Nintendo heralds record year in Europe

Wii sells 8.3 million across the continent in 2009; 11.2 million DS units shipped sets new hardware record for the region.

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Two years after the Nintendo DS broke the 10-million sales mark in Europe, Nintendo has announced that there are now 30 million copies of the handheld in the wild throughout the territory. 2008 saw 11.2 million DS Lites sold across the continent, which is more than any other console has ever shipped in a single calendar year, according to the Mario factory.

It wasn't too shabby a year for the Wii, either. The device sold 8.3 million units on the year, which is 58 percent more than in 2007. That number brought the install base up to 14.2 million, compared to 8 million for its nearest rival, Microsoft's Xbox 360, and approximately 7 million for Sony's PlayStation 3.

"The sales trend on both Wii and Nintendo DS...shows that more and more people in Europe are enjoying video games as part of their daily lives," said Laurent Fischer, Nintendo of Europe's managing director for marketing and public relations. "This proves that Nintendo's wish to expand the gaming population has strong potential in Europe."

2009 is shaping up to be an interesting year for the DS in Europe, with Rockstar's GTA: Chinatown Wars being confirmed as the first game for the handheld to receive an 18 rating from the British Board of Film Classification. Other news includes the DSi's arrival in the territory during the first half of the year, as well as the continued expansion of the console's nongaming software portfolio.

Asked by GameSpot what impact the DSi might have on sales during 2009, a Nintendo spokesman declined to comment, simply saying "We're not talking about the DSi right now."

Discussion

54 comments
Sonicplys
Sonicplys

I keep tellin y'all: Wii tha best man, listen.

Hockenberry
Hockenberry

I think that they release a new system too soon. Like one more every four to five years and the previous console last only six years. Thats very tough on people who cant get these systems right away cause they cost alot and as soon as they get them they find out that they are no longer making games for that system. I think they should start slowing down a bit. They should release a new system once every 10 years for that Company. Or at least do it the way Sony does it where they release a system but the previous system has a ten year life span. But I still think it would be better to wait ten years for a new system. Cause we can wait, when new games come out and we are having fun, we can wait. Plus that will give companies time for thinking what their next console should be, and also if they keep releasing one every four years....very soon they will run out of ideas!

lionheart234
lionheart234

i cant wait for the dsi..... love my ds lite but this one looks so kool... =p

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

The Wii has so much potential but I feel like no developer can be bothered to realise it. Even Nintendo, who are just releasing updated Gamecube games this year, can't be bothered. What I want for my Wii. A hard drive so I can download new content for existing games, e.g. I am bored stiff of the existing Wii Fit exercises and have thus lost motivation to do them. If it had a hard drive then I download new ones. Wii Fit is supposed to be used for life but I cant be expected to do the same boring exercises for my entire life? Wii Motion Plus to be fully realised. I want to play a new Punch Out! and have it feel like boxing for real. One of those massive battle games where I can run around with a katana and wield it realistically and parry, slash and stab convincingly. I just want the Wii remote to immerse me fully instead of being something I flick about occasionally in a gimmicky way. Like in No More Heroes. I wanted to handle that light sabre in a realistic way not just press the sodding A button and flick up the remote for a fancy wrestling move. Develop some new franchises from up and coming designers. Now Miyamoto is good but he wont be there forever and then Nintendo will be screwed unless they can develop some new talent and franchises. Lets bring Nintendo into the 21st century, gamewise.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

So maybe now Europe might start being treated better? Consider how much better those sales figures could have been if you had released the same time in Europe as you did in Japan/US - whose figures get boosted by Europeans buying imports rather than wait 6-9 months

rasterror
rasterror

but how many people play their Wii's/ Mine just sits and waits for the next great game. Hopefully Mad World will be worth it because I'm about ready to ebay the cotton pickin' thing.

da_illest101
da_illest101

everyone is different, some like the wii some don't, I don't so i brought a ps3 and very happy with my choice, just go buy what you feel like playing who cares about the sells

tig1979
tig1979

Don't own a Wii but im pleased for Nintendo, with all the next-gen games stuff the only original console system maker are proving they can still cut it against the might of Sony and MS, good for them

gameking5000
gameking5000

The wii is going very well so far and it's quite a good console with good games. But I wonder when the wii "empire" declines. Hope its not soon as it's a great console and deserves to be selling fast.

mamkem6
mamkem6

Not big difference between X360 and PS3 considering that PS3 came 16 months after X360 and higher price tag for PS3

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

I have to admit that love it or hate it Nintendo definately is playing their "A" Game. While Microsoft and Sony have been struggling with their sales numbers, Nintendo is still selling their systems like hot cakes. Other than a couple of patent lawsuits there is hardly a storm cloud in the sky for Nintendo. Just one of many reasons I think Nintendo sold its collective soul to the Devil. Just like the Devil to use the Wii to get to the innocent children.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

It just shows it's a nice piece of entertainment kit. I may have not played mine since Super Mario Galaxy but I didnt touch my 360 or my PS3 for months while I was playing SMG....so, if a cool game comes out for a console...thats the console that gets my attention at that time. Good for nintendo though. They tried to pull a Microsoft with the Gamecube (all about power) but look how the sales turned out for them....they need to change strategy to survive even if they have to disappoint a couple of gamers along the way.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@Dumper1 The brain dead butten mashers of this generation are mostly buying X360's or PS3's. Always wanting something new but, too afraid to play a game that is completly different from what they are already use to playing.

cuddlesofwar
cuddlesofwar

Dumper - What gives you the right to down on there chosen games? Game quality is 100% subjective. That means it's ALL opinion. The best way to judge game quality is by sales, and sadly, more people like Certain Wii games more then most Xbox/PS3 games.

Dumper1
Dumper1

How sad that a machine that has only a handful of quality games sells 8.3 million. It seems the brain dead generation are happy with their button mashers.

capitalthoughts
capitalthoughts

Disney targeted the family with Disneyland...the amusement industry hasn't been the same since and not once since Disneyland has opened has it been dethroned from the top visited individual park on the planet except for other Disney parks i.e. Tokyo Disneyland. Nintendo targeted the family with the Wii, and they have yet to be dethroned. These self proclaimed "hardcore" gamers are a tiny minority. Keep flaming the Wii and the people who enjoy it, you only sound like little "kiddies" crying because they don't have the most popular toy on the block and ALL VIDEO GAMES ARE TOYS.

FoxMcCloudDS
FoxMcCloudDS

I don't see why there is all this hate on Wii. I know people will thumbs down me on this, but if you look past all the crap games (carni games, Fit, Music, ect) there are tons of hardcore games on the system. Not to mention, people that are fans of the Platformer genre should love. Mario Galaxy, Zelda, Mario Kart, Zack & Wiki, RE4, RE: UC, Animal Crossing, Wario Land Shake it, No More Hero's and more. Look at what is coming too. Klonoa on Wii, NMH2, Sin and Punishment 2, Mad World, Pikmin and Mario Tennis with new controll, Pikmin 3, and there is a lot more then I said here. Now even Wii Ware is getting some of the most talked about games on the system itself with games such as World of Goo, Megaman 9, and Lost Winds. Did people forget what happened with GameCube? It had less of these hard core titles, even if the crappy carnival games type were absent. Wii does have the most "fun" games in my opinion, it's just missing the "hardcore FPS and Third person" games everyone came to love on xbox live. Don't forget about what we played back in the day guys, when the most bad-a** thing was jumping on a flagpole at the end of a level :)

jfvert
jfvert

The Wii is great, but the best handheld system of all time is the DS. There are a ridiculous number of kick ass games for the DS.

SoNin360
SoNin360

I want to hear some bad news about the Wii or Nintendo on here for once... the only games im really lookin forward to this year for the Wii\Ds is GTA Chinatown Wars and maybe a few others but otherwise not much else. Will be looking forward to many games this year however on another system...

botanisk
botanisk

Well Mario is technically european, so its about time.

gex99999
gex99999

until this generation i always stuck with nintendo, so its sad for me to say that i am dissapointed with the wii, nintendo has continued a nasty trend seen towards the back end of the gamecubes era - letting any crap get published on their consoles, i bought the wii when it first came out and the best games i got were within about 3 or so months of getting it, what do we have on the shelves now? carnival games, wii play rip-offs and sonic and mario at the olympics, cmon nintendo give us some real ninty games before i sell this expensive paperweight and stick with microsoft.

Goldmatter
Goldmatter

Its a shame, i honestly love nintendos core franchises and have enjoyed them all throughout my childhood (i'm 21 now). I can say now in all honesty after buying my Wii i soon got bored and frustrated at there being no choice for people who do want to just play games normally. I am forced into using a controller which is not suited for most of the games i would play, Zelda, Mario Galaxy etc etc, They would play better without the Wii-Mote. This has also meant the time and development put into working on Motion games has lead to a lack of proper games being released while nintendo make rubbish (IMO) games like Wii Music, Wii Play etc etc. When i would of much prefered faster more capable hardware with Nintendo's touch. I honestly feel microsoft have produced the best medium of games,services and innovation at an affordable price. My 360 is my second most used console i have ever owned ,just behind my gamecube.

1357900
1357900

The Wii is a great system. I play mine often. I know people who don't have a Wii, but a PS3, &/or a 360, &/or all 3. They seem to be having no less gaming fun w/o the Wii. This means that: 1.Each console has it's own 1ups over the other 2, 2.You can have fun w/ all 3 consoles, 3.It's just a matter of personal tastes. However, I will say that N needs to deliver more games of the "traditional gaming" nature, & for 2 yr.s 2 months into the Wii's lifespan, it has only less than roughly 10-15 games that I would describe/classify as "traditional games".

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

It wasn't too shabby a year for the Wii either. The device sold 8.3 million units on the year--58 percent more than in 2007 Shouldn't it be 2008 instead since the caption clearly states the Wii sold 8.3 million units in "2009". Marzillius Posted Jan 15, 2009 6:18 pm GMT Nintendo pwns, but seriously, Europe has a bigger population than the US and still they aim at the US more, and first now they discover that we actually exist? Well duh. Nintendo makes the most money off you guys.

khariss
khariss

ow god nearly everyone i know who bought a wii got bored of it in a few weeks so it may sell well but how many people have played there wii as much as i played my pc or ps3 plus sega where always better lol MEGA DRIVE FOREVER

madmansgates
madmansgates

I remember miyamoto saying that the main purpose for nintendo is to promote "fun" in gaming... da wii's doing that for all ages. it's good 2see them still going. Good for them. The N64 is still my best console. nothing touches 1080,blast corps etc etc etc!

Dynamo321
Dynamo321

"I agree with Mattcake, I am tired of hearing how well Nintendo is doing cause I dont think the Wii and the DS are that great of a system. The only reason why they sell more is cause more younger kids want to have them and Nintendo is known for a younger audience." Actually, I happen to own them all other then the ps3. (I don't care for the games very much) I also say the Wii and DS are superior systems for the customer. I'm not a child, actually 26 years old. It's just the fact Microsoft puts out absolute crap products; their quality rivals that of dirt. Ps3... well the system is sure built solid... But can't find any games I'd really get into to spend that on it. Instead of trying to push the 360, fix some problems. Instead of trying new marketing campaigns on Vista, try actually making the thing worth buying. As for the Wii and Ds; they sell well because they are fun and people don't have any problems. (cost effectiveness for HD etc comes into play as well but thats a negative and positive depending on the buyer, not everyone can use it.) I do enjoy the Ds much more then the Wii though.

wiifan001
wiifan001

If you don't appreciate the Wii then it's your own dang fault, not Nintendo's.

payne6705
payne6705

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Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

Nintendo has conquered the world, right under our noses, by NOT playing the game. They detoured from the graphics race everyone else bought into (and splurged on until it hurt). Instead they risked focusing on gameplay style, accepting only a minor step in graphics, just enough to make it "look good" compared to GC. The DS was the bigger gamble (in Nintendo's eyes), we know this because they stressed in the early days that it wasn't the Gameboy line's successor and both would be supported as brothers in arms (HA!). DS was GBA only, and DS Lite had a cover so you didn't have to keep one in it to protect the connectors. Now with DSi, the GBA connections are being fully severed. If had access to their online store, I'd be more interested in getting one, but what I'm really looking forward to is the actually successor in the DS line.

Hockenberry
Hockenberry

I agree with Mattcake, I am tired of hearing how well Nintendo is doing cause I dont think the Wii and the DS are that great of a system. The only reason why they sell more is cause more younger kids want to have them and Nintendo is known for a younger audience. If you look at most of the Wii and DS games, they arent that many great games. I think the last great game I played on the Wii was Super Mario Galaxy. Meanwhile the PS3 and the X-Box 360 have alot better games. Yeah I know it is fun to actually have fun motion sensors in games like the Wiii but I need entertaining games as well. It's just like movies where even though the movie can get a very bad review, it still does well in the box office cause everyone thinks it would be good so they spend there money and then they are disappointed after. I remember doing a servey at my school and the other highschool for class and I ask them which is the best system out of each of of the three systems. Even though alot of people have the Wii cause it is cheaper and pretty exciting at first, more people said it in this order: 1. Sony's Ps3, 2. Microsoft's X-Box 360, and 3. Nintendo's Wii. and I agree with all of them too.

mattcake
mattcake

Argh sick of hearing how much money Nintendo is making. Stop buggering about and a) lower the price of the wii and ds, b) get some stock of wii fit before my mum kills me, and c) get Wii Sports Resort out with the remote addon. Not heard any news on Resort in ages and it looked very promising...

Inconnux
Inconnux

The DS is just plain fun. everyone has one in my house and we often have family matches (metroid family deathmatch!). The Wii is just as fun in groups. I will take sheer funfactor over fancy graphics any day.

bigM10231
bigM10231

my wii just sits there not being played because the wii is a party console not a single player console

Marzillius
Marzillius

Wow, you discovered Europe, well done Nintendo -.- Nintendo pwns, but seriously, Europe has a bigger population than the US and still they aim at the US more, and first now they discover that we actually exist?

Ash_Korsair
Ash_Korsair

nintendo dominance going up! quality of gaming in general going down! i hate u nintendo and i hope all those casual bstrds wont buy your next console as some other fashion item will be hot

specialed
specialed

I had a wii, enjoyed it for some of the games I was interested in for it, but really, I enjoyed the wii bowling and Dr mario on the VC more than any other game. I even. sold it for the 360, and I dont have any regrets about doing it. I guess the wii just didnt suit me after all.

enoslives7
enoslives7

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FoxExecutive
FoxExecutive

If your Wii is collecting dust then you need to get some real life friends. You aren't utilizing it right. It's meant to be used in a group with friends. Nintendo has stressed in their commercials that you play together. There are some quality single player games however, but can anyone say Super Smash Bros parties? You buy a pizza, get some soda/beer, and then beat the hell out of each other.

Hekynn
Hekynn

They need more software for the Wii though maybe HL1-2 on the Wii just turn the graphics down a bit for the Wii to run Hl2 and boom even more sales =D

calvinx6
calvinx6

Nintendo doing there thing as usual. And whats with all these man baby crying.

sirfrieden
sirfrieden

Oh and also... My Wii has 1 purpose... Virtual console. It just gathers dust otherwise.

sirfrieden
sirfrieden

Whoever said the DS is full of great games... I have to strongly agree! I love my DS for a great many reasons, but I also wonder if the touch screen was really necessary to its success? Most of the great DS games hardly utilize it at all (New Super Mario Bros., Castlevania series to name a couple). Even so, there are some blockbusters that use it a whole lot (Phantom Hourglass, Metroid Prime Hunters). I still feel that the system would have been even better in my eyes had it been 1 screen with a graphical boost, and maybe a joystick. I know it sounds like I'm describing the PSP, but would that have been so bad under a Nintendo license? It worked for the Gameboys...

CrushedGroove
CrushedGroove

Wow, Nintendo just refuses to slow down. I'm interested to see how the next generation will go for them. I want to see if all the moms and grandparents will be willing to get a new system after only three or four years. These are the same folks who had an NES for 15 years before it finally died. Nintendo's big challenge will be to find a way to get all these folks to buy yet another system, but I'm sure they have staff working like mad to come up with a solution.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Sure to piss off the 360 and PS3 fanboys on here, a gimmick with no games and gamecube specs just kicked their beloved consoles arses. Yet again having FUN is proved as the most important part of owning a console. By the way I'm a 360 fanboy, but have a Wii and PS3. So I must be a casual gamer as well.

yoyoman10
yoyoman10

the DSI???? already? thats too soon.