325k Wiis sold in two days

Written by Ryan Garside

December 14, 2006 | 10:05

Tags: #hand #sold #wide #wii #world

Companies: #europe

Nintendo will be able to celebrate over Christmas and New Year, as reports emerge that the console has completely sold out across Europe. Nintendo shifted 325,000 consoles in just two days according to Games Industry. It makes the Wii the fastest selling console in European history.

Nintendo is now promising to restock the shelves as soon as possible, so those who missed out on grabbing the console will not be too disappointed for long. Nintendo marketing director Laurent Fischer said:

"For those who were unable to buy Wii during the launch weekend, rest assured more stock is already on its way. We are doing everything possible to ensure that a steady supply of Wii units is shipped to stores across Europe throughout December and into 2007."

The biggest selling game was The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, with over 70 percent of all Wii owners picking up the game. The second most popular game was Wii Play – probably because it came bundled with that necessary second Wii mote. The Wii launch has seen similar successes worldwide and hasn’t been plagued by the problems that both Microsoft and Sony faced when launching their more powerful machines.

Sony has, however, hit back at the Wii. 1up is reporting that Dave Karraker, senior director of corporate communications at Sony, still believes the Playstation fans won’t settle for the Wii. He said:

"We feel very confident that the PlayStation fan is going to wait until they can get a PlayStation 3. If they do pick up a Wii, it's as more of a novelty."

One gamer Karraker won’t be getting his hands on is the lunatic Wii fan pictured to the right. Responding to all of the flying Wii motes and snapped control straps this man has substituted his own strap for a police style handcuff. Kind of kinky, in a geeky sort of way. Fortunately, because it’s not a real handcuff (he bought it from an adult store) if he loses the key there is a safety release button.

Would you buy a Wiimote with handcuffs? Let us know in the forums.
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