NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nintendo sold more Wiiconsoles on Black Friday than ever before, thanks to deep discounts by the national chain Wal-Mart.
According to Nintendo's top U.S. executive, however, Wal-Mart lost money on the consoles it sold for less than $100. As part of its Black Friday promotions, the big-box retailer offered a limited edition blue Wii console for $99.96.
"Wal-Mart lost money on every Wii they sold. We did not lose money on it," Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said during the Reuters Global Media Summit on Tuesday.
He declined to comment on precisely how much the big-box retailer lost on the sold out consoles.
A Wal-Mart spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The news comes a day after Nintendo said it sold more than 500,000 Wii units on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States.
(Reporting by liana.baker; Editing by Peter Lauria and Carol Bishopric)
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