So it turns out that Nintendo reached a couple of US sales milestones in 2010. According to their internal sales figures, the Nintendo DS has sold more than 47 million since launching in 2004 (which means that it includes every iteration of the system from the very first). And the Wii marked its third year in a row as the top-selling game console with over seven million (making it 34 million total sold in the US alone).
"When we look back at 2010, we see consumers time and again turning to the value and enjoyment of our products," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "When we look ahead to 2011, we see new portable technology and more great Wii games that need to be seen to be believed."
Reggie's talking about the hotly-anticipated 3DS system launching in February in Japan and March in the US. That will likely secure Nintendo's stranglehold on the portable gaming market by setting sales records in 2011. The question is will they consider the 3DS its own system or lump it in with the DS, DSiXL and DSi in order to make the numbers even bigger? (Because you have to wonder how many sales are from people who feel the need to buy the newest version of the DS even though there's nothing wrong with the one they have.) And I'm surprised to see that the Wii is still selling so strongly, because honestly doesn't everyone on the planet own one already? Sure seems like it!