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Wii wins in Japan
Japanese game site eg has posted up sales numbers for the Japanese Wii launch, which took place last Saturday, December 2. The numbers actually cover the launch day as well as Sunday, December 3 - a whole weekend of Wii. Over the two days, 350,358 consoles were sold, with the biggest-selling game being Wii Sports (which isn't packed in the box in Japan.) Wii Play, which comes out in January here, was number two, with Twilight Princess in third place. All told, 631,480 games were sold for a ratio of 1.8 games to every console sold (decimating the PS3 launch, during which sales of one game per console was a "maybe").
It goes without saying that the Wii is just as sold out in Japan as it is here. Next stop, Europe: the Wii comes out there Friday, December 8.
Yesterday, we pointed you toward some hilarious pics of the Japanese Wii's safety manual. Today, some enterprising graphic designer has cooked up "The Missing Pages" and posted them on Flickr. The images range from "don't propose to your Wii" to "don't feed your Wii after midnight." We can't decide which one is the best... so why don't you do it?
Find your way
One of the best games on Wii's Virtual Console service is the original The Legend of Zelda. Have you downloaded it? If you're looking for help getting through the game, The Wii Experience has posted an incredibly helpful interactive map of the game's overworld that shows the position of enemies, the location of secrets and other good stuff. Head to the site and check it out.
The way it was meant to be played
Want to play SNES and NES games the way they were meant to be played - with the original controllers? Yeah, Nintendo's Classic Controller is cool, but it lacks that authentic feel. Well, if you want the real deal, head over to Retrozone and order the NES (or SNES) to GameCube controller adapters... and get your Virtual Console on in pure traditional style. Well, in January, anyway, when they're released. Word of warning: you have to supply your own controllers. EBay time!
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