Gamers cheered when Nintendo announced the Wii’s virtual console where you can replay console classics on the Wii. At Nintendo’s 67th Fiscal Term meeting Satoru Iwata announced that they have sold over 3.3 million virtual console games, globally. Considering there are around six million Wiis sold, less than half of the Wii owners purchased a game through the virtual console. Hold it! That statistic is incredibly misleading too. Many Wii owners who bought one game probably purchased others. If there was so much excitement for the virtual console how come six million+ virtual console games have not been sold yet? Is the game library lacking? Maybe, but a possible explanation is only approximately 40% of Wii owners have connected their Wii online. You need to go online to shop and if we adjust the numbers there are 2.4 million Wii owners online who can purchase Super Mario Brothers with a click of the remote. Are you part of the 60% camp who hasn’t signed online with your Wii yet? Or are you part of the group who contributed to the 3.3 million paid virtual console downloads?

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