Motion control for console gaming is officially a battleground for market and mindshare this year with the big PlayStation Move and Microsoft Kinect launches, the latter which Microsoft is treating as a very big deal. Nintendo is certainly not about to let you forget that they were the first to jump on the bandwagon with the Wii, and today the console giant wants to reaffirm what it takes to be (current) top dog of motion control with peripheral sales figures straight from the NPD Group.
While lifetime-to-date sales for Wii hardware aren't anything to sneeze at, Nintendo is also pleased to announce that as of this week, sales for the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers in the US alone have hit 65.3 million and 52.9 million units, respectively. Nintendo approximates this to around 46,000 Wiimote sales per day since the Wii first launched in North America back in November 2006, but the NPD Group provides a better teardown of where Wiimote sales were coming from:
- 30.41 million included with the Wii hardware
- 12.92 million sold with Wii Play
- 18.56 million white versions sold separately
- 2.44 million black versions sold separately
- 467,500 pink versions sold separately
- 465,200 blue versions sold separately
As you can see, Nintendo had chosen to factor Wii console hardware and Wii Play sales as Wiimote sales; standalone Wiimote sales themselves comprise of around 34 percent of the total for the controller. Interesting to see that the black-colored Wiimote sales ended up being pretty substantial, and pink Wiimotes somehow managed to beat the blue ones.
Now what yours truly would really like to know is how well those Classic Controllers (particularly the new CC Pro) are doing. In the meantime, Nintendo also takes this opportunity to remind you that their brand spanking new Wiimote Plus (with built-in Wii MotionPlus functionality) will finally go on sale this November 7th for $39.99 USD. It's intended to replace the trusty ol' Wiimote, so enjoy the current versions while they last.