Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has finally removed Nintendo Wii from its perch as the top-selling gaming console worldwide.
Wii, which has dominated the market for several years, gave up its top spot to the Xbox 360 after Microsoft’s console reached 8.3 million sold units in last year’s final quarter.
Sony’s PlayStation 3 also outdid Wii at the end of 2011 with over 6.5 million units sold, mainly drawn by the Uncharted 3 premiere in November of last year.
Besting Wii sales by over 2.6 million in Q4 2011, Xbox 360 sold a total 14.9 million units last year, followed by PlayStation 3 with 14.1 million and Wii came last with 10.33 million sold units.
However, Nintendo Wii is still the record-holder for the current generation in terms of total units sold worldwide with 95 million since launch, while Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have a lot of ground to catch up with 66 million and 62 million units sold, respectively.
Xbox 360’s popularity boosted when Microsoft started selling its massively popular Kinect hands free game controller, which regularly receives updates and additional features.
Nintendo has already revealed its next-generation Wii gaming console and will deliver them before year-end so there is no telling how long the Xbox 360 can hold the title as king of consoles.