The analysis, which uses ESRB’s search ability on its website to compile previously unseen data, notes of the Gamecube itself:

“On the GameCube over 51% of the games were rated E and 6.1% were rated E10+. This makes the GameCube appear to be more friendly for younger gamers.

While only 7.5% of the GameCube catalog was rated M, that fraction represents a significantly larger proportion than found on either the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance where M-rated games are less than 1% of the software library.”

However, when moving on to the Wii, the article particularly comments of Nintendo’s newest game hardware system:

“From the beginning Nintendo has wanted to attract non-traditional gamers with its Wii hardware and software. Perhaps as a result of the manufacturer’s strategy, many Wii games have been designed to appeal to — and therefore are rated for — a general audience.

Over 82% of the Wii catalog is either rated E or E10+. Only 3.2% are rated M, less than half the rate on Nintendo’s previous console, GameCube. Still, that 3.2% is significantly higher than the rates on either the Nintendo DS or the Game Boy Advance.”

These are some pretty interesting numbers, but there are a few factors you got to take into account. The Wii has only been out for a little over a year, I would like to see these numbers 4 years from now. Even if these numbers don’t change, the Wii still had one of the most controversial games of our time in Man Hunt 2.