The gang over at VGChartz sent this press release, and I thought I would share it with you guys.
With sell through data now in for the week ending July 26, 2008 Nintendo’s Wii console has topped 30 million units in lifetime sales worldwide. Given the lag time between shipments and sell through, and that Wii shipments are likely at ~30m through June 30, 2008 (we’ll see in a few hours) Wii should pass the lifetime shipments of the Nintendo 64 (32.9m ) sometime in August, and Wii is positioned to surpass SNES shipments (49.1m ) by the end of either Nintendo’s third quarter (December 31, 2008) or by the end of Nintendo’s fiscal year (March 31, 2009).
To reach 30 million units, Wii has sold 13.12m in the Americas in 88 weeks, 6.49m in Japan in 86 weeks, and 10.4m in Others in 86 weeks since (the European) launch. Such rates average out to sales of roughly 149,000/week in the Americas, roughly 75,500/week in Japan, and roughly 121,000/week in Others. Since Wii has already topped Gamecube in every major world region, Nintendo 64 in Japan and Others , SNES in Others , and NES in Others , the remaining question is how long it will take to top NES shipments worldwide, which stand at 61.91m to become Nintendo’s best selling console of all time. Since Wii will top 40m shipped worldwide within about two years of its late 2006 launches, the NES could find Wii breathing down its neck by this time next year.