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Nintendo: Over 65.3 million Wii Remotes sold

In what is undoubtedly an attempt to steal the wind from Sony's sails on the PlayStation Move, Nintendo has revealed that it's sold more than 65.3 million Wii Remotes in the U.S. alone.

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Nintendo has sold an average of 46,000 Wii Remotes every day since the Wii's launch in November 2006, the company announced yesterday.

All told, Nintendo has sold 65.3 million Wii Remotes to consumers in the United States. About 30.41 million of those units were bundled with the Wii, while 12.92 million Wii Remotes came in the Wii Play bundle. Nintendo has sold 18.56 million individual white Wii Remotes and 2.44 million black versions of the controller. It has also sold 467,500 pink Wii Remotes and 465,200 blue Wii Remotes, the company reported.

Nintendo's announcement of Wii Remote sales is undoubtedly a response to Sony's recent announcement that it sold more than 1 million PlayStation Move controllers in North America and Latin America during its first 30 days of availability. The PlayStation Move provides the same functionality as the Wii Remote, allowing users to control onscreen action with movement.

But those companies aren't alone in the motion market. Microsoft's Kinect platform is scheduled to hit store shelves on November 4. Unlike the motion controller Sony and Nintendo employ, Microsoft's platform will allow gamers to control onscreen action with only the movement of their bodies.