Nintendo Sells 100 Million DS Handhelds Globally

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News Posted: Fri, Mar 13 2009 10:43 AM

It's tough to fathom that it was 2004 when we were drooling over Nintendo's cutest, if not a touch bulky, handheld ever: the DS. Originally hailed for its groundbreaking usage of dual screens (one of which was touch-friendly), the system was a runaway hit from day one. Here we are, nearly five years later, listening to Nintendo gloat about an astonishing sales figure.

On March 6, 2009, Nintendo shipped its 100 millionth Nintendo DS system, which includes the original DS, DS Lite and the DSi, which is out in Japan and coming soon to American shores. It took a grand total of four years and three months for global sales of the DS handheld to top 100 million, which is a milestone reached at the "quickest pace for any video game console." Impressive, no?



Nintendo was quoted as saying that it was "hoping to be accepted and loved by everyone by delivering novel entertainment and surprises so that there will be not only a Nintendo for every household but a Nintendo for every person." A bold hope, but one that doesn't seem too outrageous given the stupendous popularity of both the DS and the Wii. Funny enough, many wondered if Nintendo would ever catch back on fire after the N64 and GameCube -- look who's laughing now, right?



If you're looking for a little perspective here, it took 11 years and 2 months for the GameBoy to move 100 million units, and we all know how well loved that little machine was. Oh, and as for the main competition? Sony's PlayStation Portable (PSP) has sold just 50 million as of last month, so clearly it has aways to go if it ever plans on reaching or lapping the DS.





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One thing I don't like for the DS is the lack of good and new games in NZ. They always seem to have the same games in stock. I also hate the lack of inbuilt internet browsing, as you have to purchase a $70NZ game card for it. The DSi looks like a good improvement, but it'll cost alsot more than the Lite and Original DS.

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Mar 15 2009 12:03 AM

>> the lack of good and new games in NZ

Once you have Animal Crossing, what more games do you need?!?! (ducking... running...)

My whole family, except me, owns DSs... so I find the 100M number easy to believe.

I prefer my PSP, but just because it's more hackable: Of course I mostly only use to play emulators for... my old... Nintendo... games... Heyyyyy, wait a second....

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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tanka12345 replied on Sun, Mar 15 2009 12:43 AM

I don't own animal crossing but my friend does and he says its awesome! For some reason in stores there's always brand name games like Barbie which everyone knows are not worth playing.

Most of my friends have a DS except the odd ones with PSPs (Your face after using a PSP: Devil) Stick out tongue

Have you got Mario Kart (I mean your family)? You should steal a DS off one of them.

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SuperRob replied on Sun, Mar 15 2009 1:38 AM

Well, that just goes to show you how good Nintendo really is. Although, they have not really come out with any real good games for the DS lately. They are starting to produce games mostly aimed at casual gamers. That's the main reason that most true gamers hate Nintendo now. As for PSP, I knew that it would do poorly. The price for the actual PSP itself is a complete rip off as well as the price for it's games and movies. They should really start looking to Nintendo for advice. Wink

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