Popular game system establishes itself as the fastest selling console in history.

Nintendo Wii is leading the current generation console race and running full-speed ahead. The popular Wii video game system has set a milestone by selling 30 units in the United States since it launched nearly four years ago according to a statement released by Nintendo on August 10.  The press released indicates that the Japanese company reached this milestone in 45 months, 15 months faster than its closest competitor.   

The Wii was an instant sensation when released in November 2006.  Nintendo set new standards with an unprecedented motion controller that "activated" new players of all ages.

"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."

When it was first introduced, the Wii was recognized for its cheaper pricing (due to inferior hardware and graphics capabilities) as it compared to the competition (primarily the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3).  That price gap has since decreased.

The company released a compilation of its top selling games in the U.S., through the end of June so far.  

According to NPD the top 10 Nintendo-published best sellers are: 

  1. Wii Play
  2. Mario Kart Wii
  3. Wii Fit (with Wii Balance Board accessory)
  4. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  5. Wii Sports Resort
  6. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  7. Super Mario Galaxy
  8. Wii Fit Plus (with Wii Balance Board  accessory)
  9. Mario Party 8
  10. Link's Crossbow Training
According to NPD the top 10 third-party publishers are:
  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
Nintendo plans to introduce new games this fall.  These include Metroid: Other M, Samurai Warriors 3, Kirby's Epic Yarn and Wii Party. It will also release 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, NBA JAM from EA Sports in October, GoldenEye 007 from Activision and Just Dance 2 from Ubisoft this fall.

The Wii video game system is currently available in either black or white. As of June 2010, the company has sold 74 million Wii units worldwide.


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