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On December 12, 2006, sales data analysis firm Chart-Track and Nintendo confirmed with several press outlets in the United Kingdom that the Wii had become the fastest selling video game console in the region's recorded history, selling 105,000 consoles in its opening weekend, trumping the previous record holder, Xbox 360, which posted sales numbers of 70,000 units.
In the United Kingdom, gamers lined up at the midnight launch of the console at Game and HMV.
Queues from both retail stores stretched into back alleyways and side streets.
Game even provided them with slices of pizza and Wii branded umbrellas.
The Wii launch was the release of Nintendo's seventh generation video game console.
This successor to the Nintendo Game Cube was released in most territories in November and December 2006.
The next day, Nintendo branded the information as a "misstatement about the number of Wii consoles that will be available in the Americas during the launch rollout," and reiterated earlier statements of expected shipments of 4 million consoles worldwide by the end of 2006 with the largest allotment available in the Americas.
The company affirmed that they "are working to ensure a plentiful supply and a consistent flow." On December 26, 2006, Nintendo announced that they would release its console in South Korea by the end of 2007.
* Wii Sports comes packaged with the console in all regions except Japan and South Korea.
† USD equivalent with local VAT, GST or sales tax removed for ease of comparison with territories that do not include taxes in consumer prices ‡ Retail price as estimated by, rather than suggested by, Nintendo § Prices might be significantly lower on the informal market On November 14, 2006, it was confirmed that 21 titles would be available on launch day in North America and South America, with another 12 games being released in the 2006 launch window. On November 28, 2006, Nintendo reported that it had sold over 600,000 consoles in the first eight days of launch in the Americas.
Including the sales of accessories and games, Nintendo's Wii-related revenue had hit 0 million in its first week.
It was the third (after the Xbox 360 and Play Station 3) seventh generation console to be released in Japan and North America, but was second in Europe, being released before the Play Station 3.
Nintendo of Canada vice president and general manager Ron Bertram stated that the company expected to have one million consoles available in North America at launch, as reported by IGN on September 25, 2006.
HMV, meanwhile, handed out goodie bags containing Wii-branded T-shirts and The Legend of Zelda posters.