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Nintendo News: Wii Wins Again

According to independent sales data released by the NPD Group, the Wii(TM)from
Nintendo was America's best-selling video game console in the U.S. again in
February, with consumers snapping up virtually every system available in
America totaling more than 335,000 units. Only one game system sold more in
February, the portable Nintendo DS(TM), with sell-through of 485,000 units.
Together, Nintendo systems represented 54 percent of all hardware sales in
February, more than those of all other manufacturers combined. "We're
gratified that the explosive appeal of Wii, in terms of both new players and
new ways to play, has created unprecedented demand, substantially beyond
supply," says Reggie Fils-Aime, president, Nintendo of America. "But we also
understand that there are hundreds of thousands of consumers still waiting to
get their hands on the system so we continue to both ship more units to retail
every week and work non-stop to build capacity." Reports from households
across the country indicate that Wii has become the centerpiece for weekend
parties, a new method for improving athletic technique and losing weight, and a
landmark product for generatingcross-generational fun. The strength of Wii
and Nintendo DS was also apparent in monthly software sales where three of the
top four best-selling games for the month (Wii Play(TM) and The Legend of
Zelda(R): Twilight Princess for Wii, and Diddy Kong(R) Racing DS for Nintendo
DS) play exclusively on Nintendo systems. In addition, so far this year 10 of
the top 20 best-selling games are exclusive for Nintendo hardware.

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