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Japan to get 400,000 Wii units
Model showing off Nintendo's Wii console
Japanese gamers will get more Wiis than PlayStations
Nintendo will offer four times as many machines as Sony when it launches its Wii console in Japan on 2 December.

The Japanese video game maker said it will ship almost 400,000 units of its Wii console, compared to 100,000 for Sony's PlayStation 3.

However Nintendo has not said how many consoles it will make available in the US where the Wii debuts on 19 November.

The launch of the Wii will see the big games makers Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo going head to head.

The Wii, the Xbox 360 and the PS3 will compete for attention on the shelves this Christmas.

Delays for PS3

The launch of the PlayStation 3 was dogged by delays and a glitch which meant that some older games were not playable on the new console.

The fact that only 100,000 consoles were made available on launch day left many Japanese gamers disappointed.

It was originally supposed to go on sale in early 2006 but production problems and shortages of key components forced a delay.

The European launch of the console has been pushed back to March 2007. Sony said 400,000 will be available for the US launch on 17 November.

Despite the shortages, it said it was confident of shipping six million PS3s by the end of March 2007.

Nintendo said it plans to ship 1.5 million units of its handheld game player, the DS, to Japan during December.

With the Wii console Nintendo is hoping to win fans among people who rarely or never play games. In a bid to make it easier to play, on-screen actions are performed using a motion-sensitive controller.

The Wii launches in Europe on 8 December.




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