Wii sold estimated 372,000 units at launch in Japan

Sales of Nintendo Co.'s Wii video game console hit 372,000 units over its first two days on the market, according to figures from Enterbrain Inc.

Enterbrain publishes Tokyo-based gaming magazine Famitsu, and its figures are generally regarded in the gaming industry as reliable.

The Wii systems went on sale on Saturday and quickly sold out. That means, if Enterbrain's figures are correct, Nintendo distributed just somewhat fewer than the 400,000 consoles it had estimated would be available for the launch.

The top-selling software title was Wii Sports, which sold 176,880 units, according to Enterbrain. Just behind it was First Wii, with sales of 171,888 units. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess ranked third, with sales of 145,068 units.

The sales are well above those of the PlayStation 3 on its launch weekend, although that isn't an indication of the relative popularity. Both consoles sold out, and PlayStation 3 sales were lower, at around 88,400, because of tighter supply from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Stocks of the Wii units have been replenished at some stores but have quickly sold out again. On Tuesday afternoon a line grew outside an electronics retailer in central Tokyo as staff sold Wii consoles straight from packing boxes to shoppers. The entire consignment was quickly snapped up, and the "sold-out" signs went back up.

Wii systems go on sale in Australia on Thursday and across Europe on Friday.

Copyright © 2006 IDG Communications, Inc.

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