In Light Of 160 Million Miis, Nintendo Announce Wii Party

By Ishaan . May 7, 2010 . 6:53am


At a financial results briefing for investors, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed what his company hopes will be their next successful Mii-focused product for the expanded audience — Wii Party.


“According to our own survey, we know that more than 160 million Miis have been created by our customers in Japan, the U.S. and six countries in Europe alone,” Iwata explained to investors, while displaying a slide of Wii Party. He went to explain that the popularity of Tomodachi Collection was largely responsible for consumers in Japan taking to their Miis. “In a sense, it is a natural move for your Miis and your friends’ and family members’ Miis to show up in a Wii party game,” he concluded.


However, Miis aren’t the only contributing factor to the game’s development. Of more significance, perhaps, is the success of Mario Party 8, which went on to sell 7.6 million units, post its 2007 release. Nintendo believe a party game has great potential and are preparing Wii Party for a 2010 release.


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  • Guest

    Well…no Mario Party 9.

  • kylehyde

    Hype for the nintedo conference decreasing in 40%.

    Well I only hope that this title doesn’t become the focus of their conference, but just in case, I will have a bucket next to my chair along with a toothbrush, toothpaste, a glass of water and some fresh mints.

  • sasuke222

    Oh God…….not the party crap again. If this sells well it’s going to have sequels…………….

  • crunc

    A Nintendo-produced party game will hopefully be a completely different story. I know the party concept gets bashed now, usually for good reason, but it was fun at first, and maybe Nintendo can inject new life into it.

    • malek86

      I don’t know, I’m pretty sure Mario Party has never been too acclaimed, especially after 8 iterations that were always the same. Hopefully this won’t be different than just a Mario Party 9 with Miis.

      • crunc

        As I said, “usually for good reason”. I’m just saying that a Nintendo developed party game could be great. FYI, Mario Party was developed by Hudson Soft, not by Nintendo (they just published it.)

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