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A Wii Christmas: Console Finally Gets VOD; Pumps Up Amazon’s Holiday Sales

imageTwo news bits about the Nintendo Wii snuck out during yesterday’s Christmas Day lull: Nintendo announced that the Wii would finally be getting video downloads, and Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) said that the console topped its holiday best-seller list.

Nintendo teams with Dentsu for Wii video service: Nintendo has partnered with Japanese ad agency Dentsu to roll out a video distribution service on the Wii. Reuters says the service will offer both free (ad-supported) and subscription-based shows, though no specific series were named. NewTeeVee reports that the VOD feature, tentatively named the Wiinoma Channel, may not appeal to console owners that have become accustomed to broad show libraries: as it stands, the Wii won’t be used to access third-party content over the Web, just the clips that Nintendo approves.

There also weren’t any details about when the service would be available outside of Japan, though it’s in Nintendo’s best interest to scale it out globally at some point. The company has sold roughly 34.6 million Wiis worldwide, and just 7 million of those units were sold in Japan (per Gamespot) — compared to 13.4 million in the U.S. alone.

Wii fuels Amazon’s “best ever” holiday sales: What recession? Online shoppers helped Amazon rake in its best holiday sales season in 14 years — with nearly 73 items ordered per second on Dec 15, its peak day — per a company press release. Amazon called out the Wii specifically in terms of its holiday success, saying: “the Nintendo Wii dominated the top sellers in video games and hardware including the Wii console, the Wii remote controller and the Wii nunchuk controller.”

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