Nintendo's Wii scores big sales

by Steve Morales, CBCNews.ca

Nintendo's Wii video game console outsold Sony's PlayStation 3 six to one in June in Japan, Japanese publishing company Enterbrain Inc. said Monday.

Nintendo has said it sold 5.84 million Wii machines worldwide in the five months since its release in November, 2.3 million in the Americas, and 2 million in Japan. The Kyoto-based company said it expected to sell 14 million more Wii machines in the fiscal year ending in March 2008.

Sony has shipped 5.5 million PS3 machines in the fiscal year through March.

Nintendo also holds the edge in portable gaming. The company's Nintendo DS portable machine has sold strongly, while Sony has struggled with its offering, the PlayStation Portable.

Enterbrain found that Wii also outsold Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 in Japan in June by a more than 6-to-1 margin.

Although the Wii has been on sale since late last year, the consoles are selling so briskly that supply still hasn't caught up with demand and lines reportedly still form when shipments arrive at some stores.

The latest numbers suggest that Nintendo's lead is widening. Wii outsold PS3 just four to one in April and five to one in May, according to Enterbrain.