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Wii sells 600,000 units in first eight days

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Wii, Nintendo's newest console that was released Nov. 19 in the North and South America, has sold more than 600,000 units in its first eight days, according to Nintendo. One launch game, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, sold more than 454,000 units, representing more than 75 percent of console buyers.

Counting consoles, first-party software and accessory sales, Wii has made $190 million for Nintendo since its launch.

"Even with sales already in excess of 600,000 units, demand continues to exceed supply, as it's clear this is one of the ‘gotta-have' products for the holiday season," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "We've shipped retailers several times the amount of hardware the other company was able to deliver for its launch around the same time- and we still sold out. Given the inclusive nature of Wii gameplay, we're seeing this new form of video gaming is already a huge hit with gamers and newcomers alike. It continues to be a phenomenal launch."

Wii will become available in Japan on Saturday; in Australia, Switzerland and Italy on Dec. 7; Europe on Dec. 8 and in Spain on Dec. 9.

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  • Wii (Wikipedia article)