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Nintendo nudges sales forecast upward

Higher Wii, DS demand than expected?

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Nintendo now reckons it will sell have sold rather more Wii and DS consoles during its recently closed financial year than it previously suggested, the videogames pioneer announced today.

The Japanese company isn't due to publish its results until 26 April, but today it said it expects to report full-year sales of ¥966bn ($8.1bn/£4.1bn), up from a previous forecast of ¥900bn ($7.6bn/£3.8bn).

Nintendo's announced comes two days after the company was shown to have topped the chart for sales of next-generation consoles in the US during February.

In the same week, Sony's rival machine, the PlayStation 3, saw UK sales fall 82 per cent in the second seven-day period after the console's launch here, according to local sales monitor ChartTrack.

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