Wii Passes 30 Million Units Sold in the US

Does so quicker than any console ever

Did you know that lots of people have bought Nintendo Wii consoles? Yes, it's true. But how many machines have been sold in the United States, for example? Here comes an official Nintendo announcement with the answer: thirty million.

That's one console sold for every ten American citizens, which adds up to a whole lot of Wii Sports. But what does Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing Cammie Dunaway think about this figure?

This milestone is another reminder that people want fun games they can play with others – all at a value-minded price.

So remember kids – the Wii is about fun games you can play with others and not serious games you play on your own.

Selling those 30m consoles in just 45 months, the Wii reached the magic number over one year quicker than the next best-selling console. With the DS holding firm as the UK's best-selling console and the Wii still conquering America, Nintendo must be wondering how its new 3DS is going to perform sales-wise. Based on our time spent with the machine, the answer is "very well indeed."

Nintendo’s internal sales figures show that the Wii™ video game system has now sold 30 million units in the United States alone. This significant milestone was reached in just 45 months. This further establishes Wii as the fastest-selling console in the history of the industry, reaching this milestone 15 months faster than the next best-selling console.

Wii launched in November 2006 and ushered in a new era of video games. The built-in motion controls of the iconic Wii Remote™ controller drew millions of new players to the world of video games. Kids started playing with their parents and grandparents, people got up off the couch and got active, and seniors and baby boomers formed virtual bowling leagues.

“More than any other video game system in history, Wii has expanded the world of video games to new audiences,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “This milestone is another reminder that people want fun games they can play with others – all at a value-minded price.”

To continue building on this foundation, Wii has a strong slate of games on the way for the fall. These include Metroid™: Other M on Aug. 31, Samurai Warriors™ 3 on Sept. 27, Kirby’s Epic Yarn™ and Wii Party™ this fall, and Donkey Kong Country™ Returns, FlingSmash™ and PokéPark™ Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure for the holidays. That’s in addition to New Carnival Games from 2K Play in September, NBA JAM from EA Sports in October, GoldenEye 007 from Activision and Just Dance 2 from Ubisoft this fall, and Disney Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios and Sonic Colors from SEGA during the holidays.

The Wii video game system is now available in either black or white at a suggested retail price of $199.99. That price offers a great value to consumers, as it includes two engaging games, Wii Sports™ and Wii Sports Resort™, as well as the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™ controllers and a Wii MotionPlus™ accessory, which brings additional precision to specially designed games.