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WiiWare grows by 30%

While VC takes a decline in 2009

Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE) has released its annual report for 2009 for Nintendo's WiiWare and Virtual Console services.

The report estimates that the two platforms combined for $125 million in revenue in 2009, with the holiday rush giving Virtual Console the edge over WiiWare ($66 million to $59 million).

WiiWare is said to have grown by over 30% in 2009 compared to its launch year, while Virtual Console slid almost 25 per cent in 2009, leading to an overall decline of 6 per cent year-over-year.

Here are FADE's estimated top Western downloadable Wii Titles by Revenue in 2009:

Super Mario Bros. 3 (Nintendo, NES) - $5,000,000 ($5.00)
World of Goo (2D Boy, WiiWare) - $4,800,000 ($15.00)
Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, NES) - $3,300,000 ($5.00)
Super Mario World (Nintendo, SNES) - $2,900,000 ($8.00)
Super Mario 64 (Nintendo, N64) - $2,700,000 ($10.00)
Tetris Party (Hudson, WiiWare) - $2,600,000 ($12.00)
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the (Nintendo, N64) - $2,300,000 ($10.00)
Pokémon Rumble (Nintendo, WiiWare) - $2,200,000 ($15.00)
Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the (Nintendo, N64) - $2,100,000 ($10.00)
My Pokémon Ranch (Nintendo, WiiWare) - $2,000,000 ($10.00)

FADE believes 2010 will continue to see small declines in Virtual Console with strong gains in WiiWare, as they project the Virtual Console to take in approximately $60 million with WiiWare surpassing $75 million.