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Nintendo’s Wii hits a heckuva milestone

You don’t have to be a student of the video game industry to
know the Wii is king of the hill, but the company is now underlining just how
secure it is in its reign.

Nintendo announced Tuesday that it has now sold 30 million
Wiis in the U.S. alone. That milestone comes just 45 months after the device
went on sale. To put that into perspective, the PlayStation 2, the industry’s
best selling home console, has sold more than 50 million units – but took over
eight years to do so.

The company celebrated the feat with the usual combination
of back-patting and promotion of upcoming games, but it also put out a list of
the Top selling games for the system – both from its own studios and
third-party partners.

A couple surprises came out of that. First off, the fact
that “Link’s Crossbow Training” – a novelty title that had very shallow
gameplay, beat the critically acclaimed launch title “The Legend of Zelda:
Twilight Princess”.  Secondly, the fact
that Hudson Entertainment’s “Deca Sportstopped Sega’s “Mario & Sonic at the
Olympic Winter Games” – which sold 6 million copies – is shocking, to say the

The complete lists are after the break.

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