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Nintendo's DS Line Out-Sells Competition in Mid-October

Posted by Trevor Chan

Gotta buy 'em all!

Japanese shoppers are still snapping up Nintendo's portable hardware more than any other range of systems as sales figures for the week ending 17th October shows the various DS models are top of the pile.

Although Sony's PSP sold the most on an individual basis with 37,127 units, a total of 47,101 units of the Nintendo DS and all its variants were shifted during that week. The PS3 was the highest-selling home console with 22,201 systems sold, compared to the 12,810 units that Wii managed to move.

Although the combined DS sales were a slight drop from the previous week where it managed to shift 50,038 units, the mid-October sales figures suggests gamers in the East must be spending a fair bit of time playing Nintendo handheld games. Could the fastest-selling game in Japanese history have anything to do with it?

Pokémon Black & White sold a staggering 2.6 million copies in just two days after launch, and are still going strong almost a month after release. The games shifted 168,541 copies last week, making them the top-selling titles across all platforms. Second spot went to Kirby's Epic Yarn for the Wii, which sold 92,280 in comparison.

Here's the full hardware sales figures for last week:

PSP - 37,127
PS3 - 22,201
DSi LL - 21,084
DSi - 20,749
Wii - 12,810
DS Lite - 5,268
Xbox 360 - 2,342
PS2 - 1,715
PSP Go - 1,590


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User Comments (14)



slatters said:

That's not bad at all to say the successor is just around the corner. Surely support for this machine will have to continue for at least a couple more years after the 3DS release?

What I actually find more interesting is the PS2 sales figures. You have to hand it to Sony, it's an fantastic immoprtal machine. There's still a few releases penned for the US and UK too!



NintyMan said:

That's very good for a handheld that's about to be succeeded in a few months. Pokemon must have played a big part in it though.



pixelman said:

Darn it. I just had a dream that my bro found an XL for $10 in the bargain bin. Then I woke up and now I'm sad.



SuperMarioFan96 said:

iirc, the week Pokemon came out, JUST the DSi, as well as JUST the DSi LL (XL) outsold the PSP total. I believe Pokemon is almost at if not already past 4 million sold.



Peznaze said:

That's amazing. Even though they only sold 8384 more units than Sony's combined numbers, it's shocking that they're buying DS at all with the 3DS just four months away over there. I guess the DS line of handhelds are truly little Pocket Monsters. heh. (Either that, or it's true that nobody realizes the 3DS exists.)



mjc0961 said:

"PSP Go - 1,590"

Ha. A shame though, the Go does have some decent features. Too bad they didn't just put the ****ing UMD drive in it!



danschemen said:

i think what they are doing with the psp go is what they should of done in the first place.



JimLad said:

The question is, will the DS manage to surpass the PS2 in total sales before it's active life cycle ends? And then can it hold it off until they both stop selling completely?



LuWiiGi said:

Wow. I wish I lived in Japan. They don't seem so mad about the XBOX 360 over there.

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