100,000 Wiis sold in Australia

Wii fastest to 100,000 unit sales in Australia; Super Paper Mario gets release window.

The Nintendo Wii already has the title of fastest-launch seller of any console released in Australia, and today it added another feather to its cap. Figures from industry tracker GfK Australia show that 100,000 Wiis have now been sold down under since the console's launch on December 7, 2006--the quickest a home console has reached the 100k mark in Australia.

The previous quickest-to-100,000-sales was the Xbox 360. The 360, which was launched in Australia on March 23, 2006, took approximately seven months to reach that milestone. The Wii took six months and two weeks.

With all three next-generation consoles out for months in Australia, the three majors have been busily beating their chests about how successful their individual products have been. Microsoft was the last one to boast, releasing figures earlier this month showing it had sold one million pieces of software in Australia.

And in other Wii news, Nintendo Australia has finally given an approximate date for the local release for Super Paper Mario. The anticipated game is scheduled for release in September this year, although Nintendo has not confirmed a specific date in the month.

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Video_Tycoon
Video_Tycoon

Hey Brambler, PS3 is just a PS2 with different games and "better" games with horrible motion sensor. And a PS2 is a PSX with the bugs fixed and again, "better" graphics. So yeah, the Wii is very different, seen the controller? Wireless? Not a disk Tray...Internet Capabilites...not cube shaped... So, take your PS3 and shove it! At least 360 fans don't diss every single console that isn't from Microsoft.

interpolred
interpolred

Way to go, Nintendo! It's good to see that the Wii is successful. They will continue being successful as long as they keep churning out fun and innovative games.

Regginator14520
Regginator14520

Some people may call Wii "Gamecube with Motion Sensors" and claim the Wii is not "Next Gen". Who the hell gave you the right to classify what is "next gen" and whats not? The Wii is the revolution of the next Generation consoles, it lacks HD Graphics, but it has superior motion sensor technology that makes it Next-Gen and more fun to play then the other "HD" consoles. Wii is the Elite, can't F with it, kickin ass and taking names. Kicking ass and taking names,

Lordknight125
Lordknight125

Good Job Nintendo!!! I hope you keep it up and I hope that the game play won't get repetitive, ok?Coz because of the lack of games right now, I feel bored with my wii and enjoy my 360 more. I'm hoping for great games in the future!!! A round of applause for the BIG N!!!!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

so, there are at least 100,000 aussies that like to have fun.

jiggyfly416
jiggyfly416

nintendo is for 35 yr. old grown men who still live with their mothers

TrumpyTheDog
TrumpyTheDog

"Brambler: 100,000 gamecubes with motion sensor controls sold in Austrailia! Last-gen rules!" So as a PS3 fanboy, how does it feel to be beaten senseless in the market by something you though you had crushed? Why don't you crawl back home and go shake your sixaxis, you know, that inferior motion sensing controller on the last place console.

gcps2master
gcps2master

an aussie gamer here too, i have a wii and most of my friends too, or a 360. Noone i know has a ps3 except one guy who imported it from iraq for $500. I think wii i for fun multiplayer, 360 for online and great graphical games, and ps3 if u like sony-only games

bennae66
bennae66

gday im an aussie and in my circle of mates (keep in mind im 28-an older gamer) noone i know has a ps3 (tho 3 of us will buy one when sony get thier heads out of the sand and drop the price) i know at least 10 ppl with 360s (including me) and i know at least 6 ppl with wiis (including me) good to see the big N doing so well.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

In the UK, I'm sure more will sell if they're not so hard to find.

Anita_Bath
Anita_Bath

I'm from Australia, and i can't really see the Wii being a success in Australia. In my group of friends, no one has a Wii, no one really even has a next gen console. I got a PS3 a few weeks ago and i was the first person i know to do it. Most of the people i know who have next-gen, invested in an Xbox 360...

Nin10doFan44
Nin10doFan44

WOW 100,000 Wiis sold in Australia!?!? wow Nintendo good job releasing a great next gen console that is made for everyone!?

DiscoJoy
DiscoJoy

September for Paper Mario? About bloody time is all I can say. It is getting harder to deny the massive appeal of the console. However, while I am one of the console's biggest supporters, there are only so many "b-titles" we can take. The Australian/PAL region has been treated quite poorly in terms of software, despite the fact we are clearly supporting the console.

Brambler
Brambler

100,000 gamecubes with motion sensor controls sold in Austrailia! Last-gen rules!

cookoo4cocopuff
cookoo4cocopuff

And the Wii continues to be on steroids and sell out in Australia. lol

messiahtj
messiahtj

"Just to add my two cents to third parties complaining about the Wii: My understanding is that third parties are complaining because all of the Must Haves on the system are being developed by Nintendo, and they're having a hard time competing"...........awwww..........the must have titles u say????? LOL........Mario galaxy???? Mario Strikers???....Paper MArio???? Smash brothers?????........whoa man, how old are u ?????.............10??????.................the only titles ill get for why are sadness, no more heroes and.......nothing more.........cuz that's games show more focus on players, not kids....but te others.....LOL.

Ardiendo_1
Ardiendo_1

Don't forget there are only about 20 million Australians so to reach 100k in 6 months is a good feat.

hollin24
hollin24

ohoh, just keep rippin on sony

Themilkman418
Themilkman418

Just goes to show you that the Xbox 360 and the Wii are by far superior to the PS3 and their lack of games.

dancing_OGRE
dancing_OGRE

Austrailia is not the kind of culture known for sitting around playing video games. They are so pro sport. May be y its so successful i a nation that likes to be active and have fun playing zelda at the same time!!!

Nzilla
Nzilla

Way to go Nintendo! I expect sales figures for the Wii to remain consistently high, outperforming the other two consoles, especially as Super Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3, and Super Smash Bros Brawl are released, to name a few.

Trogeton
Trogeton

Considering the price, and how many kids are asking for them... well you know that ANYONE can get their hands on them

BonzaiiC
BonzaiiC

Wow, Australia is kind of.... behind the times?

KAIRYU-SHIN
KAIRYU-SHIN

And I'm still waiting for the response of all those fanboys that says "nintendo is falling" just because the first game charts in AU after the ps3 release were full of those games, WHERE ARE YOU?, n003s. Good for nintendo, but i'm still waiting for better games, and a ps3 price drop. NOTE: I don't know why with 20M+ ppl in the country, consoles sell that slow but meh, I supposed that AU is not a gaming country like UK, USA, JAP or MEx. meh.

The_AI
The_AI

That's absolutely brilliant, Xaovagon! WIITARDED!! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA! You are a total genius!! Oh, wait.

Muzykmann
Muzykmann

Oh yah. Xaovagon. Good point. Thanks for bringing such an insightful and original perspective to the discussion.

dekasuperlink
dekasuperlink

Wow Jared_Vegeta! Maybe Michale Moore should do a movie on the consperacy of Sony and M$ against the Wii or the sixaxis controller. Sarcasm is "IRONY"!!!!!!!! Your were just being facetiuos.

Pokeruler
Pokeruler

The population is 20,434,176

carddude
carddude

10,000. Thats the population

Raeldor
Raeldor

100,000 doesn't sound like that much. What's the population over there?

Muzykmann
Muzykmann

Porphyrous - Just to add my two cents to third parties complaining about the Wii: My understanding is that third parties are complaining because all of the Must Haves on the system are being developed by Nintendo, and they're having a hard time competing. Does that mean that third parties would prefer that Nintendo STOP making such quality titles? "Well, if you all stop making good games, then people might consider buying our below average releases". I guess I'm having a hard time seeing that side of it. Nintendo has released tools to help third parties develop on the console (such as the motion-learning tool that was posted on Nintedo's page just before the Wii's release), it's obviously the simplest of the systems to code for, I don't get what the complaints are from third parties. If they'd step up to the plate and release some quality titles, they would have nothing to complain about. I guess I'm just failing to see how Nintendo's ability to consistantly release quality titles could possibly be a bad thing. Somebody explain.

dmish82
dmish82

Jared_Vegeta, Yes, I do own a Wii. In fact I purchased it on launch day and except for Guitar Hero II, I haven't played my 360 since. There's been some great titles for it such as Zelda, The Godfather, the new Mortal Kombat, re-release of RE4, etc. In fact, I'll admit that I really didn't enjoy Super Paper Mario. I'll also admit there's not a ton of MUST-HAVES, but look at the 360 and PS3. They don't have really any must haves yet either. All 3 systems are still relatively new and all 3 are needing to get some must-have titles out to sell their system or all 3 will be in trouble.

joestierman
joestierman

wow paper mario takes that long??? it's already in english. do they really localize it for australia?

Jared_Vegeta
Jared_Vegeta

No Stabby, thats just because the whole reviewing industry is getting paid off by Sony and M$ so that they'll give the Wii bad reviews. /end sarcasm

Stabby
Stabby

"dmish82: Totally agree here. Seems like they are totally biased against the Wii and it's obvious in all of the reviews and news posts." Erm, no. Go the Game Rankings and you'll see what other reviewers, not just Gamespot think.

porphyrous
porphyrous

This is not a rip, but someone brings up a very good point, and I want to touch on it again. rkgambill wrote: "Personally I think Nintendo needs to seriously shift its attention to 3rd party development. Even though they sell systems at an amazing rate, all the big titles are 1st party and already 3rd party developers are beginning to complain." I understand what you're saying, and this has already been discussed in other articles' comments, and I blogged about it (click on my handle and scroll down a bit to my article "Third Party Follies". In a way, it's a chicken-or-egg problem. Nintendo itself is one of the finest game publishers in the world, and I don't mean this as a slam on Sony or Microsoft, but I don't think that they are as strong a 1st party publisher as Nintendo. So their consoles need 3rd party support to thrive. On the other hand, if you look at the 3rd party titles out so far on the Wii, many of them are....well.....bad. The perceived weakness in 3rd party support for the GameCube was caused by weak console sales. Publishers go where the money is. Now that Nintendo has rebounded with the Wii, I would expect 3rd party publishing to boom.....as long as the quality is there. There are too many resources available today to gamers for them to end up wasting money on bad games. And Nintendo *is* working on its third-party support....that's what that whole move of their PR department from Seattle to California was all about. David V .

Agreb91
Agreb91

Give Australia Super Paper Mario! It is a good game don't keep them waiting.

carddude
carddude

GIVE US GOOD GAMES NOW! Gwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!

porphyrous
porphyrous

ERoBB: Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition just came out, and it got a really good review. The Godfather: Blackhand Edition and Scarface: The World is Yours have also been reviewed favorably. Hopefully the success of some of these, as well as the lack of success of most of the mini-game collections, will sway publishers. As it is, the situation is slowly improving, with EA Sports updating Madden and Tiger Woods this fall and the addition of NBA Live, and 2K's The Bigs should be out next week, so the gaps in the sports areas are filling in decently. It'll get there. Mini-games pretty much scream "we figured the Wii would flop so this is what we could rush out to cash in". Just remember to reward publishers who supported the Wii from the beginning, like EA, with your dollars (as long as the quality is there, of course). By Christmas, we should be knee-deep in quality releases. David V .

Jared_Vegeta
Jared_Vegeta

dmish82, do you actually have a Wii? I mean, yeah, there are a few good games out, most of them are junk. The Wii is selling because its cheap and different. Sure, its fun the first week you have it, but then it drops off. If only they'd do a follow up on how many people who got Wii's at launch are still playing them now. Unless you want to play Zelda and Paper Mario for like 6 months.

dmish82
dmish82

-Squirrel- posted: "Gamespot, do you just not care to hide bias anymore or you just getting sloppy? Aren't your constant anti-Nintendo quotes of the day enough?" Totally agree here. Seems like they are totally biased against the Wii and it's obvious in all of the reviews and news posts.

dmish82
dmish82

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