never thought this would be possible... yes, it only applies to the US and places like the UK. but even then, who ever thought anyone would catch the Wii in the US?http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/06/analysis-xbox-360-poised-to-pass-wii-in-us-sales-by-years-end/
Over the past three years, Microsoft has consistently eaten into Nintendo's "insurmountable" US sales lead, to the point that it seems that the Xbox 360 will end the year as the system with the most lifetime sales in America.
Sources: NPD data, console maker announcements.
For the last three years (starting in June of 2010), the Xbox 360 has outsold the Wii in the US every single month (save for December 2008, when a sales surge led the Wii to beat the Xbox 360 by half a million units). Microsoft's sustained sales dominance in that period has reduced the Wii's American sales lead from over 9 million systems three years ago to just under 2 million units today.
Microsoft also seems poised to pad its US sales lead a little bit more before the Xbox 360 and Wii officially go the way of the dodo.
The sales situation in the US is being mirrored in the UK, where tracking firm Chart-Track confirmed today that the Xbox 360 is days away from taking the overall lifetime sales lead in the country, with both systems right around 8.4 million in total sales.
Note: Data for this chart based on the best available information from within the past six months. Current numbers may vary slightly due to time differences. UK PS3 estimate extrapolated from 5 million sales announcement in October 2012. Sources: NPD, Media Create, Chart Track, official console maker announcements.
Current, precise numbers for other countries are hard to come by, but official data released by the three console manufacturers in recent months show the Wii as the best-selling system worldwide by a good margin, with somewhere around 100 million worldwide sales (99.84 million in March, to be precise). The Xbox 360 and PS3, on the other hand, are both hovering around three-quarters of that amount (75.9 million for the 360 as of March and 75 million even for the PS3 as of December). As you can see from the above chart, though, those sales are distributed very differently between the various major sales regions for game consoles.
Will either Sony or Microsoft be able to take the worldwide sales crown from Nintendo in the next few years? It seems unlikely. Then again, it seemed unlikely back in 2010 that the Xbox 360 would ever be able to eliminate the Wii's sizeable sales lead in the US. Now, that seems inevitable.