Before Nintendo launched the Wii, the company was concerned enough about public perception of the console’s name that it unveiled the name “Wii” before the console itself made its debut at E3. Time for people to process the name and get their jokes out of the way, the thinking went. Now, Nintendo is enjoying what amounts to the last laugh, as the company announced that the Wii has surpassed the 35 million mark in terms of sales, a milestone the Wii reached faster than any other console in U.S. history.
The news from Nintendo came as part of an announcement that the company sold more than 454,000 Wii consoles during the month of February.
With that many units moved, it’s not surprising to hear Wii software sales were promising in February as well. Just Dance 2, from Ubisoft, sold more than 554,000 units, while two of Nintendo’s first-party titles sold through numbers that pushed them to new milestones. Donkey Kong Country Returns crossed the 2 million mark in total sales, while New Super Mario Bros. Wii crossed the 8 million sales mark.