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Nintendo has now sold more than 5m Wii consoles in its home territory, reaching that point six weeks sooner than Sony's PS2 took, but not as quickly as Nintendo's own DS handheld.

The DS passed 5m mark in 56 weeks. The Wii took 60 weeks and the PS2 66 weeks. From the Wii's launch on 2 December 2006 to 20 January 2008, 5,019,337 units have been sold, according to local market watcher Enterbrain by way of its Japanese-language website Famitsu.com.

It's not known yet how many PS3s have been purchased in Japan to date, but it's likely to be a long way off. The Xbox 360 will be even further away from passing the 5m mark.

Japanese Console Sales

Japanese console sales

Source: Media Create

Weekly sales totals over the Christmas and New Year period show how dramatically Nintendo's consoles out-sold their rivals.

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