I'll be the first to admit I don't exactly understand the popularity of the Wii (I happily shipped mine off to university with my sister I used it so little) but I'm feeling increasingly alone - especially reading Nintendo's 2008 sales figures. In a record breaking feat, Nintendo shipped an amazing 10.17 million Wii consoles to North America last year, according to figures from NDP Group, an independent analyst which tracks this manner of statistics.
Nintendo's portable DS also managed a record number of sales in December, with 3.04 units shipped. In the same month the Wii broke its own sales record, shifting 2.14 million units.
Amazingly enough, the top selling game for 2008 was Wii Play, which Nintendo for some reason counts despite it being bundled with a remote, which is cheating a bit of you ask me - everyone buying a Wii gets a second remote, surely?. In second place, is Mario Kart Wii (which I admit is brilliant) with Wii Fit taking third position and Super Smash Bros. Brawl in coming in fourth. Significant is that these are all first party titles.
Lest we forget, these figures are only tracking North America. Worldwide sales are even more impressive, with somewhere in the region of 35 million consoles sold. Versus the PS3 (17 million) and Xbox 360 (28 million) that's pretty impressive by anyone's measure.
Recession? What recession!?