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Japanese Wii sales hit 7 million

Milestone reached, but hardware growth in the region appears to be slowing

Enterbrain, publisher of Japanese specialist magazine Famitsu, has revealed that the Wii has sold 7 million units in the region since its launch through to November 23.

However, sales of the console seem to be in decline, as reported by Kotaku. Since its launch in December 2006, the Wii hit 5 million sales in January this year, then 6 million in May but only reached 7 million in the six month period that followed.

Demand for the console in the US this Christmas is expected to be as strong as ever with GameStop predicting stock shortages for the third consecutive holiday period.

Nintendo recently launched a new iteration of its handheld device in Japan, the DSi, in order to boost flagging sales of its market-leading DS Lite in the region.

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