Nintendo's own Shinji Hatano reiterated a previous figure of 7.8 million downloads and then went on to reveal that currently the service had generated 3.5 billion yen ($33 million / £16 million)
The humble Nintendo exec then saids of these figures, "We're currently unsure if this is a lot or low. They're not bad figures."
Considering that Nintendo haven't been transparent with the exact figures for what has been downloaded so far this vague statement is about as close as we might get to understanding just how successful the Virtual Console service has been so far. It seems certain by any standards that within a one year period the VC has delivered great returns for Nintendo and the companies who partner with them.
We at the VC:R look forward to another great year of releases in 2008!