Sony, Nintendo flaunt Thanksgiving sales

But Microsoft keeps quiet about numbers.

Nintendo and Sony are pleased as punch with Thanksgiving-week US sales for DS, Wii and PlayStation 3, while Microsoft has issued no figures despite claims of success.

Between 22nd November and 28th November, 550,000 Wiis were sold in North America. Those numbers may not be as impressive as last year's 800,000, but are still over and above what Nintendo managed to shift during the entire month of October.

Meanwhile, the DS shifted over one million units in the US last week, surpassing the GBA record set during Thanksgiving 2002. That means Nintendo sold roughly 150 handhelds every minute or 2.5 units every second or sodding loads basically.

Elsewhere (actually, probably in the same places), Sony sold 440,000 PlayStation 3s. "In today's economy, consumers are drawn to items that offer the most value for their money, making the PS3 an ideal choice for those who want a comprehensive gaming and entertainment system all in one package," said corporate megaphone Patrick Seybold, who reckons "this holiday season is going to be defined by PlayStation". Move over, Jesus!

Elsewhere elsewhere, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg tweeted that Thanksgiving-week sales were the "biggest" of the year, and more than "2x" the previous week's. And that's all we've heard from the Xbox 360 maker so far.

Both Nintendo and Sony have reduced the price of their flagship consoles in recent months - the Wii dropped by $50 in October to $199 and Sony launched the PS3 Slim at $299.

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