Nintendo Wii: Nintendo Wii Officially Outsells Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

Nintendo have officially confirmed that the Wii has outsold the NES, making it “the best selling Nintendo home videogame console of all time.”

“Family Computer System, called Nintendo Entertainment System or NES in short in overseas markets, had sold 61.91 million units, which was the largest unit sales figure for any Nintendo home videogame consoles.

The cumulative sales of Wii hardware from Nintendo to our distributors and retail customers reached 67.45 million units as of the end of December 2009. It has replaced NES to become the best selling Nintendo home videogame console of all time.

Among handheld hardware, GameBoy series have sold through 118.69 million units in total since the launch, which was the largest unit sales figure among all Nintendo’s hardware products.

As of the end of December 2009, when Wii marked the record LTD sales as the number one selling Nintendo home console, the life-to-date shipments of Nintendo DS series reached 125.13 million units, which has now become largest sales figure among all of the Nintendo’s videogame hardware.

Needless to say, these are just two milestones of a larger journey in our efforts to reach the ultimate goal of bringing one home console for every household and one handheld for everyone.”

– Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata



  1. Umm?

    Exactly the heck is the “NES Version” of the Nintendo Entertainment System?

    I guess next they’ll be coming out with a “Wii Version” of Nintendo’s Wii console. :/

  2. Again. Console sales don’t mean much when you don’t have alot of games for it. Games make a system. And until I can play COD, Assasins Creed, FF and the like on it, it continues to be a 200 dollar glowing night light. I play Wii Bowling once a month and PS3/Xbox almost every night.
    I love some Mario Kart but online FPS multiplayer is where it’s at right now. I’m glad N came out of the sales slump with the GC but again. Where’s the games?
    WiiHD is next

    1. Nintendo is trying to stay where they started, unlike the other two main companies. They started with a family system, and they will continue making family systems and family games.

      1. Yeah, until they come up with system with comparable specs to the 360 and PS3 and more “hardcore” developers consider them a viable option. Nintendo would embrace them, we already saw how much “hardcore” cred they tried to squeeze out of GTA Chinatown Wars and The Conduit.

  3. That’s pretty big figure. But I do not think Wii is the conventional game console. The gaming experience on Wii is quite bad. I have bored by having own Wii for just 3 month. But for NES ,I had played it for years .

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