NPD reports Nintendo's Wii tops Canadian sales charts


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    Wii surpasses all other next generation consoles in lifetime sales
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    VANCOUVER, April 17 /CNW/ - Nintendo's Wii(TM) console has reached
another milestone by becoming the top selling next generation home console
video game system in Canada. According to the latest data from independent
market research firm The NPD Group, Inc, total life to date sales of the Wii
console in Canada have now surpassed the previous home console system leader
with lifetime sales of 813,000 units. The Wii console launched in November
2006.
    "Since launch, the Wii console has consistently been a top seller in the
Canadian market," said Darrel Ryce, Director for The NPD Group, Inc.
"Seventeen months after the launch of the system and it still remains one of
the hottest items at retail, selling out almost as quickly as it hits retail
shelves".

    Additional Canadian sales figures, according to NPD, include:-   The Wii console was the number one selling home console system for
        13 of the past 17 months
    -   Since the launch of the Wii console, Nintendo's Wii Play(TM) has
        become the number one selling title in the market, while Super Mario
        Galaxy(TM) lands in the number three position across all platforms
    -   Super Smash Bros.(R) Brawl, launched in March 2008, sold nearly
        200,000 units in that month alone and is the number one selling title
        in 2008
    -   Despite the unprecedented demand for Wii consoles, Nintendo DS(TM)
        continues to be the number one selling video game system in Canada
        (2006/2007)Nintendo's momentum in the Canadian market is expected to continue with
the upcoming launches of two highly anticipated games, Mario Kart(R) Wii and
Wii Fit(TM). Launching April 27, Mario Kart Wii is a high-speed game, which
allows up to four players to race simultaneously as their favourite characters
from the Mario franchise, or up to twelve players remotely, thanks to the
game's online capabilities. Mario Kart Wii also comes with a wireless Wii
Wheel(TM) accessory and features new and classic tracks as well as
never-before-seen motorbikes for special tricks and racing techniques.
    Wii Fit, available in stores on May 21, offers players a unique
experience by incorporating the Wii Balance Board(TM) accessory and
challenging physical movements in 40+ different activities including yoga,
aerobics, strength training and balance exercises. Wii Fit helps set fitness
goals, track progress and work with a virtual trainer to do activities and
exercises every day. Wii Fit and the innovative Wii Balance Board accessory
will be bundled and sold together at a suggested retail price of
$89.95 Canadian dollars.

    About Nintendo: The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive
entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets
hardware and software for its Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance
and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly
2.5 billion video games and more than 430 million hardware units globally, and
has created industry icons like Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R),
Zelda(TM) and Pokémon(R). A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc.,
based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in
the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, visit the
company's Web site at www.nintendo.ca.




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