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Nintendo US sales up $300m in January

Company claims to offset the decline of other companies in another stellar month

Nintendo has said that its US sales grew by USD 300 million in January 2009 compared to the same month last year, outpacing the USD 150 million growth for the entire US market.

The company claims that it is offsetting the decline in sales of other companies, as it continues to attract new audiences and grow the videogame audience.

"Nintendo's significant contribution to January's industry growth validates our internal research showing that Nintendo continues to expand the gaming audience," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive VP of sales and marketing.

"We are excited to see that consumers, new and existing, are choosing to entertain themselves in new ways with the diversity of our software line-up."

For the month, NPD data shows that the US market grew 13 per cent, to USD 1.33 billion, with hardware growth outpacing software.

Nintendo had the top three best-selling videogames for the month, and shifted 676,200 Wii and 510,800 DS consoles.

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