After announcing that 50,000 Wii consoles sold within the first 12 hours of its UK launch, Nintendo Europe has claimed that a total 325,000 units were sold in Europe as a whole in the first two days on sale. According to Nintendo, these figures make the Wii the fastest-selling in home console history.

Demand for the Wii has been so great that shops throughout Europe had large queues forming outside for days in advance of the console’s release and hundreds of shops opened their doors at midnight on launch day to sell to avid gamers. After just one weekend on sale, shops across Europe sold out of Wii consoles and anxious gamers are still awaiting stock to be replenished. In the UK most major retailers are still waiting for stock to fulfil their pre-orders.

"Wii has become an overnight success in Europe with people of all ages rushing out to get their hands on the console. Even at this early stage it is clear that Wii is delivering on its promise to expand the gaming market, with a uniquely diverse audience all keen to experience the sensation for themselves," said Laurent Fischer, marketing director for Nintendo Europe.

"For those who were unable to buy Wii during the launch weekend, rest assured more stock is already on its way and we are doing everything possible to ensure that a steady supply of Wii units is shipped to stores across Europe throughout December and into 2007,” he added.

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