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Wii & DS Give Nintendo Best Holiday Season 'Ever'
Hot console and handheld account for over half of all console sales.
By Jared Black 01/11/2007 20:27:34 PST

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

While Microsoft may've won the next-gen war during Holiday 2006, Nintendo countered that company's bragging by declaring that it had the best holiday season ever for a video game company.

Between the Nintendo DS and Wii, Nintendo sold more than half of all video game systems in November and December. The Nintendo DS was the best-selling platform of any kind, with 1.6 million units sold in December alone. Additionally, both New Super Mario Bros. and Brain Age were among the ten best-selling titles of the year.

On the Wii side of things, literally every single one of the over 1 million consoles shipped to retail were snatched up by consumers. Over 1.5 million extra controllers were also sold, although the company is most likely counting sales of the Nunchuk and Remote together (which is cheating just a bit...) given that 646.7k Remotes and 497.1k Nunchuks were sold in December according to the NPD.

Even more impressively, 86% of Wii buyers also purchased The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (which translates to 900,000+ copies), with sales approaching almost 1.5 million when combined with sales of the GameCube version. In all, the Wii achieved a tie ratio of about 3 games sold for every console.

"Millions of players, both hard-core and brand-new, are already enjoying the unique entertainment provided by Wii, but demand for the system remains incredibly high," says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "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."

For early 2007, the company plans to release several retail titles including WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Wii Play, and Mario Party 8. This is in addition to a variety of third-party titles, and of course weekly releases on the Virtual Console.

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