INTERVIEW-Nintendo President says sales of Wii, DS strong

KYOTO, Japan, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Nintendo Co Ltd 7974.OS said it has not felt any particular impact from the economic slowdown, with sales of its Wii video game console and DS handheld game player still strong.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told Reuters in an interview that Wii sales during the Thanksgiving holiday week came to about 800,000 units in the United States, more than double the 350,000 units it sold in the same period a year earlier.

“When the economy is strong, people tend to buy three things from the top of their wish list. But when things are bad, people often buy only the first thing on their list,” Iwata said. “Fortunately for us a lot of shoppers put our products at the top of their list.”

Iwata said sales of its DS handheld were up about 20 percent during the Thanksgiving holiday week in the U.S. compared with a year earlier.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka)

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