. There was a FAR bigger number of good quality games for the PS2. Not only that but everybody I know with a Wii pirates all their games (sad, but true). I know a lot of people with a lot of PS2 games. Even I still have and play my ps2 quite often and I alone have roughly 50 games. The next most games I own is for the 360 and that's only about a dozen. If I owned a Wii I would only own about 5.

Who cares what Reggie Fizz says about sales figures - it's not like nintendo are going to give us a cut of the profits.

Singh400 said,
Meh, anyone can spin figures. No console will be more popular than the PS2 ever. I just can't see it happening.

Especially the Wii.

Singh400 said,
Meh, anyone can spin figures. No console will be more popular than the PS2 ever. I just can't see it happening.

That's what people thought when the SNES was around ... it was the highest seller at one point.

Then everyone said no one would knock Sony off it's #1 position.

Don't think things aren't possible. Nintendo single handedly reinvented the games industry ... they know what they're doing in the most cases.

I don't buy it. The Wii has the lowest attach rate of the current gen consoles. Although they may have sold more consoles at the same point in their lifecycle.

Talk about a stupid topic......either show TOTAL SALES FIGURES in the USA, & WORLDWIDE or don't bother.....

I call bull****!

PS2: 60 million+ in North America ALONE.
Wii: 70 million+ WORLD WIDE.

How the Wii can sell more software than the Playstation 2 in USA, when the PS2 had almost double the consoles sold in the same places makes this CEO's claims far-fetched and hard to believe.

/- Razorfold said,

Exactly, how the Wii can sell more software than a console that has it almost 2:1 in terms of consoles sold is hard to believe.

It says "life-to-date," people. The Wii has been around for about 3.5 years and has sold more units and software than the PS2 had sold 3.5 years into its life. Thus, the Wii is performing better than the PS2 so far. Obviously, the PS2 has a huge head-start. Whether or not the Wii ever catches up to it's total sales is still up in the air.

MindTrickz said,

Exactly, how the Wii can sell more software than a console that has it almost 2:1 in terms of consoles sold is hard to believe.

Not really, it's possible. Speaking from my own experience, which certainly would vary, all my friends that have Wiis have more games than my friends that had PS2s.

Also where I grew up, Hong Kong, a lot of ps2 games were pirates so those wouldn't have counted as sales either.

Not to mention the Nintendo guy did say Wii software sales at this point of time are more than PS2's were at a similar point in time. I assumed from that he meant 4-5 years into the life of the PS2, where as you're taking it to mean the entire lifetime of the ps2 (10 years)

Aaron44126 said,
It says "life-to-date," people. The Wii has been around for about 3.5 years and has sold more units and software than the PS2 had sold 3.5 years into its life. Thus, the Wii is performing better than the PS2 so far. Obviously, the PS2 has a huge head-start. Whether or not the Wii ever catches up to it's total sales is still up in the air.

I suppose I was thrown of by the sensationalist headline that says "OVERALL".