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Nintendo Reports Strong Holiday Sales

12 Jan, 2007 By: Billy Gil

Nintendo's Wii sold out wherever available during the holidays.

Figures released by The NPD Group today reported Nintendo had its most successful holiday performance yet in 2006.

The Nintendo DS was the best-selling video game console for both the holidays and all of 2006, with sales of 1.6 million in December and a full-year total of 5.3 million. The Wii sold out wherever available, with more than 1 million units sold in the 44 days between its U.S. launch and the end of the year.

In fact, throughout the holiday shopping period, Nintendo accounted for more than half of all U.S. video game hardware sales.

Wii owners purchased an average of three extra games, in addition to the Wii Sports title bundled with the system. Accessory sales included more than 1.5 million extra controllers for the Wii.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess continued its extraordinary run, selling more than 900,000 games for the Wii and representing 86% of Wii buyers. Sales of the game, coupled with the companion version released in December for the Nintendo GameCube, totaled about 1.5 million in less than seven weeks, making it one of the five best-selling video games of the year.Nintendo DS titles New Super Mario Bros. and Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day also ended up top 10 sellers for the year.

Earlier in the week, Nintendo said its projected worldwide financial performance for the year ending on March 31 will be the best in the company's history.

“Millions of players, both hardcore and brand-new, are already enjoying the unique entertainment provided by Wii, but demand for the system remains incredibly high,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America. “So our work is just beginning. We're dedicating ourselves to maximizing both manufacturing and distribution full bore throughout 2007, to make sure everyone who wants to experience the future of video gaming can do so just as soon as possible.”

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