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Nintendo: 50 Million Wiis Sold


Nintendo: 50 Million Wiis Sold

The Nintendo Wii has reached the same milestone achieved by the PlayStation 2, in North America, and PlayStation Portable: 50 million units shipped. Not bad going for a console that has been out for six and two years less than the PS2 and PSP respectively.

It's a noteworthy achievement for Nintendo, especially considering that but a couple of years ago many of us were mocking the Wii's name and lacklustre performance versus the PS3 and Xbox 360. The growing mainstream acceptance of video games is a contributor to the Wiis success, according to President and CEO of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, who commented: "It's a cliche but it's not just the 18-year-old kid, it's the mom on the train, it's the high-school girl after she's done with her homework, everyone plays games."

According to Nintendo, 20 per cent of Wii owners haven't bought a console before. It's hard to deny that the Wii has done much to encourage the growth of 'casual' gaming.

The major reason Iwata thinks the Wii is so successful, though, is the games offered on the console with more third party games sold for Nintendo hardware than anyone else's. As Iwata says: "one rule always remains the same: Software sells hardware."


March 26, 2009, 2:31 pm

As Iwata says: "one rule always remains the same: Software sells hardware."

Except that isn't true in this case. It's not the software that sells the consoles, 90% of which is utter crap by the way, it's the gimmicky nature of the console. People see it and think 'oooh, that looks fun' only to be bitterly disappointed after their enjoyment lasted a whole 3 hours before the novelty wore off.

P.S. - I thought the PS2 had sold more like 150 million, not 50 million. That kind of makes the article title misleading...I'm not on the Daily Mail website am I?

Geoff Richards

March 26, 2009, 2:35 pm

It will be interesting to see if demand continues unabated. PSOne broke 100 million, and PS2 holds the record at over 140 million.

Xbox 360 is only at 28 million so far :)

Hamish Campbell

March 26, 2009, 3:36 pm

Hold on, PS2 is 50 million, or 140 million?

I'm confused.


March 26, 2009, 3:56 pm

The PS2 has sold 140 million worldwide, and 50 million in North America alone. Both the Wii and the PSP have sold >50 million worldwide. I looked it up because the article left me confused, too. Both are really odd devices to compare Wii sales to, anway... FWIW the 360 has apparently sold approximately 28 million, the PS3 about 22 million. (Source: WP)


March 26, 2009, 6:37 pm

did you mean that the Wii has sold 50m (way) faster than the PS2 or PSP (or anything else)?

and i'm pretty sure that the ps2 has not been out for 9 years more than the wii. maybe 6 or 7.

i bought my wii on launch day and after finishing zelda i've barely bothered with it. the only reason i haven't sold it is that my girlfriend plays it semi regularly. i used to swear by nintendo but now i don't even know if the promise of a new zelda could sway to buy a new console.


March 26, 2009, 6:59 pm

PS2 50 million is NA - I used that announcement as the number matched.

And you're right rav - PS2 was 2,000 which is *not* 9 years before 2006...

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