Nintendo hardware and software performed very well during the Holiday season across all regions.
In a recent announcement by Nintendo, president Satoru Iwata presented sales data that showed Nintendo hardware and software performing very well during the month of December. While the official NPD numbers won't be released until January 14, Nintendo is pleased with the early sales numbers for December.
Nintendo estimates that Wii sales for December will surpass 3 million units sold, while they estimate that the DS and DSi set an all-time calendar year sales record. The software side is also estimated to have performed well, with the estimates putting New Super Mario Bros. Wii at four million copies sold in the month of December.
Nintendo has experienced success throughout the holiday season. In Japan, after experiencing a decline in Wii sales which Iwata classified as "not being healthy", Media Create confirmed that New Super Mario Bros. Wii dominated the sales charts for the last week of December, with over 2 million copies sold since its launch.
In November, Nintendo saw considerable success as well. The Wii's price cut drove sales up to 85% after experiencing a sales lag in the month of September due to the PlayStation 3's own price cut. Thanksgiving week sales also saw significant sales for both the Wii and DS, with the Wii selling 550,000 units and the DS selling over a million. The official NPD numbers for November put the Wii and DS selling over a million units, with New Super Mario Bros. Wii selling more than 2 million copies.
In Europe, both the Wii and DS have broken sales records. The DS has sold over 40 million units, making it the best-selling video game system in Europe. The Wii has become the fastest selling console as well, reaching 20 million units in just three years. In addition to its record-breaking sales numbers, Nintendo also released numbers for Wii Sports Resort. The MotionPlus-enhanced title has sold 5 million copies since its release in July, while the Wii Fit series has sold over 9 million copies.
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NINTENDO ANNOUNCES HEALTHY HOLIDAY SALES FIGURES
Jan. 5, 2010
As everyone looks ahead to the possibilities in store for 2010, Nintendo of America is looking to extend the glow of the holidays with some fresh December sales information. The following items were announced by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata in Japan:
"The millions of people who bought Nintendo hardware during the holidays can look forward to enjoying great games on those systems now and in the future," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for Nintendo DS, and Wii Fit Plus and New Super Mario Bros. Wii are all currently providing Nintendo fans with amazing experiences and fun adventures for the whole family."
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