updated 04:45 pm EDT, Wed March 11, 2009
Nintendo ships 50M Wiis
Graphics card and CPU chipmaker AMD announced on Wednesday that it has shipped 50 million of its GPUs, nicknamed Hollywood, for the Nintendo Wii gaming console. The milestone means Hollywood is the most popular AMD graphics processor for gaming consoles. AMD has a 10-year history of supplying Nintendo with graphics processors, as it provided the Nintendo GameCube system, the Wii's predecessor, with a graphics processing solution.
While the announcement comes from a supplier to Nintendo and not the video game maker itself, the news makes it likely that Nintendo has shipped or will soon ship 50 million of its Wii consoles.
Unlike gaming consoles from Microsoft (Xbox 360) and Sony (PlayStation3), the Nintendo Wii is not capable of providing high-definition graphics, though the innovative control interface, gaming library with little age boundaries and affordable price mean it outsells the other systems by a significant margin.