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Nintendo Ships 50m Wiis; Stays King of Consoles

Everyone already knows how super popular the Wii is. It’s almost always sold out and getting one as a Christmas gift means buying it in July.

Given its popularity, it’s not the least bit surprising to hear that Nintendo has sold fifty million Wiis since the console launched in November of 2006.

The Associated Press reports that nearly 50 percent of the total sales of the Wii console were in the United States and Canada. Europeans accounted for about 40 percent and Japan almost all of the remaining 10 percent.

We’re all agreed, 50 million consoles is a phenomenal number but you can’t say you didn’t see it coming. Apart from the fact that the world and its mother owns a Wii, AMD announced earlier in the month that it had shipped its 50 millionth ATI ‘Hollywood’ chip which is the GPU for the Wii and reminded everyone how much the company values its partnership with Nintendo, probably because it's making them a boatload of money.

“Nintendo values its ongoing relationship with AMD. AMD’s graphics technology expertise as displayed in the ATI ‘Hollywood’ chip is a great part of the momentum of Wii. Our combined efforts help deliver entertaining experiences to create many smiling faces in living rooms around the world,” said Genyo Takeda, general manager of Integrated Research and Development, Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Aside from its success with the Wii, the AP reports that Nintendo has sold more than 100 million Nintendo DS portable handheld game machines worldwide in just four years.

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  • sezyboy
    50million Wiis with 50 million crappy games.

    I stick to PC Gaming thank you.
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  • captaincharisma
    ahh! yes all the great and powerful condoles out there with the least powerful one beating out the PS3 and crash box 360. if the wii has crappy games then i wonder why people are still buying it wouldn't you think word of mouth about something like that would make them not buy one?
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  • the game isn't so bad, but the graphics sucks
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  • Haahah me too! Mario Galaxy is the only good game on Wii, oh and wii sports, but that doesn't count :D PC Gaming FTW
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  • captaincharisma
    ummm i can name a few lets see paper mario super smash brother brawl, Zelda, guitar hero, umm many of the old retro console games,

    you want me to continue?
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  • hellwig
    XBox and PS have hype, but they lack innovation. They're just PCs in fancy packaging. Nintendo has always been about the brand and experience. Create fun games most people (apparently not sezyboy) want to play. The new controllers, the "get off your ass and play" philosophy, its all something Nintendo banked on, while Microsoft and Sony were just putting fancier graphics without any change to the gameplay. XBox and PS3 appeal to hardcore gamers, Wii appeals to families, couples, grandparents, kids, a much wider range.

    No, it hasn't always worked for Nintendo (virtual-boy, power-glove, etc...), but its good to see them back in the game. After the Gamecube, it was looking a little iffy for them (not that Pokemon alone couldn't keep them afloat if necessary).
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  • sezyboy
    sure if you like captaincharisma you can continue, but really, old retro games can be played on emulators, guitar hero is available on every platform, smash bros is not much better than the previous ones, my personal opinion is zelda is average... Now paper mario is kind of fun yes.

    there are only a handful that I enjoyed on the Wii, and thanks to my friends owning Wiis and renting the games, I get to try a lot of them. Oh and I did buy one a while back, gave it to one of my friends.

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  • sezyboy
    hellwigXBox and PS have hype, but they lack innovation. They're just PCs in fancy packaging. Nintendo has always been about the brand and experience. Create fun games most people (apparently not sezyboy) want to play. The new controllers, the "get off your ass and play" philosophy, its all something Nintendo banked on, while Microsoft and Sony were just putting fancier graphics without any change to the gameplay. XBox and PS3 appeal to hardcore gamers, Wii appeals to families, couples, grandparents, kids, a much wider range.

    Don't get me wrong, I believe you are right on the fact that the other 2 consoles are pretty much hype. PS3 and XBox360 are PC wannabes while Wii is a tamagotchi on crack.

    Also, im not the type to be impressed by graphics if the game blows goats. Hell i still play MOO2 and Xcom, etc.
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  • grieve
    I don’t care if they sell 43 Trillion Wii's the games suck and the motion sensing is horrendous.
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  • geoffs
    But what about Sony?

    I had to ask, it seems like it should be the obligatory question to any article on the Wii or Xbox 360.
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