Virtual world domination now a very real possibility

According to a recent press release from Nintendo, it turns out that, in the five years following the release of the Wii console, nearly 214 million have been created across consoles around the globe. As shockingly large as that number is, it doesn’t even include Miis on 3DS.


Nintendo Europe has even said that the number of Miis in Europe alone have exceeded 73.2m, which is indeed more than the population of France, the UK and Italy. Seeing as many Wiis can house far more Miis than family members, this does make sense. I am still quite comfortable with the likes of Chewbacca, Quagmire, Hitler and Arnold Schwarzenegger residing in my Wii memory.

You can find the official press release below:

NUMBER OF NINTENDO Mii CHARACTERS IN EUROPE NOW EXCEEDS THE POPULATION OF FRANCE, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND ITALY

Now almost 214 million Nintendo Mii characters worldwide

7th December 2011 – 2011 research from Nintendo of Europe has revealed that the total number of Mii™ characters created by players across Europe on Wii™ now exceeds 73.2million* – more than the populations of France, the United Kingdom and Italy or more than Spain and The Netherlands combined. A Mii is an individual, personalised character created to play games on Wii and more recently on Nintendo 3DS™**

The global Mii population is a staggering 213.8 million[1] meaning that if all the Mii characters were to form a country it would have the fifth largest population in the world and would sit above Brazil, Nigeria and Pakistan. The European Mii population is so large that if it was a country of its own it would be the second largest country in Europe after Germany***. Since its launch in 2006, 89.36 million Wii consoles have been sold across the globe****.

Laurent Fischer, Managing Director, Marketing & PR at Nintendo of Europe, comments: “Our research shows that Europeans clearly enjoy playing with their Mii characters. With Mii Maker and StreetPass Mii Plaza features on Nintendo 3DS, more people will be able to enjoy the experience of creating and sharing their own Mii characters.”