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Wii consoles may not be selling at quite the knock-out rate they were during their peak, but according to the latest Nintendo press release it's still passing mighty milestones, with a third of all UK households owning the machine.

With government statistics putting the estimated number of UK households in the region of 26m, that means around 8.5m homes have a Wii sat under the TV.

The take-up rate for DS consoles is even higher, with an estimated 11m households containing at least one DS owner.

In the last financial year Nintendo sold 20.5m Wii consoles and 27.1m DS consoles around the world. It expects to sell 4m 3DS consoles within its first month on sale when it hits Japan in February 2011.