Iwata aiming to topple PS2 sales record with blockbuster E3

By Patrick Garratt, Friday, 30 January 2009 20:19 GMT

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It’s so on. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said in Japan this week that he’s aiming for Wii’s sales to beat PS2’s. That’s a lot of sales. It’s 97.5 million sales, to be specific.

What we are looking at are the cumulative Wii and DS sales through the end of 2008. Wii has been selling at industry’s record pace so far, and with new customers acquired by the gaming population expansion efforts, it is not impossible for Wii’s total sales to exceed the final install base of PS2. Wii still has much more room for expansion. We can expect more sales of software in the next fiscal year than in the current year. With what kind of software is Nintendo going to achieve this goal? Well, it will be shown at E3 to be held in the U.S. this June.

Wii, by comparison, has so far sold 39.3 million worldwide. We’re pretty sure another Zelda isn’t going to net 60 million hardware sales.

It’s January. And we’re pumped for E3. Big Satoru: you’re the best.

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