Resort, Fit Plus, NSMB sell 10m each

Iwata's prophecy is fulfilled.  

Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus and New Super Mario Bros. Wii have all sold over 10 million copies in just one financial year - exactly as Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata predicted in August 2009.

As of 31st December, Wii Sports Resort (released summer 2009) had sold 13.58m units, New Super Mario Bros. Wii (released November 2009) had sold 10.55m units and Wii Fit Plus (released October 2009) had sold 10.16m units.

Those magnificent numbers, coupled with a Wii price cut - sadly not evident in the UK - helped Nintendo shift over 17m consoles during the nine months beginning 1st April 2009.

Total software sales for Wii reached 156.65m units.

Nintendo's DS series - DSi, DS Lite, DSi LL - also fared well, shifting 23.35m units worldwide.

In Japan, new DS games dominated the charts. Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver sold 3.74m units, Pokemon Platinum sold 3.1m units and Tomodachi Collection sold 2.74m during those nine months.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (released December 2009) raced to an impressive 2.45m units worldwide.

So far, 121.38m games have been sold on DS during the financial 2009 year. That ends March 2010, remember.

Net income for Nintendo was ¥192.6bn (£1.3bn), down 10 per cent on the same period in fiscal 2008.

Europe made up a diminished 33.9 per cent of Nintendo's business during those nine months, while the US commanded 44.4 per cent.

"Nintendo continues to pursue "Gaming Population Expansion" based on the idea of putting smiles on many people's faces by offering brand new entertainment that anyone can enjoy, regardless of age, gender or gaming experience," the company said in a statement.

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