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Wii is the Fastest Console in U.S. History to Shift 35 Million Units

Posted by Trevor Chan

Several Nintendo titles reach new milestones

If you need proof that the Wii is still going strong, you only need to look at the month of February as Nintendo shifts another 5 million consoles in the United States in less than a year, with several games breaking new milestones to boot.

Having sold 30 million Wii consoles back in August, Nintendo has now broken the 35 million barrier in the U.S. according to market research company The NPD Group, making it the fastest console to do so in U.S. history. Over 454,000 Wii consoles were sold last month only.

It wasn't just hardware that was flying off the shelves as several high profile titles shifted big numbers too. Just Dance 2 was the best-selling title of February as more than 554,000 copies of the game were sold to gamers who couldn't wait to get jiggy with it. Donkey Kong Country Returns has now sold a staggering 2 million copies in just four months since its release back in November. Worldwide sales reached the 4 million mark only a month after its North American release, so it's nice to see the game is still doing well. New Super Mario Bros. Wii is proof that gamers' love or Mario is as strong as ever as 8 million copies have now been sold since it launched back in November 2009.

Since its release into the wild March last year, 2 million copies of Pokémon SoulSilver Version have been snapped up, and it's not just blocks that New Super Mario Bros. is breaking either as it breaks the 9 million barrier almost five years after its release in May 2006.

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User Comments (17)

neepy

#3

neepy said:

Yesss 10 more million units and Nintendo will have a discussion about a new console.

DestinyMan

#4

DestinyMan said:

That's awesome. I'm so happy Donkey Kong's still selling well, and once again, with these kinds of numbers, who doesn't have a Wii?

nicknintendo68

#5

nicknintendo68 said:

i still never got that country returns game ill get it later after i get my prized possession, a 3ds :3

thanos316

#6

thanos316 said:

the wii is done for huh. i just like listening to stupid analysts talk and try to predict the future. from this article the wii is still going strong, and of course some numbers are going to dip because 35 million people already have one in the U.S. well keep on predicting the demise of the wii, cause the numbers talk for themselves. and imma keep on playing some excellent games throughout this whole year.

astarisborn94

#7

astarisborn94 said:

Glad to see that the Wii is still making record numbers. The console really does deserve it's success over the year.

@JafWumbo: The statement was said by Reggie Fils-Aime, who is the president of NOA, but not Nintendo as a whole. Now if it was said by Satoru Iwata, that would be a different story. I would take that story with a grain of salt; so don't be surprise if we see a new console in E3 2011.

bkdove

#8

bkdove said:

Ok Nintendo... and now we need some simple fixes for the online service!

Chris720

#10

Chris720 said:

@4 Apparently quite a few of the pupils at my college. They all mainly have 360s. :P

By how its selling, I'm guessing a new Wii will be released when the sales steadily decrese... but that doesn't sound possible at the moment.

Lotice-Paladin

#15

Lotice-Paladin said:

One things certain, these things will get rare in the year 3000 rather then 2011 like some of the older systems.

Rukiafan

#16

Rukiafan said:

I highly doubt we'll see wii 2 at E3 2011 given that the wii is still GAINING popularity & is showing absolutely no signs of leveling out "sales wise" & Nintendo said no talks about the wiis successor until after 40mil sales & the wii being past it's peak sales numbers & since the wii is selling better than ever it's very likely we won't hear about wii 2 until E3 2012 :)

supermonkey117

#17

supermonkey117 said:

Wow those world wide figures are impressive even the u.s alone all it needs now is a new eternal darkness that was a classic nintendo have no problems with pulling out winners thats why its the format for me.

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