Nintendo Wii: 30 Million Units Sold in U.S.

Nintendo has officially reached 30 million sales of its Wii console in the U.S.

The news today comes directly from Nintendo, who announced that it reached the milestone in only 45 months, which is “15 months faster than the next best-selling console.”“More than any other video game system in history, Wii has expanded the world of video games to a new audiences,” said Cammie Dunaway of Nintendo of America.

What a trip it’s been for Nintendo – the Gamecube, while successful, was seen as being unable to stand up next to the Xbox and PlayStation 2, and many predicted doom and gloom for Nintendo’s next-generation console. When the Wii was announced, it shocked nearly everyone. It wouldn’t feature the best graphics available? It was going to rely on motion control? No one saw how the Wii would be a success, but it has been nothing but a runaway champion in the console wars since then.

It certainly has also opened up the gates of gaming to people of all age groups. Grandmas and grandfathers were seen playing Wii’s, and offices around America put them in the break room to offer employees a relaxing video game experience.

That same audience has made the Wii a lightning-rod for criticism. Many see the Wii as a system that has brought shovelware into homes around the country, and beyond that, it hasn’t managed to attract the traditional gaming audience. That majority has stuck with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for shooters, RPGs, sports titles, and the like.

But, Nintendo has done remarkably well with its first party titles – the only reason the Wii has sold to any of the traditional gaming audience – and it looks to continue its success (and possibly reach more hardcore gamers) with the myriad number of incredible games announced at E3. Gamers have a new Zelda, Kirby, Metroid, as well as the IP Epic Mickey, and the remake of GoldenEye 007 to look forward to later this year. It seems like Nintendo is settling in, finding a happy balance between casual and traditional gaming fans, which should spell continued sales and acclaim for years to come.

Until, that is, the successor to the Wii arrives.

Along with the announcement Nintendo revealed its ten best-selling games on the Wii in the U.S. An impressive list of HUGE sellers:

1.       Wii Play

2.       Mario Kart Wii

3.       Wii Fit (with Wii Balance Board)

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)

9.       Mario Party 8

10.   Link’s Crossbow Training

All of these games have sold millions upon millions of copies with some reaching over 20 million copies worldwide at last count. That’s major success. Bigger than Modern Warfare 2 major success.

So, with the Wii celebrating a major landmark, what are your thoughts? Do you love the Wii? Hate it? Are you dying for Zelda: Skyward Sword to arrive? Let us know in the comments section!