DSi Has a Strong Opening Weekend
Just how many units did the DSi move its opening weekend?
It was announced earlier today by Nintendo's President and CEO Satoru Iwata and Senior Managing Director Shigeru Miyamoto , the DSi had a successful opening weekend overseas and moved over 600,000 units between North America and Europe combined. 300,000 units per territory is a pretty impressive number, especially for only two days of business. In the UK alone, the DSi sold 92,000 units in its opening weekend, making it the UK's fourth biggest selling console. Back in 2004, the original Nintendo DS sold 500,000 in its opening week in the US - could the DSi exceed that number in its first week? It is definitely a possibility.
It was also said that more DSi services were on the way which include museum maps, tour guides, a shopping mall coupon recorder, and school classrooms activities. These are some pretty interesting applications, though these seem like the types of things that would unlikely see a release outside of Japan.
If you have been hoping for a price cut on the DS Lite now that the DSi is out, get out your tissue box. Nintendo mentioned once again that there are no plans on cutting the price for the DS nor the Nintendo Wii despite the declining Wii sales in Japan. Iwata stated "If our products are not much different from competitors', price cuts would generate significant fresh demand. But video games are just not that kind of product."