Nintendo rounds off 2010 by maintaining leading console sales

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The latest figures released by the NPD Group, who track video game industry sales across the United States, has revealed that Nintendo was able to round off an already successful 2010 by beating its competitors to remain to have the two top-selling video game systems for the year.

Consumers purchased more than 8.5 million systems from the Nintendo DS family, as well as the Wii selling over 7 million consoles. Within December alone, 2.5 million Nintendo DS systems and over 2.3 million Wii systems were sold, as the total lifetime sales figures for each console within the US rose to over 47 million and 34 million respectively.

Such a strong momentum is sure to be even further cemented with the arrival of the new Nintendo 3DS, due to launch across the US in March, with further information regarding the system due to be announced on January 19th.

“Nintendo has sold more game systems than anyone else for five years running,” commented Charlie Scibetta, Senior Director of Corporate Communications for Nintendo of America. “Of the quarter billion hardware systems sold in the United States during the past 10 years, Nintendo sold more than half. We look forward to bringing fun new experiences to consumers when Nintendo 3DS launches in March.”

Further to this, three of the top five best-selling games for December were exclusive for Nintendo systems. Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2 topped the list at No. 1, with Donkey Kong Country Returns from Nintendo at No. 3 and Disney Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios at No. 4.

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