Nintendo Sells Over 24M Wii, 70M Nintendo DS Units; FY2008 Sales Exceed $16B, Profits Over $2.4B

New financial documents released by Nintendo have revealed that the company's Wii console has sold 24.45 million units worldwide since its 2006 release, with the handheld Nintendo DS selling 70.6 million units worldwide since its debut in 2004.

Of those figures, 18.61 million Wii and 30.31 million DS systems were sold in the company's 2008 fiscal year, which ran from April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008.

Due to strong hardware and software sales in the 2008 fiscal year, including Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) and Pokemon Diamond and Pearl (NDS), Nintendo saw its net income jump to 1.67 trillion yen ($16.01 billion), a 73% increase over the past fiscal year.

After taking operating costs and taxes into account, Nintendo was left with a 257.3 billion yen ($2.4 billion) profit for the 2008 fiscal year, 47.7% more than that of the 2007 fiscal year.