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Reaches milestone more quickly than any other console has

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You can question the platform's longevity, but there's no doubting the Nintendo Wii is a sales success. Especially now market data shows it to be the UK's fastest-selling console.

During the week ending 28 November 2009 - week 48 - total local Wii sales surpassed 6m units, market watcher Gfk-ChartTrack has revealed. That milestone was reached in just under three years.

The Wii went on sale over here on 8 December 2006. Some 105,000 units were sold in the first weekend, with pre-Christmas numbers quickly reaching 185,000. During 2007, some 1.81m of the consoles were purchased, followed by 2.73m in 2008, GfK said.

This year's tally is 1.31m units. Christmas isn't yet passed, so there's room to growth that number further, though Nintendo will have to sell a lot if 2009 is to beat 2008's total.

Has the Wii's popularity peaked? Or is this just a brief, recession-induced dip? We shall see. ®

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