A few weeks before the official NPD December sales statistics trudge their way through the sloshy snow, Nintendo came up with some figures of their own, and they all spell m-0-n-e-y.
According to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, the company sold over 3 million Wiis in December, up from 2.15 during the same time the year before and over 4 million copies of New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
“The millions of people who bought Nintendo hardware during the holidays can look forward to enjoying great games on those systems now and in the future,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for Nintendo DS, and Wii Fit Plus and New Super Mario Bros. Wii are all currently providing Nintendo fans with amazing experiences and fun adventures for the whole family.”
I’ve worked retail for years, and I can say with full confidence, that this year was the busiest I’ve ever seen, especially and totally in the Nintendo department. I had to punch a grandmother in the chest to score my copy of New Super Mario Bros.