The Nintendo Wii has been dominate of the gaming market since it’s release. It seems like the first two years you couldn’t even find one in stores. Thanks to a recent press release, we now know that the Wii has now sold 30 Million units since the 2006 launch which is certainly a huge accomplishment.
Wii launched in November 2006 and ushered in a new era of video games. The built-in motion controls of the iconic Wii Remote controller drew millions of new players to the world of video games. Kids started playing with their parents and grandparents, people got up off the couch and got active, and seniors and baby boomers formed virtual bowling leagues.
“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.”
What I find most interesting is how the Wii has been a casual gaming system since release for the most part, shunned by a majority of the hardcore gamers. Since this year’s E3 though, we have seen a huge shift though with nearly all of this year’s remaining releases focused on the titles that made Nintendo famous to start with.
Here is a list of the top 10 Nintendo releases since launch as of June 2010:
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
The third party top 10 list as of June 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
With Metroid Other M, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and Donkey Kong Country Returns still slated to all launch later this year, things should only go up for the beloved developer.