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Got Mii a Wii


nintendo-wii.jpgI got a Nintendo Wii this morning – suh-weet! 😀

The Wii has been out for about 7 months and it’s still ridiculously hard to get one. However, it should start to get easier to find a Wii in the next couple of months since Nintendo said they are ramping up production and are aiming to sell 14 million consoles by March 2008.

Here’s how I got my Wii:

  • Friday, April 27 (5:30pm): I stopped by Target (Somerville, MA) on my way home from work to see if they had any Wiis.
  • The sales clerk told me they were sold out (what a shocker!) but they should be getting more on Sunday, April 29 (he didn’t know how many they were getting).
  • Sunday, April 29 (7:15am): Since Target opens at 8am on Sundays, I got there at 7:15am and there were already 4 people waiting.
  • Sunday, April 29 (7:30am): A Target manager came out and gave us tickets to buy the Wii (they had 18 in total) – I got ticket #5.
  • Sunday, April 29 (8:05am): I bought the Wii and was on my way out the door.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a Wii, I would recommend getting one – the games are ridiculously fun.

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U.S. sales of video game consoles during March – Wii still #1


The Nintendo Wii was the #1 selling next-gen video game console in the U.S. during the month of March.  Following the Wii were Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s Playstation 3.

The specific sales numbers were:

  1. Wii: 259,000
  2. Xbox 360: 199,000
  3. PS3: 130,000

Interestingly, the PS2 outsold all next-gen consoles by selling 280,000 units.

Total dollar sales for video game consoles in March was $257 million.

So, we see the PS3 being outsold by the Wii and Xbox 360 – nice!  🙂

[Reuters via Digg]

Filed under: Gaming, Nintendo, Playstation 3, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

Sales of PS3 fall 18% in Japan from Apr. 9 – Apr. 15


The latest sales data is out and the news for Sony is not good – the PS3 continues its ‘thud.’

During the same week Nintendo saw the Wii increase in sales by 44% while Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has declined 2%.

Here are the weekly sales numbers:

– DS Lite: 133,325 22,480 (20.28%)
– Wii: 75,759 23,176 (44.08%)
– PSP: 24,850 6,653 (21.12%)
– PS2: 12,872 1,362 (9.57%)
– PS3: 11,948 2,572 (17.71%)
– Xbox 360: 2,900 63 (2.13%)
– GBA SP: 654 179 (21.49%)
– Game Boy Micro: 617 105 (20.51%)
– Gamecube: 167 88 (34.51%)
– DS Phat: 146 56 (62.22%)
– GBA: 26 14 (116.67%)

Frankly, I’m happy to see these results because I am not a fan of Sony or the PS3.

[via Joystiq]

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The Nintendo Wii Phenomena


Ever since the Nintendo Wii was released everyone has been talking about how it appeals to people of all generations and sexes. Last night was the first time I experienced this first-hand.

My company held a ‘casino night’ at the Boston Seaport hotel and, at the end of the night, we were given a certain number of raffle tickets (that was determined by the amount of chips we had at the end of the night). There were 4 prizes that we could enter to win and – you guessed it – one of them was a Nintendo Wii. To my amazement, almost everyone knew what it was and knew it was the “hot” thing to have. Not only that, they knew how hard it was to get one. To top it off, a few of the managers (who are married and have children) told me how they’d love to win the Wii but “my wife would kill me if I brought it home.” I was shocked (in a good way) to hear these comments because it shows how gaming is becoming more accepted.

Oh, and in case if you were wondering, I got 20 raffle tickets and entered all of them for the Wii. Did I win it? Nope. 😦

All in all, it was a great time and winning the Wii would’ve just been icing on the cake.

Filed under: Gaming, Nintendo, Wii