Wii launched five years ago, unleashing an army of cheery little caricatures called Mii characters. How many of the little folks have made it across the world though? Nearly 214 million, according to Nintendo, and that's not including Miis on 3DS.
The staggering facts don't end there: Nintendo Europe claims that the number of Mii characters in Europe is over 73.2m, meaning there are more Miis than there are people living in France, the UK and Italy, apparently.
If the 213.8m Miis around the world decided to create their own country — and we know we're stretching things now — they'd populate the fifth-largest country in the world by population, behind fourth place Indonesia's 237m residents.
Here's a chart with interesting numbers, followed by a press release about Mii characters.
NUMBER OF NINTENDO Mii CHARACTERS IN EUROPE NOW EXCEEDS THE POPULATION OF FRANCE, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND ITALY
Now almost 214 million Nintendo Mii characters worldwide
7th December 2011 – 2011 research from Nintendo of Europe has revealed that the total number of Mii™ characters created by players across Europe on Wii™ now exceeds 73.2million* – more than the populations of France, the United Kingdom and Italy or more than Spain and The Netherlands combined. A Mii is an individual, personalised character created to play games on Wii and more recently on Nintendo 3DS™**
The global Mii population is a staggering 213.8 million meaning that if all the Mii characters were to form a country it would have the fifth largest population in the world and would sit above Brazil, Nigeria and Pakistan. The European Mii population is so large that if it was a country of its own it would be the second largest country in Europe after Germany***. Since its launch in 2006, 89.36 million Wii consoles have been sold across the globe****.
Laurent Fischer, Managing Director, Marketing & PR at Nintendo of Europe, comments: “Our research shows that Europeans clearly enjoy playing with their Mii characters. With Mii Maker and StreetPass Mii Plaza features on Nintendo 3DS, more people will be able to enjoy the experience of creating and sharing their own Mii characters.”