Nintendo Sees Demand for Wii, DS Holding Up, Bucking Recession

Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata expects demand for Wii and DS game players to hold up this year after sales during the Black Friday shopping week increased more than the company had anticipated.

"I see no negative signs so far," Iwata, 49, said in an interview yesterday in Kyoto, Japan, where Nintendo is based. "Until the end of this calendar year, sales will be in line with our expectations."

U.S. sales of the Wii in the week ended Nov. 29 doubled to about 800,000 consoles, Iwata said. The number of portable DS players sold rose 20 percent to around 800,000, he said.

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