Thanksgiving Wii sales hit 800,000

Turkeys only marginally more popular.

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has said around 800,000 Wii consoles were sold over the Thanksgiving weekend in the US.

That's an absolutely outrageous number, and more than double the 350,000 figure from last year.

"When the economy is strong, people tend to buy three things from the top of their wish list. But when things are bad, people often buy only the first thing on their list - fortunately for us a lot of shoppers put our products at the top of their list," Iwata told Reuters.

He went on to say DS sales were up by around 20 per cent - both of which should cement Nintendo at the top of the NPD pile for November. Those figures should be released very soon.

The upshot is many shops reporting to be out of Wii stock, a situation Nintendo had predicted but apparently not remedied.

These impressive figures follow word that the Nintendo Wii was the most searched for product on the whole of eBay on Black Friday, the nationwide shopping day that follows Thanksgiving.

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