Nintendo Projects 20 Million Wii Sales by Apr 2008

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Just ten days ago, we ran an article that Nintendo’s stock was at an all-time high and that their financials would show “income of $8.1 billion for the year ended March 31, 2007.” Now Nintendo has released fresh numbers in a press release detailing just how successful their Nintendo DS system was last year, as well as the launch of Wii:

“The results are due largely to full-year sales of more than 23 million portable Nintendo DS systems globally, along with 123 million Nintendo DS games. Since introduction, the Nintendo DS has now eclipsed lifetime sales of 40 million systems.

In addition, in less than five months since introduction, the company sold 5.84 million of its new Wii home video game systems globally, virtually every one snapped up immediately by consumers, along with nearly 29 million Wii games. Wii has taken a step toward becoming a cultural phenomenon, appealing widely to both avid and previously disinterested game-playing audiences.

For the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2007, Nintendo projects sales of 14 million Wii systems and 55 million games worldwide. The company projects sales of 22 million Nintendo DS hardware unit sales and 130 million software units sales,” the press release says. Add the numbers together and Nintendo projects that the Wii will have global sales of nearly 20 million in just 17 months (less than a year and a half) on the market, which is nearly the same that the GameCube managed in five years.

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