Nintendo says sales still strong

Nintendo said it has not felt any particular impact from the economic slowdown, with sales of its Wii video game console and DS handheld game player still strong.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Reuters in an interview that Wii sales during the Thanksgiving holiday week came to about 800,000 units in the US, more than double the 350,000 units it sold in the same period a year earlier.

"When the economy is strong, people tend to buy three things from the top of their wish list. But when things are bad, people often buy only the first thing on their list," Iwata said. "Fortunately for us a lot of shoppers put our products at the top of their list."

Iwata said sales of its DS handheld were up about 20 per cent during the Thanksgiving holiday week in the US compared with a year earlier.

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