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“The Fad Console” Marches to 50 Million Sales

Written by Sherlock on Thursday, 26 March 20092 Comments

IGN reported sales of the Nintendo Wii are expected to surpass 50 million within the next couple of days. Sure enough, today was the day: the announcement was made. This breaks the Playstation 2’s record as the fastest selling console of all time. It took Sony’s 2nd generation console over three years to reach the milestone, while the Wii has only existed for a little over two and a half.

The Wii shows no signs of slowdown, despite a down worldwide economy. Most predictions see the Wii continuing strong sales throughout this fiscal year.

Once again, these strong sales figures beg the question: what’s next?

Wii would like to play... 50 million times

Wii would like to play... 50 million times

We have seen some updates, most recently the cure to the SD card problem that ailed so many users. Many would now like to see Nintendo amp up its efforts in downloadable content. Nintendo has shown the ability to think differently and with room to experiment, the sky is the limit.

What do you think is the next step for the console?


  • Lee Carruthers said:

    Hurrah for the Wii and Hurrah for Nintendo finally sorting the storage problems. The next thing they should be concentrating on is, as you say, quality DLC to rival that of it’s compeditors. One thing I fear is that if Wii users keep getting the short end of the stick, and devs produce quality games and related DLC for other consoles giving waterd-down versions to Wii players, then I would imagine a percentage of the 50 million units being traded in for it’s consumer pleasing, more powerful comeditors. Yes, the compeditors may be slightly more expensive, but for serious gamers the extra would be worth it

  • Sean Aaron said:

    I think some kind of streaming video service is now a possibility so I’d expect to see Nintendo up their efforts here. I know that I’d definitely been keen to pay a small fee for a DVD-quality film “rental” via my Wii rather than browse the limited selection at Blockbuster or engage in some kind of monthly subscription service that posts me DVDs.

    I’m also hopeful that we’ll see an increase in the number of download releases from one or two titles per week. Now that the VC Arcade has been launched I’ll be keen to get some more content from that as I’ve always been an arcade gamer rather than a console gamer at heart.

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