Nintendo announced that in its first 45-months, the Wii has passed 30 million unit sales in the United States alone; the next highest-selling system took fifteen more months to pass that milestone. That makes the Wii the highest selling and fastest selling console this generation, and potentially of all time.
“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.”The press release further mentioned a slew of titles that are coming out this holiday season for the little white (and occasionally black) console, including Metroid: Other M, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Goldeneye 007, Disney Epic Mickey, Wii Party, and Kirby's Epic Yarn.
The company went so far as to reveal the top first and third party games for the console thus far in the US, based on NPD data.
First Party Games
1. Wii Play™
2. Mario Kart™ Wii
3. Wii Fit™
4. New Super Mario Bros.™ Wii
5. Wii Sports Resort
6. Super Smash Bros.™ Brawl
7. Super Mario Galaxy™
8. Wii Fit™ Plus
9. Mario Party™ 8
10. Link’s Crossbow Training
Third Party Games
1. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock from Activision
2. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games from SEGA
3. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga from LucasArts
4. Carnival Games from Take-Two Interactive
5. Game Party from Midway
6. EA Sports Active from Electronic Arts
7. Just Dance from Ubisoft
8. Rayman Raving Rabbids from Ubisoft
9. Deca Sports from Hudson Entertainment
10. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games from SEGA
The Wii is currently available for $200 with Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, and Nunchuk and Wii Motion+ attachments included, both in Black and White colors.
While sales are arguably worse than before, Nintendo does deserve great props to making it this well with the console, considering how the market originally accepted it. It seems a new console is not going to come any time soon, from these sales. Here's to another 30 million!
*Whee, of course.