Nintendo DS Tops 10 Million

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In a little over one year, the Nintendo DS has managed sales of over 10 million units worldwide. Nintendo announced today that it has sold 10 million units, including 4 million in North America and more than 5 million in Japan. The company sold about 3 million of the handheld systems to North American consumers in 2005. That’s on top of 1.2 million sold to North American consumers in 2004, following the system’s late November launch. Nintendo also said Tuesday that it sold 4.6 million of its other popular handheld gaming system, the Game Boy Advance, to North American consumers in 2005, a drop from 7.58 million in 2004.

Nintendo also reports U.S. sales of Mario Kart DS, released on Nov. 14 and featuring live, global Wi-Fi competition, has topped the 1 million mark in just seven weeks. And Nintendogs, made for Nintendo DS, has surpassed
sales of 1.5 million units since its U.S. launch in August. The Nintendo DS launch title Super Mario 64 DS has sold 1.3 million units in the United States alone.

“At a time when some sectors of the video game industry are softening,
Nintendo DS and the Game Boy Advance line remain shining stars because of
their fun experiences and innovative game play,” notes Reggie Fils-Aime,
Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “It’s
important to note that these strong figures represent Nintendo hand-held units
and games that consumers have purchased and are now enjoying at home or
wherever they like to play.”

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