Throughout 2007 the Nintendo DS and Wii have both seen strong hardware and software sales, as people of all ages across Europe embraced the pick up and play nature of the consoles and titles released.
The phenomenal interest in Wii, with its innovative Wii Remote and interactive titles, has lead to over 6 million consoles flying off the shelves in Europe since its launch in December 2006. The unprecedented popularity of the console has also seen four first party Wii titles; Wii Play, Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Party 8 and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, each sell in excess of over one million units across Europe and provide complete entertainment for the whole family.
At the same time, the handheld Nintendo DS console has proved a firm favourite with all generations with titles from Animal Crossing: Wild World to Big Brain Academy and Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl truly providing entertainment to millions of Nintendo DS owners throughout Europe! Sales of the console have now broken the 20 million barrier in Europe, and the popularity of Touch! Generations titles such as the Brain Training series and Nintendogs have paved the way to ensure gaming has been bought to a whole new audience regardless of age, gender of previous gaming ability.
The much loved Mario franchise continues to keep Europe entertained whether the player is an old Mario fan or a newcomer to the series. Mario Kart DS has seen 2 million copies race of the shelves of retailers across Europe and with titles such as New Super Mario Bros selling over 3 million copies to date and Super Mario Galaxy on Wii breaking the 1 million barrier within a few months of launch, Mario is as strong as ever!
The table below lists European sales figures as of the beginning of January 2008. These are sell-through figures based upon retail sales in each European country that are provided by independent research companies.
Nintendo Co., Ltd has also announced today their global consolidated shipment figures. This is the number of Wii and Nintendo DS hardware and software Nintendo has sold to its distributors and retail customers worldwide. *Please reference Nintendo's third quarter financial results announcement issued separately.
European Wii sales (sell-through estimate) figures at a glance as of beg Jan 2008:
Product Total European Cumulative Sales to date (Sell through
estimate as of beg Jan 2008)
Wii Over 6 million units
Wii Play 2.3 million units
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 1.3 million units
Mario Party 8 1 million units
Super Mario Galaxy 1.3 million units
European Nintendo DS sales (sell through estimate) figures at a glance as of beg Jan 2008:
Product Total European Cumulative Sales to date (Sell through estimate as of beg Jan 2008)
Nintendo DS 20 million units
Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? 5 million units
More Brain Training From Dr Kawashima: How Old Is Your Brain? 2.8 million units
Nintendogs 8 million units
2008 will continue to see innovative titles hit the shelves as Wii Fit arrives in Europe, and the Touch! Generations range expands with the addition of Professor Kageyama's Maths Training: The Hundred Cell Calculation Method on the Nintendo DS.
This year will also see Mario racing back onto Wii in Mario Kart Wii, which will be bundled with a new accessory - the Wii Wheel - allowing anyone to simply pick it up and start playing! In addition, fans will see him head into battle, along with other famous characters from Nintendo and third party titles, as Super Smash Bros. Brawl launches across Europe.
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