500,000 Wiis sold in Australia

The Wii claims another sales record down under.

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The Nintendo Wii can claim another feather in its already impressive sales cap this week, with Nintendo Australia announcing that as of July 20, the Wii has sold more than 500,000 units to the Australian market. The hardware took a mere 84 weeks to reach the half-million mark, making it the fastest console to reach the sales milestone. The previous record holders, Sony’s PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo DS handheld, both reached the figure in 107 weeks of sale. Independent sales tracker GfK Australia confirmed the figures to GameSpot AU.

Nintendo Australia also took the opportunity to announce that over the same July sales audit period, its other popular console, the Nintendo DS handheld, had surpassed the 1.2 million units sold mark. The figures reinforce the continued dominance of the products in the Australian market, and in one week at the beginning of July, the DS sold in excess of 49,000 units--the highest single number of consoles ever sold in a week down under.

The figures are in line with significant sales growth outlined by the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia (IEAA) earlier this month--numbers which saw Australia surpass the A$1.57 billion sales mark and game hardware sales grow by 74 percent.

In the press release, future Wii and DS games were also given release dates for Australia. Trauma Center: Second Opinion is opening for surgery on August 28, while Wario Land: The Shake Dimension (formerly known as Wario Land: Shake It! in the US) will arrive on the Wii on September 25. On the DS, Etrian Odyssey comes out on August 14; Make 10: A Journey of Numbers is set for a September 4 release; and Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir is due in October.

Discussion

41 comments
lampshade820
lampshade820

My mom out of nowhere gave my wii to my stupid cousins one day. Made me quite miffed. Luckily, I got a new one.

Peach100
Peach100

The only reason so many were sold is because of the false demand that was created. Compared to the 360 the Wii is crap.

boobush
boobush

Ooh, hardcore games! If you know it doesn't have hardcore games and you still buy it, don't complain. It's kind of masochism.

mykel77
mykel77

i sold my wii for a 360. had it for awhile and am just sick of it, no hi def, dvd, and no hardcore games to play on it. its not for hardcore gamers. the novelty did where off. ill regret in it in 3 years when mario and zelda come out im sure, but at least i get Banjo Kazooie(n64 and new one) and fable II. better than wii music and wii cheer. derrrrr

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

And the world domination continues......

Gwottalegend
Gwottalegend

i couldnt agree more with flossie, and also i got the wifi thing but all the gamespot competitions are held before the games released here! (Mario Kart, Brawl)

FloSSiE_RuLz
FloSSiE_RuLz

I live in Australia and have a wii. and its really annoying how games are delayed here and more expensive. and rite now the Auzzie dollar is about 95 US cents so games prices should have dropped alot, but they never do

koin999
koin999

Hopefully this means Nintendo will stop treating Australia like a last priority and actually release games on time...

lamprey263
lamprey263

that's pretty good considering they pay a lot more for their consoles in Australia

taddia
taddia

uhm how i would like that the same situation would be like that here in italy eheh 8(

SSlater413
SSlater413

That's good for nintendo. Hopefully the Wii will remain strong into the future.

moose3469
moose3469

So everyone has one down there?

xbox360progamer
xbox360progamer

thats amazing never heard of any console doing anything like that..

Willy105
Willy105

Crikey! There are more Wii's down there than Koalas! Seriously, save the Koalas.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

Not surprising. Wii is the fastest selling hardware platform of all time, in terms of total global units sold. Including handhelds and personal computers.

whacker40
whacker40

heh, the wii australian sales are set to overtake the 360's japan sales in due time.

gstyle1975
gstyle1975

about time..whoo hoo..nintendo kicking ass..lets hope more developers come on board..

Cbok
Cbok

Fisher Price - My first console :D

jjr10
jjr10

OH MY GOD. TRAUMA CENTRE.

-CheeseEater-
-CheeseEater-

For a country of 21 Million in Population, and a AU1.57 billion sales mark is just tatally insane. This country pours cash into this market, and yet many publishers couldn't give a rats.

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

An impressive mark. Although hope to get better games.

devildemondruid
devildemondruid

there are 21 million aussies living down here. so an average 1 in 42 people have a wii.

Erebyssial
Erebyssial

We love our Wiis. :D Glad to know Wario Land isn't getting delayed, I hope it turns out well. @ShadowLaguna: It's heaps for a population of just over 20 million.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

agreed the more console nin sells , more we get like AND IT ALREADY HS OVER 900 TITLES, for only a year on the market thats the fastest growing game library weve seen since nes, over here in he us that is ,

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

The Wii has already more than doubled the total lifetime sales of the GC here, remarkable turn around after the success of the PS2 and X-Box here last gen. This actually means our market is now catching up to many smaller European countries after over 130% increase in hardware sales in just the last 2 years.

mikethemonkey
mikethemonkey

The more consoles they sell the more and better games we will get.

ivanfred
ivanfred

mikemetroid5565: 60% percent of those is probably for Super Smash Brothers Brawl. =============================== You are probably right. I bought the Wii for my niece so that we could play it as well.

roll450
roll450

Amazing, on how the wii could sell that well in the Aus.

tuznecote
tuznecote

I love how this console is sweeping up...

mikemetroid5565
mikemetroid5565

60% percent of those is probably for Super Smash Brothers Brawl.

robx360
robx360

Hey I remember that commercial. I think I might look it up on youtube.

sonic0491
sonic0491

make that 500 001, im yet to get mine.

stoner02
stoner02

Does anyone remember that ad for Super Mario 3 on the NES where everyone was standing shouting "MARIO! MARIO!" as it zoomed out to show the whole world in a Mario formation? Whoever would have thought it was such a premonition? :P