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DS is Europe's best-selling console

Wii's a record breaker too, says Nintendo.

Nintendo has declared the DS is Europe's best-selling console, with more than 40 million units now owned by gamers across the continent.

It's taken the DS less than five years to reach that landmark, making it the fastest-selling piece of hardware too. But when it comes to home consoles (i.e. those you stick under the telly rather than handhelds), the Wii is the winner with 20 million machines shifted in just over three years.

The figures were estimated by a Nintendo Europe internal sales panel as of 31st December 2009. Must have been a happy new year.

Nintendo's software sales are also looking healthy - around five million copies of Wii Sports have been sold since the game launched in July, and 2.5 million New Super Mario Bros. discs were sold in just over a month. Plus, half of all European Wii owners also have either Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus.