Wii to become most successful console ever

Analyst firm predicts Nintendo machine will outsell PlayStation 2 over time

The Nintendo Wii could be on its way to replacing the PlayStation 2 as the most successful console of all time, according to analyst firm Venture Beat.

The console is predicted to have sold 154 million units globally by 2014, reports DigitalSpy, which would put it ahead of the 140 million units that the now-fading PlayStation 2 has managed.

According to Venture Beat the Wii is 10 per cent ahead of the PS2 in comparative lifetime terms, having sold 17.5 million units in its first 26 months on sale in the US, compared to 15.9 million units for Sony's console.

Meanwhile it was also noted that the PlayStation 3 is having a similar impact to the lacklustre performance of Nintendo's previous console attempt, the GameCube, having sold 6.79 million units in the past 26 months - although the company does expect Sony's flagship console to have a much stronger long term appeal.

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.11 years ago
That's a very different number compared to those I saw projected just a year or two ago. For instance Strategy Analytics projected Wii sales at just 18 million by 2012 though they did update that figure to 23 million the following year.
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