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Wii hits one million sales milestone 11 weeks faster than PlayStation 2

There’s really no argument from any side of the console war that Nintendo is selling boatloads of Wii consoles in any and every territory where it is available. The fine chaps in Britain appear to be taking to it particularly well, however, as the Wii is now officially the fastest-selling games console in the UK.

Citing independent tracking company Chart Track, the Telegraph reports that the Wii has sold more than one million units just 38 weeks after going on sale, 11 weeks faster than the PlayStation 2 took to reach this target, and 22 weeks faster than the Xbox 360.

“The non-stop demand for Wii, even in the traditionally slow sales period for video games in the UK, is clearly behind this record-breaking achievement,” said David Yarnton, general manager of Nintendo UK. “With the increasing number of unique software titles for the system from Nintendo and third parties, [the Wii] is being enjoyed by both avid and new gamers of all ages.”

The stellar performance of the Wii is also mirrored in other parts of the world. In the U.S., the Wii consistently tops the console hardware sales charts. The latest numbers from NPD Group place Nintendo at the top by selling 425,000 units in July – more than double that of the Xbox 360 or PS3.

The Wii is also well accepted in Japan, where it outsells the PS3 by a margin of 6-to-1 in June, helping Nintendo overtake Sony in market value. In fact, Nintendo’s recent success has put it ahead of both NTT and Honda, making it the fifth largest company in Japan.





"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan



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