Nintendo expects 'healthy' holiday sales

Wii sales for December expected to top 3 million units in US

The house that Mario built is sturdier than ever

The house that Mario built is sturdier than ever

Official sales numbers reported by the NPD Group research firm aren't due 'til January 14 -- but Nintendo is pretty confident its holiday sales figures are healthy.

In a press release sent out this morning, Nintendo says that it expects Wii sales for December to top 3 million units. It also estimates that overall New Super Mario Bros. Wii sales since the game's launch in November will clock in near 4 million.

Nintendo seems a little less certain how its handheld systems did. The press release claims that the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo DSI together will "set a new all-time calendar-year U.S. sales record for any console or hand-held system."

We'll see how close Nintendo's estimations are when we get to the 14th.

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