Wii hits 3 million sales mark in Japan

Nintendo has sold its 3 millionth Wii console in Japan; dominates this week's sales charts.


The latest figures from Japanese industry tracker Media Create show that Nintendo has now sold three million Wiis in its home territory, a feat it achieved seven months down from the Wii's launch in Japan.

Figures for the week of July 9 to July 15 show that the Wii sold 109,854 units in Japan, securing second place on the national hardware sales chart behind its smaller brother the Nintendo DS Lite.

Japan's love for the DS remains steadfast more than three years after its launch, with Nintendo still moving 141,967 units over a weekly period (down from as high as 250,000 weekly). The DS outsold its nearest competitor--Sony's PlayStation Portable (PSP)--by a ratio of four to one, with the PSP selling 37,578 in the same week. To date, more than 18 million Nintendo DS units have been sold in Japan.

The healthy Nintendo hardware sales directly mirror the country's software sell rate, with all of the top 10 spots on the chart occupied by Wii or DS games. Dragon Quest Swords for the Wii moved 305,254 copies in its first week of sale, while The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass sold just short of 70,000 units during the same period.

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