Nintendo's new Game Boy Advance which only went on sale on June 11th in America, has already sold a record 500,000 units, making it a virtual sellout.

This feat has also made the GBA America's fastest selling game system ever - Nintendo are reported to have shipped another 100,000 machines to suppliers over the weekend alone, and expect the amount to reach the dizzying heights of 1 million units with gamers by the end of the month.

"We knew demand was going to be strong - but this is a record-setting response," says Peter Main, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America. "The good news is that we are able to ship approximately another 500,000 units by end of June with further product to become available through July and August."

In comparison to the half a million that the GBA has sold in one week, it took Nintendo's N64 four weeks to sell as many units back at it's launch in 1196.

The European launch of the Game Boy Advance happens on June 22nd, but rising prices tagged on to the machines by many high street stores may be seen as a bad start for the machine.

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