On Wednesday Nintendo announced the full lineup of Wii and Nintendo DS game titles the world can look forward to in Q1 of 2009. Totaling 39 Wii games and 64 titles for the Nintendo DS, Nintendo fans have a busy quarter ahead as Nintendo’s console sales continue to leave competing systems in the dust. Highlights for the DS include My Personal Diary, Hot ‘n’ Cold and My Fashion Studio Paris Collection while Wii console owners can look forward to instant hits like Onechanbara Bikini Zombie Slayers, Burger Island and Sega’s video game interpretation of the classic Martin Lawrence film SONIC and the Black Knight. Seriously though, there are some undoubtedly huge titles lined up for both consoles such as new Pokemon and Grand Theft Auto games for the DS and a new version of DanceDanceRevolution for the Wii. Hit the jump for the complete list with release timing where available and look for Nintendo to keep trouncing the competition for quite a while to come.
Maybe it’s an escape from the reality of these tumultuous times, maybe it’s a result of the higher unemployment rate freeing up schedules or perhaps it’s just because people like playing games – whatever the case, October was a huge month for the videogame industry. Two of the big three consoles saw healthy sales increases and industry sales as a whole climbed a remarkable 18%. In terms of consoles, any enthusiast could probably tell you how each of the big three fared. We already know that the Wii is on record pace but that doesn’t keep us from being impressed by a month to month increase of almost 17% to 803,210 consoles sold in October. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 also saw a nice bump from 347,200 units solid in September to 371,000 in October. On the flip side of the coin, literally, Sony’s PlayStation 3 dropped over 18% to 190,000 units sold. It wasn’t all bad news for Sony however; the company released its highly anticipated Little Big Planet game near the end of October and still managed to snag the number eight spot among top sellers with a remarkable 215,000 units sold in just five days. Microsoft’s Fable II game topped the list with 790,000 copies sold. All in all, things are looking extremely bring for the industry as a whole. Despite the downward trend being experienced by industries across the globe, videogame industry sales look like they will top $22 billion in 2008.
Two years is all it took for the Wii to slide on past its grandfather and sneak into the number five spot on the all time best-selling console list. That’s right folks, the spunky young newcomer rang up an impressive 34.55 million units sold around the world and it still has plenty of lifespan to go. Comparatively, the classic it replaces on the list, N64, has sold 32.93 million units since it was released over twelve years ago. Sure the Wii still has plenty of fight in it but the five-spot was pretty easy to snag. Fourth place on the all time list shouldn’t be a problem either as the SNES holds that position with only 49.1 million systems sold. Then comes the hard part. NES is sitting pretty at number three all time with 61.91 million units sold, and is preceded by Sony’s Playstation with an impressive 102.49 million. Sitting atop the pile is the Playstation 2 with a remarkable 140 million systems sold worldwide. It’s doubtful that the Wii will ever reach that mark but if it can somehow manage to keep up this pace, who knows? To further emphasize the accomplishment, the Playstation 3 was also released in 2006 and to date it has sold 16.84 million consoles. Yup, the Wii has more than doubled its sales. After all these years Nintendo has finally figured out that gamers actually want to move. Who knew?