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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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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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