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65.3 Million Wii Remotes Waggling in the United States Alone

Posted by Trevor Chan

Averaging two for every Wii owner

It might well be the games that define a console, but where would we be without the controllers themselves? With the Wii Remote Plus and its built-in MotionPlus capabilities becoming the standard from 7th November, Nintendo has sent us a reminder of how well its predecessor has sold and we in turn want to let you know.

Since its launch in the United States in 2006, Nintendo has sold an average of 46,000 Wii Remotes every day in that region alone. That's a total of 65.3 million, and the press release is keen to point out that:

That’s enough for every man, woman and child living in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit and San Francisco, and enough still remains for every resident of Florida, Ohio, Virginia and North Dakota.

65.3 million Wii Remotes is a fair amount, considering that back in August, Nintendo's internal figures showed that 30 million Wii consoles have been snapped up by consumers. This means that the average Wii owner is also in possession of two Wii Remotes. The following figures are market research group NDP's sales figures through the end of September:

  • 30.41 million included with the Wii hardware
  • 12.92 million sold with Wii Play
  • 18.56 million white versions sold separately
  • 2.44 million black versions sold separately
  • 467,500 pink versions sold separately
  • 465,200 blue versions sold separately

Additionally, 52.9 million Wii Nunchuk controllers have been sold in the United States through the end of September.

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User Comments (28)

Aviator

#7

Aviator said:

The pink and blue ones are stupid cause they don't have corresponding nun-chucks or same coloured jackets.

NintyMan

#8

NintyMan said:

Those are huge numbers! Having enough Wii remotes for most of our biggest cities and yet still have enough for a few big sized states is mind-boggling.

irken004

#9

irken004 said:

I'm responsible for owning 3 of those remotes. One of which is from Shanghai!

JebbyDeringer

#11

JebbyDeringer said:

I bought a Wiimote before I even had a Wii. I had grand plans of using it on my PC but only experimented with it.

Burning_Spear

#19

Burning_Spear said:

Geez, I have like nine remotes. I'm actually kind of surprised by this -- if the average is two, that means a lot of people only have one.

King_Boo

#21

King_Boo said:

how many motion pluses sold is going to be the real teller of how well the remote plus is going to do. I've got two two of each, but no classic controllers

Ren

#22

Ren said:

yeah, basically it means the four that i dumped so much money on will soon have been a waste since I only had 4 people over playing maybe once, and now it'll near impossible to sell them since everyone else will be doing the same to get the new ones. Will there ever be enough games for it to actually dump the money on some new ones and sell my old ones off?

Kid_A

#24

Kid_A said:

The word "waggle" needs to be permanently retired to the most distant, forgotten parts of hell.

rjejr

#26

rjejr said:

Pink outsells blue b/c it is the only girl color, boys also get black.

65 million is alot, but now I really need to know how many Plus attachments are sitting around collecting dust. I mean sold. (Though in fairness there are probably more nunchucks collecting dust.)

As of Nov. 7th WiiPlus will be the standard. Guess that means all Nintendo's big games like Epic Mickey, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Wii Party will support it. Well at least there's Flingsmash.

Nintendo-is-my-love

#28

Nintendo-is-my-love said:

i own 3 i plan on selling them all to get wii remote +s they r all white but i plan on getting a black white and blue wii remote + and wait with my fingers crossed that a red remote comes out 1 day until then im fine my 2 best friends have thier own remotes which they rather using so only 1 of mine gets used anyway

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