Home Your IT Entertainment Nintendo sells 2 wiillion units in Australia!

Ok, ok so that's really 2 million units, but for all the talk of the Wii's saturation, that still less than 10% of Australia's population, establishing the Wii as the fastest selling home console and smashing past previous record holder, Nintendo's DS!

Australians' love affair with Nintendo's Wii console has continued all the way through to the 2 million sales mark, with Nintendo announcing the news earlier today.

Nintendo says the sales data on the 2 million units was collected by Nintendo from 'retail partner reporting', with the milestone 'achieved in 47 months' and establishing the Wii 'as the fastest selling home console'.

Previously, Nintendo's own DS handheld console held this record, selling through 'two million units in 52 months', with that figure handily smashed by the DS's bigger brother.

Launched what seems a long time ago now in December 2006, just a month before Apple announced its original iPhone, Nintendo's Wii certainly has 'ushered in a new era of video games' with 'built-in motion controls' for interactive video games that anyone can play, 'regardless of age, gender or gaming experience'.

And, as opposed to the original motion-sensing Wii remote controller, Nintendo now includes its new, improved remote, Wii Remote Plus with Wii MotionPlus functionality built in, something that is essential for the newest, more motion accurate games.

Available in black or white, Nintendo's Wii is also now available in red for a limited time only, at AUD $299.95.

Of course, some will be tempted by Microsoft's new motion-sensing Kinect system, where your entire body is now the controller, or Sony's 'Move' motion-sensing system, which has been branded as even more accurate than Nintendo's Wii MotionPlus, but even with the new challengers, Nintendo still has plenty of unique appeal, and despite already clocking up 2 million sales of the Wii in Australia, will clearly sell plenty more over the next 8 weeks!

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One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.

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