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Wii console sales are now above 50 million globally

Nintendo has been making a big push with its WiiWare game and application download service for the Wii. Over 200 programs have been developed, although most are not available in North America or Europe.

One of the biggest complaints has been the lack of storage available. The Wii only has 512 MB of internal NAND flash storage, and many of Nintendo's best WiiWare customers were forced to transfer their programs onto 2GB SD cards or delete unused programs in order to make room for new ones.

While all programs that were bought are available for redownloading later, the inconvenience and awkwardness of the experience left many customers disappointed.

Nintendo has now released System Menu 4.0, a major update to the Wii's operating system. It now supports SDHC cards up to a maximum of 32GB, integrating it into the Wii so that Virtual Console or WiiWare games can be played directly off external flash storage.

There is a new SD Card menu accessible from the main menu, next to the Wii button. It was designed to facilitate transfers of files and Channels between the Wii console and SD or SDHC cards.

One of the fastest cards SDHC cards available is the SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition. It is available in 2, 4, 8, and 16 GB versions. There are many cheap SD and SDHC cards available, but many users are choosing faster flash storage rather than large capacities. Most of the fastest SDHC cards are used for digital cameras, and users who are purchasing larger and faster storage may have several cards leftover that they can use as storage for the Wii.

Sales of the Wii console have exceeded 50 million globally, while the Wii Fit has sold over 15 million units.



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So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By fatedtodie on 3/27/2009 9:44:39 AM , Rating: -1
The PS3 can handle these as well. SDHC is nothing new. Next there will be a headline "Wii can finally play DVD movies!" still not being news.

Welcome to the mediocre we call Wii.




RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By cscpianoman on 3/27/2009 9:54:47 AM , Rating: 2
I wish I was that mediocre!


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By MrBowmore on 3/27/2009 9:58:37 AM , Rating: 2
For me it´s all about the retro gaming, The megaman series, SoM, zelda LTtP, and so forth.
I´ll gladly give them a couple of bucks for the time and effort of converting the games.
Its just the retro games and GH:WT (drums) that makes me play console, the rest is on my PC!


By ExarKun333 on 3/27/2009 10:16:56 AM , Rating: 2
I just buy the actual cartridges for about the same cost and actually own them. Plus, the classic controller kind of sucks...


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By kattanna on 3/27/2009 11:13:38 AM , Rating: 2
yeah i have downloaded the ghost and goblins games.. good stuff.


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By The0ne on 3/27/2009 11:46:50 AM , Rating: 2
Same here. Retro games for me and the rest of the other games on PC (HOMM3, FFXI and WOW occasionally). Otherwise, it's back to sprites! :) Good stuff for old guys like me hehe


By Jimbo1234 on 3/27/2009 1:46:06 PM , Rating: 2
Phantasy Star II is as addicting now as is was back then.


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By saiga6360 on 3/27/2009 9:57:56 AM , Rating: 5
Your mum is mediocre.


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By ExarKun333 on 3/27/09, Rating: 0
RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By Parhel on 3/27/2009 10:34:42 AM , Rating: 3
Who cares how much "tech" you got for your money? How much fun did you have for the money? It's a game console, after all.

Besides, MS makes their money in other ways. Why let the customer use a $50 32GB SD card (which will cost $10 in a year or two,) when they can sell you a proprietary hard drive for $150. Want wireless? That'll be $100 too.


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By B3an on 3/27/09, Rating: -1
RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By MrSmurf on 3/27/2009 10:48:30 AM , Rating: 2
Then you shouldn't have bought it (or don't buy it)!


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By xti on 3/27/2009 10:52:13 AM , Rating: 2
save the money, buy more friends.


By kellehair on 3/27/2009 10:56:30 AM , Rating: 2
Do you buy a game console for the tech, or to have fun? By your logic the PS3 should be the best selling console because it has the most tech. Obviously that's the opposite of reality.

"It needs to be around half the price."

Why? So they can sell 100 million instead of 50 million?


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By The0ne on 3/27/2009 11:56:43 AM , Rating: 2
I'm confuse. When you refer to "tech" you mean the latest and greatest? The PS3 is the latest and greatest of it's tech? NO. XBOX360, NO. Wii, NO. So really, what are you referring to?

The Cell processor? That's old tech, years old.
The hard drive? umm...no
The BD drive? umm...that's old too
The video card? umm...that's old, old, old

And "obsolete" in the tech world means the part is no longer being made and you can't buy it from any markets, even gray/black markets. Wii does not fit the category.


By zerocool84 on 3/27/2009 5:25:09 PM , Rating: 1
Woah man you need to chill. So if the Wii is obsolete, so the PS3 and 360 must be as well cus there is much better hardware available. I thought games were supposed to be about how fun they are, not how good they look? People get hung up on graphics so much now-a-days it's ridiculous. I own a Wii, 360, and a fairly good PC and I just play whatever games are the most fun. Graphics are one of the last things I look at when purchasing a new game.


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By xti on 3/27/2009 10:51:28 AM , Rating: 4
its like...we cant go 1 Wii story without someone bringing up the 'old hardware' angle.

yeah, yeah. no one cares.

nothing beats drunk wii sports baseball trying to hit the change up after 2 fastballs inside... and the last thing you trying to understand is why the guy with no legs isnt in 1080p.


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By xti on 3/27/2009 10:53:13 AM , Rating: 2
oh, and while trying to immitate big papi's batting stance.


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By gmyx on 3/27/2009 11:03:51 AM , Rating: 2
LOL - Good one there.

While I haven't play WII Sports drunk (yet), the game play is just not the same with other consoles.

That is what made me get the WII. I don't care about the graphics, they are good enough. To me game play beat 'lesser' graphics any day. I plan on getting a few more games soon.


By Jimbo1234 on 3/27/2009 1:49:26 PM , Rating: 2
Wii Sports bowling is easier with a little "aiming fluid" from particular 12 ounce containers.


By psychobriggsy on 3/27/2009 10:58:49 AM , Rating: 2
Most PS3s out there don't actually have SD card slots any more. Mine certainly doesn't, and that was the only PS3 option available at the time last year. Even my TV has an SD card slot!


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By Flunk on 3/27/2009 10:59:59 AM , Rating: 2
The Wii isn't meant to be a real games console anyway. It's more of a toy for people who aren't really gamers. My 63 year old aunt just got one and she loves it. Never played a game in her life before that point.


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By lenardo on 3/27/2009 11:12:42 AM , Rating: 5
the wii is the ONLY pure game console this generation.

so it does not do high definition resolution, who cares besides the 15-35yr old male demographic, i don't, i care to have fun playing games made for me, and my kids playing games for them, and they do, that is the important part that nintendo did correctly this generation that the other 2 missed out on, for pure fun games, the wii is BETTER than the other two. the other two do have more violent games geared towards the 15-35yr old male, but they are a small segment of the gaming population, the biggest segment of the gaming population(for pc's) is..FEMALE-35+ if i remember correctly.

the wii has plenty of quality games to play, the ps3 has plenty of quality games to play, the 360 has plenty of quality games to play. the consumer - due to the interface/controller for the wii has said.

HD graphics are not important, interactivity, immersion, intuitive controls Are important and that is is going to be taught in schools in the future when they discuss disruptive marketing.

i have a Wii, i play Very well done mature games on the platform- Madworld, RE4 RE:UC, HOTD:overkill, and will be playing the upcoming games as well..i also play the OTHER quality games on the wii. that is what it is for, playing Games.


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By StevoLincolnite on 3/27/2009 11:43:49 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
so it does not do high definition resolution, who cares besides the 15-35yr old male demographic, i don't, i care to have fun playing games made for me, and my kids playing games for them, and they do, that is the important part that nintendo did correctly this generation that the other 2 missed out on, for pure fun games, the wii is BETTER than the other two. the other two do have more violent games geared towards the 15-35yr old male, but they are a small segment of the gaming population, the biggest segment of the gaming population(for pc's) is..FEMALE-35+ if i remember correctly.


Actually "Gamers" actually make a significant portion of the gaming market, if (Unrealistically) we were to combine the "Hardcore Gamers" (Which includes the Xbox, PS3 and the venerable PC) then that would equate to more "Gaming Systems Sold" this generation in comparison to just the Wii (Aka. "Casual Gamers") - However that's un-realistic, my Granny rushed out and bought an Xbox 360 when she discovered she could download/pay then play "Arcade" games like Bejeweled, Zuma etc'.

Then you have the fact that the PC/PS3/Xbox 360 has allot of cross-platform games, for instance if a developer releases a game on all 3 platforms they are reaching a potential consumer base larger than the Wii itself, hence more sales, hence they can still stretch there artistic talents in the graphics department.

quote:
HD graphics are not important, interactivity, immersion, intuitive controls Are important and that is is going to be taught in schools in the future when they discuss disruptive marketing.


I believe HD "Resolutions" are important. (Especially if NO Anti-Aliasing is performed), Playing a game at a 480P resolution when you have a 32 - 42" LCD sitting only a few feet away from you on a desk is painful.

quote:
HD graphics are not important, interactivity, immersion, intuitive controls Are important and that is is going to be taught in schools in the future when they discuss disruptive marketing.


Increased hardware performance allows for more interactivity, in the form of Physics, Artificial Intelligence, larger worlds, more dynamic game worlds, they all take a tole on performance.

quote:
i have a Wii, i play Very well done mature games on the platform- Madworld, RE4 RE:UC, HOTD:overkill, and will be playing the upcoming games as well..i also play the OTHER quality games on the wii. that is what it is for, playing Games.


I have a PC/Xbox 360/PS3.

Resident Evil 5 is highly addictive, and looks awesome to boot! I got it for the Xbox 360 a few days ago, the "online" features were well done, the story line was engaging as well. (Haven't completed it yet though...)


By StevoLincolnite on 3/27/2009 11:45:31 AM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah I forgot to add, that despite having less consoles sold for the 360 and the PS3, there game attachment rates are still higher, hence game developers get more chances of there games being sold, and thus a larger budget to develop the next game.


By karielash on 3/27/2009 12:33:55 PM , Rating: 1
lol fanboy... 50 Million people say your wrong.


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By lenardo on 3/27/2009 5:07:04 PM , Rating: 2
Stevo,

You, think hd graphics are important,

the masses do not, big distinction.

also you cannot include the pc into the console argument, because its not a game console, the only thing that matters in the console generation is units sold, software sold

individually, the wii is demolishing the ps3 and the 360 in terms of hardware bought, and software bought, annnnd accessories bought. combined, sometime this year, the wii -unless it's sales tank and so far for 3 years, it hasn't- the wii will pass the combined ps3-360 user base.

attach rate, the most DECEIVING statistic released for gaming consoles- usually the worst performing consoles have the Better attach rate...the reason,, poor sales= smaller user base.

if your console sells exceptionally well, the attach rate will be lower due to the fact that your console sells...exceptionally well.

ps3- user base of ~20 million world wide.. game comes out sells 2 million copies = 1 in 10 people owning the console bought the game. this would increase the attach rate by 0.1

wii- user base of ~48 million world wide(i know its more than that)..game comes out and sells 3 million copies= 1 in 16 bought. this would increase the attach rate by 0.06

using JUST attach rate figure given which game would you say sold better- not knowing sales numbers or user base you would say the ps3 while the wii did better.

that is the problem with attach rate, with a Well selling platform, the size of the userbase drives DOWN the attachrate, even if they are actually selling more software units, the enourmous number of the userbase does not reflect in the actually attach rate

and yes the playstation 2 was an exception due the fact that it was so dominant in the field and even then the xbox and gamecube almost EQUALLED its attach rate despite both of them being outsold 2 to 1.

ps2 ~10
xbox & gamecube ~9 (each)

if a console maker is touting attach rate for software sales, they are doing poorly in the overall scheme of things.

lets take oh i know street fighter 4- ps3 & 360,, it SOLD better on the 360, yet the ps3's ATTACH rate is better...


By StevoLincolnite on 3/27/2009 11:53:00 PM , Rating: 2
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Stevo, You, think hd graphics are important, the masses do not, big distinction.


If we were to make the distinction that those who wanted HD Graphics went for the 360, PS3 and PC, then yes most people do agree HD graphics are more important, combined those 3 platforms outsell the Wii.

quote:
also you cannot include the pc into the console argument, because its not a game console, the only thing that matters in the console generation is units sold, software sold


Lies, It's the games.

quote:
attach rate, the most DECEIVING statistic released for gaming consoles- usually the worst performing consoles have the Better attach rate...the reason,, poor sales= smaller user base.


Thats not accurate, if the Wii sells 50 million consoles and has an attach rate of 1, and the Xbox 360 sells 20 million consoles but has an attachment rate of 3, then the Xbox 360 has sold more games, plain and simple.


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By The0ne on 3/27/2009 12:04:17 PM , Rating: 2
I don't believe someone can still make these types of comments. The Wii not a "real" games console? My God you really just be a hardcore fanboy or just really really hate something that 50million people had purchased worldwide to have fun with.

Seriously, please elaborate why you think the Wii isn't for gaming?


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By xti on 3/27/2009 12:18:27 PM , Rating: 2
b/c the wii is obviously for automatically putting butter on your bread. thats why the controller is flat, to get better spread.


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By callmeroy on 3/27/2009 2:54:36 PM , Rating: 2
Comparing PS3 (or XBOX 360) to the Wii makes no logical sense whatsoever.... they are completely aimed a different demographics and with different purposes in mind.

Wii is meant and was designed for very simple needs -- FAMILY oriented fun -- that is games for younger kids and their parents to play together. Frankly Wii doesn't care about doing anything else well beyond that, anything else is just a bonus (playing DVDS , etc.).

PS3 and Xbox 360 are aimed for a much older audience and therefore more "mature" games, likewise they actively promote other uses for their systems - watching movies and media centers being the most popular alternative purposes.

So I don't think its really fair or accurate to compare Wii to the other two consoles.


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By Hiawa23 on 3/27/2009 3:56:56 PM , Rating: 2
I own all three consoles, & no way, could I compare the Wii to the other two, but I love retro gaming, so I use the Wii for games I missed, & the NEo Geo games, are fantastic, & the are much cheaper on the virtual console, so other than that I really have no interest in the Wii, but my 11 year old daughter loves it.


RE: So the Wii catches up to 2007?
By callmeroy on 3/27/2009 4:18:13 PM , Rating: 2
I am a diehard PC gamer, but my younger nephews (I have a 20 y/o and a 19 y/o nephew too) are all below 13 years old and my niece who is 8 y/o love Wii. The older ones stick with PS3 and Xbox 360 (they have both)....i have to say honestly if I played the wii solo I don't think I'd enjoy it that much.....but playing with the kids - its a blast.

Where as I can easily play PS3/360/PC games solo and have plenty of fun with the games...


By vistaisfine on 3/28/2009 2:21:44 AM , Rating: 2
same here pc games all the way. i wish microsoft would freaking drop the xbox and make some deals to get games to support windows live... the live system is so so so awesome beyond words.


By Terberculosis on 3/29/2009 3:31:29 AM , Rating: 2
"Comparing PS3 (or XBOX 360) to the Wii makes no logical sense whatsoever.... they are completely aimed a different demographics and with different purposes in mind."

Umm, are they competing for the same gaming dollar? No one has unlimited finances. All game consoles play games. Therefore, all gaming consoles vie for the same dollars. Some gaming consoles tack on extra crap in the hopes of winning that dollar.

The Wii, the PS3, the Xbox 360, and the PC are all competing for the same limited resources. This argument is RETARDED.


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