DS and Wii shatter Euro records

Nintendo has ushered in the new decade by clinching two hardware sales records – the best ever selling machine in Europe and the fastest console to 20m sales.

The first record is claimed by the DS, which via its various guises (the DS, DS Lite and DSi) has now sold a total of 40m units in Europe – making it the best selling games console the region has ever seen.

In addition, the Wii’s race to 20m unit sales in just over three years makes it the fastest selling console to reach the milestone in the territory.

The platform holder has also released some other snippets of sales data. Recent release Wii Sports Resort, which is one of the first pieces of software to make use of the Motion Plus accessory, has now sold 5m copies in Europe since its arrival in July.

The Wii Fit series has now sold 9.6m units, meaning that nearly half of all owners of Nintendo’s console own either the first or second release in the franchise.

Finally, New Super Mario Bros Wii has passed 2.5m sales since its release in November.

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