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63,500,000. That's the number of Wii Remotes Nintendo says it has sold in the United States since the Wii launched in November 2006. How did Nintendo manage to move so many of the damn things? Wii Play was a big help, responsible for nearly 13 million Wii Remotes being snapped up by U.S. consumers. Wii Remotes included with the console were the biggest driver, logically, with more than 30 million Wiis now in U.S. homes.

Nintendo breaks it down, like so, also proving that pink Wii Remotes are more beloved than blue Wii Remotes.
  • 30.41 million included with the Wii hardware
  • 12.92 million sold with Wii Play
  • 18.56 million white versions sold separately
  • 2.44 million black versions sold separately
  • 467,500 pink versions sold separately
  • 465,200 blue versions sold separately
Nintendo brags that the sum total of all those remotes is enough for "every man, woman and child living in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit and San Francisco, and [...] every resident of Florida, Ohio, Virginia and North Dakota."

With the current U.S. population at over 310 million, that's ... a lot of Wii Remotes.

We'll interpret this info blast from Nintendo as word that the company is well aware of competing motion control products from Sony and Microsoft arriving this fall; a sort of "Yeah? So?" type announcement.

How many Wii Remotes do you own?

[Souce: Kotaku]
 
 
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Just like I reported Europe and Japan getting this bundle, North America is now getting the red Wii bundle that celebrates the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. The console comes packed with the new Wii-mote Plus, which has on-board Wii MotionPlus. Priced at US$199.99, the bundle also comes with Wii Sports, New Super Mario Bros. and a red Nunchuk.

Like with the European bundle, the game will not come with the special "hacked" version of the original Super Mario Bros. It also does not come with the original version of Donkey Kong that Europe is getting.

The bundle hits North America on November 7.
 
 
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It's not just the Super Mario Bros. 25th anniversary game Europe is getting; the Old World may be in line to receive the new Red Wii as well, albeit with some changes made to the bundle. This box art surfaced over the weekend, and shows what looks to be the official packaging for a European edition of the red Wii bundle. It differs from the Japanese one, however, in that instead of including that special "hacked" version of Super Mario Bros., it instead includes the original Donkey Kong.

You'll also see on the box that while it only includes Wii Sports, it's also packing a copy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Slight disappointment to collectors after what will surely be a very rare version of the classic game, then, but if all you wanted was the red Wii and some great games to get you started, then everything is fine!

We're checking with Nintendo for confirmation on this bundle, and will update if we hear back.

UPDATE - Yup, it's official! It'll be out on October 29.
 
 
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A playable demo for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 will be released on PSN and XBLA on October 12, LucasArts has confirmed.

"The level focuses on the very beginning of the game, which takes in a secret cloning facility on the planet of Kamino," explains Lucas.
"Starkiller, told by Vader he is no more than a clone, becomes tormented by the memories of his past and escapes into the rain-soaked planet with Vader not far behind. Unleash the power of dual Lightsabers, over-top Force powers including the new Jedi Mind Trick."

Sounds cool. The full game will be out on Wii, PS3, 360 and PC on October 26.
 
 
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Between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2009, 696 gaming-related injuries were reported in the United States. How are gamers hurting themselves? Researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia gathered together data on five years of gaming-related injuries in an attempt to identify how gamers are getting hurt while playing their games. Polling the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, the researchers discovered that 696 injuries have been reported over the course of the five-year period.

And those were only the reported injuries.

Of those 696 injuries, 92 occurred while playing what the researchers consider today's modern, more interactive games. Of those 92, 76 were injured while playing the Nintendo Wii.

"Interactive video games are becoming increasingly more popular with a wide variety currently available," lead study author Dr. Patrick O'Toole wrote in an email to The Canadian Press. "These games are fun to play and differ significantly from traditional video games as the player must physically mimic movements in order to compete. Injuries sustained during these interactive games are likely to be similar to injuries sustained in real sports."

Indeed, the majority of interactive gaming injuries involved abrasions, sprains, and strains of the shoulder, ankle, or foot.

Of course, that doesn't mean that traditional gamers are safe. While Wii players are busy hurting their bodies, traditional control-pad using gamers are hurting their eyes, neck, and face. Of the reported injuries, all 65 seizures, eight cases of eye pain, and all but one neck injury occurred during traditional gaming.

I suppose it could be worse. I'm not seeing any report of gaming-related deaths, outside of those involving violent crimes. As long as we keep hurting ourselves but not killing ourselves, we should be good.

The findings are being presented today at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco.