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NPD reaction: DSi launch sets new April hardware record

Nintendo pleased with "continued strong consumer preference for quality and value"

Nintendo's DS sales in April set a new hardware record for the US, as the launch of the DSi prompted consumers to snap up 827,000 of the new consoles. That combined with 215,000 DS Lite sales to total 1.04 million units, taking the lifetime total in the country to over 30 million.

Meanwhile the Wii, which sold over 340,000 units, it's on the verge of breaking the 20 million unit mark, while the company also dominated the top four software sales chart.

"Nintendo systems and software represented 56 per cent of the industry total shares in April, indicating continued strong consumer preference for quality and value," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive VP of sales & marketing.

"Looking ahead, we are excited to introduce active-play games like Punch-Out!! and Wii Sports Resort into the market," she added.

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