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Nintendo officials have revealed that not only has the Wii’s Virtual Console seen 7.8 million downloads so far worldwide but that this has equated to revenues of ¥3.5 billion ($31.9 million), with an executive describing the figures as “not bad”.

David Jenkins, Blogger

November 29, 2007

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Speaking at a press conference held in Tokyo, Nintendo officials have revealed that not only has the Wii’s Virtual Console seen 7.8 million total downloads so far in its lifetime, but that this has equated to worldwide revenues of ¥3.5 billion ($31.9m). The previously Gamasutra-reported conference was held in conjunction with Japanese telecoms company NTT to announced a collaboration for the Wii’s general Internet services, as Nintendo seeks to raise awareness of the Wii’s online functionality ahead of the launch of the WiiWare range of downloadable games early next year. According to a translation by consumer website IGN, Nintendo executive Shinji Hatano commented, “We're currently unsure if this is a lot or low. They're not bad figures.” Unlike Xbox Live Marketplace, the Wii’s Virtual Console does not provide free demos, meaning that the quoted 7.8 million figure likely relates mainly to purchased content.

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David Jenkins

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David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.

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