Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime yesterday announced that consumers bought more than 600,000 units in its first eight days, totaling about $190 million in sales. Sony, meanwhile
hasn't announced how many PS3s it's sold, but the number is expected to be far fewer, as Nintendo had several times as many systems available at launch than Sony.
The PS3, which is a
much more powerful system, is harder and more expensive to produce than Nintendo's Wii, which is notable for its ingenuity rather than eye-popping graphics. The Wii also costs half the price of Sony's
$500 PS3, and is thought to appeal to a broader audience.
Sony has said it expects to sell about 1 million units in North America by the end of the year, while Nintendo said it will have shipped around 4 million. Both companies say demand is not expected to be met until next year.