Wii console sales pass 100 million

210,000 Wii consoles sold between April and June 2013

Nintendo has reported it sold 210,000 Wii console between April and June 2013, pushing lifetime sales of its motion-controlled gaming platform past 100 million mark.

In total, the Wii has sold 100.04 million units to become Nintendo's third most successful gaming device. The honour of being number one still belongs to the Game Boy, which recorded lifetime sales of 118.69 million.


In March, Nintendo released the Wii Mini, a paired down version of the console designed with a priority to keep manufacturing costs as low as possible. The hardware lacked online functionality, did not feature an SD card slot or support GameCube backwards compatibility.

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata recently confirmed that the company has cancelled plans to release the Wii Vitality Sensor. The device was revealed in June 2009 as a heartbeat sensor that could work to "help us relax in a videogame" or help "people to unwind or even fall asleep", according to Iwata at the time.

However, Iwata admitted the firm has quietly put the device itself to bed.

"We thought it would be interesting to understand how the human autonomic nerve functions while using the Wii Vitality Sensor," he told investors recently.