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‘Nintendogs’ game flying off shelves

Nintendo said Thursday its new puppy training game "Nintendogs" sold 250,000 units in its first week, making it the hottest-selling title in the United States.
A screenshot from "Nintendogs."
A screenshot from "Nintendogs."Nintendo
/ Source: Reuters

Nintendo Co. Ltd. said Thursday its new puppy training game "Nintendogs" sold 250,000 units in its first week, making it the hottest-selling title in the United States.

Nintendo released the game, which allows players to choose, name and train their puppy, for its Nintendo DS handheld player Aug. 22.

The Nintendo DS, a dual-screen system, was released in November and had sold 1.97 million units in the United States as of July. Nintendo in mid-August cut the price of the DS by $20 to $129.99.

"Nearly 15 percent of all DS owners bought Nintendogs in just a week," said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales and marketing.

Fils-Aime said "Nintendogs," which lists for around $29.99, and the recent DS price cuts are helping to drive sales of its new handheld player.