There are only partial reports yet, but the market analysts at NPD are teasing on North American retail store sales:
According to the firm’s preliminary estimates, as reported by CNBC, around 2 million Xbox 360 units were sold in North America from November up until December 25.
The figure for Nintendo Wii stood at 1.8 million units – despite the fact the console only launched in North America on November 19, and the first batch of stock sold out within hours.
Sony’s PS3 shortage left them with only 750,000 sales, but I’ll also be interested to see how the PS2 does.
Meanwhile, Nintendo Wii sales surge in Japan according to Media Create Co. Ltd.:
With the latest figures, Nintendo sits on the cusp of selling its millionth Wii console in Japan. To Dec. 24, a total of 824,311 units have been sold, putting the million mark well within reach during the last week of the year as long as the company can keep supplies flowing into shops. In contrast, total sales of the PlayStation 3, which has been on sale for 3 weeks longer than Wii, totaled 385,791 units due to lower supply.
The figures also delivered some good news for Microsoft Corp. Sales of the Xbox 360 were 17,213 units, which is almost unchanged from the week earlier and still well above their level in November.
The good news is clearly relative of course.