The PR gals from Nintendo must be arching their backs and twitching with delight, at the sight of another BIG, round number to spice up their communiques. 20 million units - that's the latest figure announced by the company (via GI.biz
), representing the number of Wii consoles sold in the United States as of May 2009.
Some 244,000 units were swooped off the shelves last month, which is still a decent figure despite the console's more solid average of 645,000 units sold / month since its November 2006 debut in the territory. Confident - if not outright cocky - about their retail superiority, Nintendo of America's Cammie Dunaway (executive vice president of sales and marketing) indulged herself in a subtly mocking comment with regard to Microsoft and Sony's motion-sensing technologies announced at E3 last week:
"The continued enthusiastic consumer response to our products shows that Nintendo has something for everyone. (...) For Nintendo, precision motion controls and social gaming are realities today."
Add to that the roughly 8 million Wiis sold in Japan, plus way over 20 million elsewhere, and you get 50+ million Wii consoles sold worldwide since launch. So yeah, I'd say that the Wii still kicks ass. If only more of its games would, too...