Reggie speaks on slumping Wii sales and more

In an interview with IGN during last weeks GDC, Reggie Fils-Aime answered a number of questions about the condition of the Wii.  He dodged the tough questions by talking of how well the Wii has already sold, reminding us that the console sold over 35 million units in North America alone. He also let us know that Skyward Sword was still on its way, saying that the game will be innovative and help keep the company relevant in comparison to Kinect and Move.

I’m not sure that I can disagree with Reggie. Although 2010 Wii sales were down from 2009, the Wii still managed to move over 9 million units in North America. 2010 also was arguably the strongest year software-wise for Wii. Between titles like Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Donkey Kong Country Returns from Nintendo, and No More Heros 2 and Monster Hunter Tri from 3rd party publishers, I would most definitely say that my Wii was turned on for the better part of last year.

Reggie ended the interview by telling us why Nintendo has yet to show us much in regards to the 2011 lineup for Wii. With Nintendo launching a brand new console in the 3DS and focusing on major titles like Pokemon Black/White, Reggie admitted that the Wii has taken somewhat of a backseat. He did state that we would see something released from Nintendo before E3, but we would have to wait until June’s show for more details on new games. My guesses would be the Pokemon title that was previously hinted at and hopefully we will finally see Pikmin for Wii.

What are your thoughts Infendo nation? Do you agree with Reggie? What will Nintendo reveal at this year’s E3?

Eugene lives in New Mexico and has been a life long gamer since getting his hands on an NES. Always partial to Nintendo, Eugene has made it a point to keep informed on all things Mario.


  1. Let’s see…
    More on Skyward Sword, of course. Nintendo would be dumb to not capatalize on Black/White’s success by talking about the Wii tie-in (my money’s on Battle Revolution for Black and White). I think Kirby Wii and Pikmin will also make a showing. What I’d really love is an announcement for Super Mario Galaxy 3–I think there’s plenty of room for a third entry in that series, and it would be great to see three unique Mario platformers on one console. I don’t think we’ve seen that since the NES.

  2. Whatever happens, you can be Nintendo will make money. The Big N has always played their cards close to their chest. However I am predicting that 2012 will see the announcemnet of new home consoles and Nintendo will be there with ’em. I don’t mind the slow down – I have a ton of wii back log to sift through.

  3. the reason sales are going down is that most people that want a wii…. already own one

  4. I think that they will show a new console at E3, probably skyward sword, the kirby game that has been rumored, remember that game Pandora’s Tower, may that one too, I highly doubt a pikmin game since the franchise is pretty much dead, shame if you ask me it was a good one, and maybe a few other games. like a Super Smash Brother since it has been 3 years already since it’s release, Another game that I doubt is Mario game since is too soon for that and the is already one in the making for 3DS same with mario kart, and metroid is too soon too for that one as well

  5. @starfox yep that is true.

  6. All nintendo has to do is localize all those fantastic games japan got and we didn’t. They hardly have to do a damn thing. That in itself could keep the Wii going another 2 years before the successor.

  7. @Calab
    Galaxy 3 would be awesome to see!

    I’m with you on a 2012 announcement, but we won’t be playing wii 2 until 2013

  8. Holidays of 2012 would be ideal since the life of a home console rarely exceeds 6 years

  9. Yeah, I think they will announce the next Wii console to come out on November 2012… you know, before the World ends?

  10. the wii is made too well.

    see- i am either going to pay Microsoft to fix my 360, AGAIN, or buy another.

    If wiis were built, and “repaired”, like 360s, Nintendo would sell a LOT more.

  11. Nintendo’s consoles are well made and if they fall they don’t broke that easily, My game cube suffered severe falls about 4 to 5 ft tall and never broke. and last week my cousin threw my wii down from a similar height and it took it like nothing

  12. @lucaslink2
    That just reminded me of an xplay segment from a couple years ago. Check it out!

  13. Eugene see what i mean facts doesn’t lie.

  14. That video reminds me how fragile computers are with this you will undertand

  15. After E3 I still don’t think wii u will do any better then wii did in terms of sales, wii was different and that’s why it did well, wii u doesn’t sound like it’s going to be that revolutionary

  16. I think you hit the nail on the head there wii dvd

  17. you can’t expect sales to always rise, no product increases it’s sales forever, hence new versions are released, every company needs to move with the times, how many years has it been out now, wii has done very well if you ask me

  18. In case you have forgotten Wii led sales over the PS3 and Xbox 360 in worldwide sales and in Dec 2009 broke the record for sold consoles in a month in the United States.

  19. Wii U is going to be even bigger than Wii was and is – nearly everyone I know has a wii

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  21. I think Nintendo are doing well to meet their own target of about 3 million in sales this year, the figure is good but not great, I do think it could have been a lot better.

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