Lifetime Wii, DS hardware and software sales revealed

DS install base almost three times the size of 360 or PS3

In its third quarter financial report released today (in which profits slumped some 74 per cent compared to last year), the Japanese firm revealed worldwide sales of 84.6 million for the Wii, and a total of 144.6 million for the combined DS range.

This puts the handheld range's install base not too far shy of being twice as large as Wii.

The PS3 and 360, meanwhile, have lifetime hardware sales of 41.6 million and 50 million. (Note, however, that Sony has not released figures since October, while Microsoft declared the 50 million milestone just this month).

23.5 million of the total DS install base were DSis, and 9.43 million DSi XLs.

Lifetime software sales for DS were 817.5 million, and 695 million for Wii.

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James Prendergast Research Chemist 7 years ago
So..... which numbers are classified as 'shipped' sales and which ones have actually been 'sold'? Or has the industry begun to actually work using the same measurements?

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Terence Gage Freelance writer 7 years ago
Interesting that the Wii has a significantly higher software attach rate with an average of 8.22 games per console sale, versus the DS's 5.65.
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Antony Cain Lecturer in Computer Games Design, Sunderland College7 years ago
Could blame piracy for that Terence :)
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 7 years ago
Ha ha; I never even thought of that!

In which case, it would be interesting to see the PSP's lifetime software and hardware sales too.
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Neil Young Programmer, Rebellion Developments7 years ago
It's not comparing like with like on attach rate - I doubt many people bought a second wii unless the first one broke, but some will have upgraded between DS models.

Also, I suspect portables are rather more likely to need replacing due to accidental damage.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
All figures from the console manufacturers are shipped units unless specified as consumer sell through via a 3rd party tracker (e.g., NPD, Media Create). To them, they are "sold" because they sell them to retailers, wholesalers, distributors, etc...they don't sell directly to us consumers (except for digital distribution).

Portable consoles always have a lower attach rate that home consoles. Even before piracy was big player. But Neil touches on one of the larger reasons why....multiple models per user.

As for Wii's attach rate, it's actually pretty close to that of the PS3. And even higher in the US.

The PSP's attach rate is even lower than that of the DS. Piracy and the use of the PSP as a media player or legacy gaming emulator system has harmed the PSP's software sales compared to hardware sales pretty badly. We'll know exact numbers soon.
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James Prendergast Research Chemist 7 years ago
@ Jimmy, You'd think that but it's not always the case and they hardly ever specify....
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
They don't always specify but it's industry standard. All reported "sold" units are units hipped as that's what documented for their SEC filings. They can't report units actually sold to consumers to the SEC as that would be illegal.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 7 years ago
It's staggering to think what Nintendo has made in licensing fees alone.
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games7 years ago
well the comparisons are made on fiscal years and competitors have some bragging rights and way to manoeuvre so they present their platforms as more successful and prestigious than they really are, however it seems many fail to forget the disparaging difference in userbase volume, which this report makes sure we don't :)

If i remember correctly the only sales that are actual sales are those from Japan. The rest of the world is shipped (that is sold to retailers but unknown how many have reached the end user). The same applies for all consoles though.
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Daniel Garcia Prieto LT Tester German, Electronic Arts7 years ago
I just hope they get the piracy issue under control with the new 3DS.
I'd like companies to earn more!
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