Iwata: Nintendo’s E3 2009 Software Aimed To Topple PS2

Despite the 2008 success of “Wii Fit” and “Mario Kart Wii,” and the already-announced slate of 2009 Wii games, Nintendo’s president says that it is the games Nintendo will announce at this year’s E3 that will help the Wii surpass lifetime sales of Sony’s juggernaut PlayStation 2.


Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has a target. It’s the PS2. Based on remarks Iwata made during an address to investors in Japan earlier this week, Nintendo’s president would soon like the PS2 to be replaced by Nintendo systems atop rankings of console success.

That point was made repeatedly during Iwata’s comments, and he brought data — and a little bit of E3 2009 hype — to prove it. Here’s him hoping the Wii will someday surpass the PS2 in lifetime sales:

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.

And here’s a chart Nintendo displayed seconds later during Iwata’s remarks comparing global PS2 sales and global DS sales. Looks like Nintendo DS is going to catch PS2 any day now:

Reality check: according to NPD and other sales stats provided by Nintendo during this week’s report, the PS2 worldwide sales are 97.5 million units. The DS is at 84.1 million. The Wii is at 39.3 million.

Any bets on what games Nintendo’s going to reveal at E3 to get them over the PS2? Can the Wii really catch Sony’s most successful console?

[Photo credit: TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images]

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