Nintendo announced Wednesday that 45 months after the launching of Nintendo Wii in November 2006 the company successfully sold more than 30 million units in the U.S. alone, which automatically ranked the device as the fastest-growing console in gaming history.
Currently the Nintendo Wii, lacking the graphical horsepower of the rival Sony Playstation 3 or Microsoft Xbox 360, marked down its price at $199.99. Because of this, Nintendo Wii spearheaded record holiday sales and numerous instances of shortages early in the console’s life. Nintendo also said that the game console also caught the attention of various audiences, from young to young at heart.
Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing said, “More than any other video game system in history, Wii has expanded the world of video games to new audiences. This milestone is another reminder that people want fun games they can play with others – all at a value-minded price.
Additionally, Wii has been able to lead of the competition for several reasons, that includes its unique motion-sensor input system, the “Wiimote”, and because the consoles features various family- and group-friendly games, such as the bundled Wii Sports, which gives it a more universal appeal. Throw in the Wii Balance Board and tons of third party hardware.
Below is the official announcement of Nintendo:
Today Nintendo announced a huge milestone for Wii – it reached 30 million units sold in the United States alone. This is based on internal figures and no video game system has ever sold so many so quickly in the history of the industry – in fact Wii reached this milestone 15 months faster than the next best-selling console.
Since launching in 2006, the Wii console has expanded the global audience for video games, getting people of all ages and backgrounds off the couch and into the action with a wide variety of inclusive, easy-to-learn motion-control activities. For under $200, consumers not only get the Wii console and a second-generation motion controller – Wii MotionPlus – which brings additional precision to certain games, but “ right-out-of-the-box fun” with the active play titles Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort. That’s a great value to consumers!
Additionally, Wii has a strong slate of games on the way for the fall and holiday season. 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’s Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios and Sonic Colors from SEGA during the holidays.