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Nintendo Wii Reaches 6 Million Units In UK

Nintendo's Wii has sold six million units in the UK since it launched there in December 2006 -- making it the fastest-selling game console in that region's history, even as sales slow somewhat.
Nintendo's Wii has sold six million units in the UK since it launched there three years ago -- making it the fastest-selling console in that region's history. Data from GfK-ChartTrack shows the Wii hit its milestone in the 48th week of the year, and that the mid-November launch of the black Wii gave sales their most recent push. "Wii launched in December, 2006 and sold 185,000 in just a few weeks," said GfK-ChartTrack director Dorian Bloch, according to UK trade site MCV. "In calendar year 2007, it sold 1.81 million – but really took off in 2008, with 2.73 million sold. In its third year, Wii unit sales in the UK show some signs of slowing: "So far in 2009, it’s hit 1.31 million – but it’s got a few weeks to build on that before Christmas," adds Bloch. Although these recent figures make Wii the fastest-selling console of all time, it's still got a great deal more units to move before it catches up with the best-selling console: Sony's PlayStation 2 has sold 10 million units in the UK to date.

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