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The 'Black Friday' craze is almost at an end, with the hectic shopping weekend finishing and 'cyber Monday' still to come. Nintendo will naturally have been hoping that its bundles and promotions will have boosted sales; the good news is that its deals seem to have had a bit of impact.

In a press update issued earlier this weekend - thanks to all that have pointed us to it - Target spoke of sales success over the initial period of the discount bonanza. So far so typical of a press release, but the Wii U was highlighted not only as a top seller, but the top-seller on its website in the early-access Black Friday sales. The following was said:

Gaming consoles were popular in stores and online, including Nintendo Wii U, which was the top selling item on

The distinction here is in the Wii U leading on the website, of course, though we'd anticipate that some of that success will have translated into in-store sales too. It's impressive going for the Wii U to be leading in any sector of game console sales via any retailer, frankly, and is a reward for Nintendo's bundles and giving Target tempting prices to pitch to customers. The following bundles were the big deals:

  • Wii U 32GB Console With Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land - $249.99
  • Smash Splat Special Edition Wii U (Splatoon + Smash Bros. installed) - $249.99

Though the base price of the Wii U has been a concern in recent months, a combination of the discount price and the bundled games have clearly done the trick, and we'd anticipate that the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Splatoon bundle was particularly popular.

Some happy news for Nintendo of America; a bargain and top games sure go a long way.