10 million-plus Wiis sold in Japan

Famitsu publisher Enterbrain says Nintendo's console has sold 289,736 units in two months in the island nation.

The month of January ended with Nintendo announcing it had shipped 67.45 million Wiis worldwide as of December 31, 2009. Of those, 9.72 million units were sold in Japan, 32.02 million units in North and South America, and 25.71 million units in Europe and elsewhere.

The black Wii has contributed to sales in Japan since its introduction there last August.

Now, March begins with game-industry research firm Enterbrain announcing that Japanese Wii sales have surpassed the 10-million-unit mark. Via its Famitsu magazine, the company reported that as of Sunday, February 28, some 10,009,736 units of the little white (and now black) machines have been bought in the island nation since the platform launched in November 2006.

Subtract the pre-2010 Japanese total of 9.72 million, and the Wii has sold 289,736 in two months in the island nation, population 127.1 million. Unsurprisingly, that figure is just a fraction of Wii sales in the US, whose 308.8 million citizens scooped up 465,800 Wiis in January alone. (February US sales figures are expected next Thursday.)

Last year also saw Japanese Wii sales slow due to the global recession and what Nintendo president Satoru Iwata himself said was a lack of "high demand" titles. Nintendo is hoping to fix that this year, with the release of several major games, including Super Mario Galaxy 2 (May 23) and Metroid: Other M (June 2). A new Zelda game is also due out sometime before 2011 and will likely be unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in mid-June.

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ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

What about guilty gear X X;klonoa ;phantom brave; tales of symponia 2; fire emblem and valhalla knights. All these games are hardcore too. If you really believe that the wii is crap then fine that's your opinion but its not a fact.

princeaminparke
princeaminparke

@knoxyknight To be honest your question suxs because motion controls is what the Wii controller is all about. But ok to answer yor question I will say 1)MURAMASA 2)Castlevania wiiware 3)Contra wiiware 4)Tatsunoko vs capcom 5)Punch out wii

knoxyknight
knoxyknight

@princeaminparke Name 5 hardcore games. By which I mean games that aren't almost 100% centered around motion sensing and have a decent level of difficulty and depth.

princeaminparke
princeaminparke

@ayumi_miyazaki Girl you ain't lying either, the Wii has the female gamer audience on lock. I'm more of a hardcore xbox 360 guy and even I can see that the Wii is the better around console. From a series stand point nintendo has the best franchises-best first party-best controller-best mix of hardcore and casual games and most importantly they have shigeru miyamoto. The wii is destined for greatness. But like I said I love xbox because it has great online and the best graphics this generation. Ayumi_miyazaki you are one of my favorite people on this site, you speak the truth and has a lot of knowledge when it comes to games. Your a smart woman and I appreciate you. Arigato

knoxyknight
knoxyknight

@ayumi_miyazaki Thats precisely my problem. The wii only caters to casual gamers. Nintendo brushed off hardcore gamers in favor of making more money by tapping into the casual gamers. I don't have a problem with casual games, but if thats all the wii offers, I can't help but be pissed. Aside from the metroid games and madworld, theres no other games I like because they are too easy and boring. My friend has New super mario bros wii, and it could've been so much more, but Nintendo got lazy, and it was skanky easy, I didn't even find it fun. What about another difficulty mode for platforming veterans such as myself? Nintendo dosen't care, they just want to please the casual market now.

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

@knoxyknight Your sorely mistaken if you think the wii is a crappy system. I like so many females on this site are now gamers because of the Nintendo Wii. No other console in history brought in soooooo many women gamers, although I've been gaming casually before the Wii you still shouldn't knock a system that keeps bringing in new people year after year

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Seems like a great year for Nintendo but the lack of titles last year broke all their market share advantage and it now seems that Wii sales will decline worldwide. Hope I'm wrong and hopefully will have more on line games.

knoxyknight
knoxyknight

I miss the time when ninendo used to make good games. You know, any time before this piece of crap system came out and poisoned the gaming industry.

Flint247
Flint247

The black wii does look awesome. I would want one, but I am fine with my White Wii. oops, racist!!! :O

capitalthoughts
capitalthoughts

The Wii kicked off the year with No More Heroes 2 and Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom. They will be getting Monster Hunter Tri, Sin and Punishment: Star Successor, Metroid Other M, Super Mario Galaxy (both within a month) a new Zelda, Red Steel 2 and plus the always great virtual and wiiware releases. It looks like 2010 is the anti-2009. Good job Nintendo.

nate1222
nate1222

Wow. The black Wii looks sick! Despite its shortcomings, the Wii isn't going anywhere anytime soon. I love my Wii and DS. But I readily acknowledge that most of what I play on the Wii are RETRO games via Virtual Console. The DS, despite being a handheld, is a better platform.

Nintendofreakx
Nintendofreakx

@kavadias1981 nah your not the only 1 I still play mine nearly everyday. Man i can't wait for super mario galaxy 2!

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@mariostar0001 No big surprise, Japan likes anything in a shiny new color. lol

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

No big surprise, Japan likes Japan based companies

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Thats like everyone in Japan lol. I wonder what they actually play though?? There just aren't many good games on the system.

Mr_Manikin52
Mr_Manikin52

Well...that's cool. All they need to have are the 3 big games that's worth buying the Wii. Galaxy 2, Metroid, and Zelda.

swamptick
swamptick

What does Japan have to do with us?

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

10 million Wii's sold in Japan is still quite good sales.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I might not like the Wii much myself (I love a few games, but that isn't enough to save it for me), but I have to admit I have boundless respect for it... my wife adores the Wii, and it's single handedly turned her into a full-time gamer like me, so it can't be all bad.

Doolum
Doolum

i have 1 black wii(Japanese ofCourse)and love it.

iano-87
iano-87

I dont know why because I rarely use my wii but for as long as i can remember ive been delighted when nintendo see huge sales figures :)

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Am I the only gamer that seems to use his Wii on a regular basis? lol Even last night I bought Castlevania ReBirth on Wiiware. Loved it! (all 90 minutes of it mind you). Blazing through Tatsunoko now and again, and play WS Resort and Pokemon Rumble with my daughter too. Sure my PS3 gets an equal amount of attention but the content is different so its not like I can play it with my daughter around. I'm sure she won't appreciate my 5 hour stints on Metal Gear Online!

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Mine collects a lot of dust. But it's the only game console several girls have come to my house just to play. I just wish it had been HD out of the gate and that it didn't peak with Wii Sports.

CTR360
CTR360

no suprise but idont need wii

blazey09
blazey09

nope nobody actually plays the wii it just takes on the dust.....there are a few good games however. like mario and zelda and...oh wait thats it.

chefstubbies
chefstubbies

Awesome! Now I can buy a black Wii and put it beside my...white Wii...wtf?

soulless4now
soulless4now

I wonder how many of those wiis are actually being played and which ones are collecting dust...

chappy_man
chappy_man

grats wii, more people to play Mariokart against, and MH3 when it comes out

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I love the black Wii. But I will wait for the Wii HD, which can't be far away now.

zaku101
zaku101

Wait people actually turn on their Wiis?

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Just wait till Galaxy 2 comes out and it's going to be like launch day all over again.

xXZak-ataKXx
xXZak-ataKXx

yea its lead by wii..numbers dont lie. but its different in this situation. the wii is a completely different console from the ps3 or 360. so number wise its superior but in many other ways its not at all on the same chart as ps3/360

IvanKavinski
IvanKavinski

It's just like when the PS2 was taking over and everyone ripped on how it's specs were way worse than Xbox and Gamecube... Just accept it... This generation is led by Wii.

joksterz78
joksterz78

of course the wii shows off its superiority!

EgoAttacker
EgoAttacker

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XboxN64
XboxN64

who doesn't own a wii who still wants one?

sman3579
sman3579

The Black Wii looks cool.

Inconnux
Inconnux

Zelda, Galaxy 2 and Metroid... good news for Nintendo fans :)

hawaiiinsomniac
hawaiiinsomniac

A black Wii + Zelda bundle... that'll ramp up sales!

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

wii sells simple as that haters can hate but the truth stands taller

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Its kinda crazy when sales increase just because of a color change. Racists! I didn't think the Wii could sell anymore, simply because it seems like everyone in the world has one, except me.

TKandPBC
TKandPBC

You know, I originally said that I was gonna hold off buying a Wii until it came out in black. I got tired of waiting and bought one online about 2 years ago :p.

mike62884
mike62884

When the black Wii comes out in the States, that's when I'll buy one.

monson21502
monson21502

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kyacat
kyacat

the black wii does look cool and wow Nintendo wii is still selling like hootcakes and we need is Zelda wii this year..

death_dealerK
death_dealerK

what is it about looking different and awesome that make people buy it? o well not surprised. it is the wii after all