Wii: “PS2 record? What PS2 record?”

What do you get if you cross 18 months on the market with 50 million software sales worldwide? A place in the history books for the Nintendo Wii is what! Despite constant hardware shortages the Wii has marched on regardless, bagging praise from across the media and near single handedly inventing the elusive phenomena that is “casual” gaming.

The previous record was held by the PlayStation 2 which managed to shift 42 million games in the first year and a half of its life. Furthermore, these numbers don’t include Virtual Console titles or Wii Sports, which was bundled with the console. If you take into account that Nintendo are claiming 9.5 million Wii’s sold over the same 18 month period you can add that number to the 50 million. Crickey!