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The New York Times
By Eric A. Taub
December 30, 2007
Nintendo, the maker of the Wii video game machine, does not have just one hit product on its hands. Rather, it has two.
While shoppers are still lining up before stores open to buy Nintendo's Wii, its older portable sibling, the Nintendo DS, is the best-selling game machine in the United States. The hand-held DS outsold the Wii in November 1.53 million units to 981,000, according to sales figures compiled by NPD Group.
The DS, a 3-year-old $130 unit, has been handily outselling its chief rival, Sony's $170 PSP handheld game device, as well as the newer and more expensive consoles, like Microsoft's Xbox 360, selling for $350, and Sony's PlayStation 3, which starts at $400.
Nintendo expects to finish the year having sold more than 6 million DS consoles, with a total of 15.2 million sold since they were introduced in November 2004. The best-selling game console this year, the Wii, has sold more than 5 million units this year, David Riley of NPD said.
Sony has sold 9.5 million PSP units in the United States since its introduction in March 2005.