DS claims game sales throne in Japan

Nintendo's handheld surpasses the PlayStation 2 as biggest software pusher in Japan; survey shows most gamers are looking forward to the DS redesign.

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The Nintendo DS was the top-selling gaming console of 2005 in Japan with over 4 million units being sold. But a game system without games is just a fancy paperweight, so it's no surprise that DS software flew off the shelves, too. A report in the latest issue of Famitsu, however, reveals that DS games sold so well, the handheld managed to knock off the once untouchable reigning champion of consoles.

Boosted by four of the top five selling titles in Japan, DS games outsold PlayStation 2 games during 2005. Over the previous two years, more than half of the games sold in Japan were for Sony's system. PS2 games accounted for 55.4 percent of game sales in 2003 and 57.1 percent in 2004. But the picture changed in 2005 as DS games accounted for 41.4 percent of game sales in the country, and the PS2's share fell to 36.2 percent.

The DS had three games that sold one million copies or more in Japan in 2005. The PlayStation 2, on the other hand, had only one title sell more than a million copies last year, Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts II.

The good news continues to roll for the DS, as the recently announced DS Lite redesign appears to have captured the public's interest in Japan. According to a survey taken by Famitsu.com, 63.4 percent of those polled are looking forward to the DS Lite, saying that they're impressed with the new look, and they've wanted a brightness control for the handheld. 8.8 percent aren't impressed with the redesign, because they're already satisfied with their current DS, or they think it's just an excuse to raise prices. 27.8 percent stayed neutral with their opinion, saying that they don't think the new model looks too different than before, and they'll need hands-on time to make a decision.

However, "looking forward to" and actually buying are two different things. When asked whether they'll actually buy a DS Lite, 29.3 percent of respondents said they will purchase the handheld, while 34.6 percent said they won't, and 36.1 percent said they aren't sure.

Discussion

116 comments
myamoto
myamoto

for that guy who talked about gamecom having a touch screen.... it did indeed have one... but it was used for solitare and lights-out... i had 2 of those and they both broke.... hmm.. cheap.... and yea the NDS touch screen is better then the game.com one... then dual screen is also innovating because it is new and had nvr been done b4.. it also is useful for example mariokarts map, M64 map.. madden and fifa overhead map... tiger woods having the people on the top screen and the bottom screen where u swing theclub... it can also be used as a big screen like mini games in M64. PSP does have a nice big screen.. but the refresh rate on it is not very good.. like in tony hawn just turn and see the video laggyness... it does have the capability to play music.. joy... but the memory cards are quite expensive and mp3 players and ipods do the same... and the UMD movies arn't selling to well so they are cutting down on the amount of movies that are released on it.. And people always talk about it sells better because of the price difference... well.. the reason that nintendos systems are cheeper then the others is because they don't put all the unneccesary dvd player music player and what ever else makes the others cost so much more.... and the PS2 dual shock controller is not the best one out... the controllers shape is not conformed to fit into your hands in the same way that a GC one is... and the GC buttons are tilted and shaped differently to make it easier to use... and when u try to play a FPS on the PS2 u have to reach awkwardly to use both joysticks at the same time... and when i play my thumbs hit each other.. when i move left and look right... I do own all 3 systems yet i don't play them.. i just play pc now... but i will pre order the revolution because i think that with the internet play on games like Mario Kart, smash brothers, mario party, mario sports games.. metroid. and all of nintendos other great game franchises the revolution will be awesome.

yoshi28
yoshi28

good the DS is gonna run everythin

komdosina
komdosina

You are as stupid as ever Paul-the great.

wesi_man
wesi_man

It could be because people are just waiting for PS3...but still NICE.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

nintendo rules. bye bye sony.

andresantos
andresantos

nintendo is going to the next level!!!!!

Taxonomy
Taxonomy

It just dosent make any sense people saying they have won oh my god comparing a Console to a handheld is stupid they should have compared the ps2 to the gc. I meann come on ps2 6 years wow ds like what not even 2 its hitting its stride just as gba did dosent mean that its king of the world grow up and stop acting like children

runstalker
runstalker

QUOTE: {This is proof. Take that Sony lovers! Nintendo is better than Sony. It also proves that with their innovation, Nintendo will win the Revolution-PS3-360 war.} Dude, Nintendo isn't going to be fighting the same war. You should know that by now.

Seraphim_24
Seraphim_24

The DS continues to beat the PSP which shows that the market definately prefers innovation over better graphics. Good, cause really I am starting to feel like everything I'm playing on cosoles is pretty much the same as everything that's precided it. The DS on the other hand has been providing some interesting software that has me quite captivated. The PSP, on the other hand had both my wife and I bored to tears so much so that we sold ours. The PSP simply will not win the handheld wars. I'd love to see sony get it's act together, but like GameGear before it phenominal cosmic power does not necissarily generate apps that are worth while. And there is a trade off for those graphics, rediculously long load times, and low refresh rates, and worst of all low batter life. I just don't think the PSP has what it takes to have indefinate stay power. Then again I had my doubts about the DS, and it's proven me wrong. I just hope Sony will, but this year so far, doesn't look much more promising than last year was.

dhfial1
dhfial1

This is proof. Take that Sony lovers! Nintendo is better than Sony. It also proves that with their innovation, Nintendo will win the Revolution-PS3-360 war.

phillycheez
phillycheez

I'm glad the DS is doing so well. What a lot of people fail to realize is that Nintendo contributed to a lot of gaming innovations that are prevailent in console games today. Some examples are: 1) The controller. Think back to the pre-NES days. Anyone else remember what the Atari game controller was like? It was like a keyboard and a giant joystick. Nintendo streamlined it and I think they made the best controller with the SNES controller. That was the controller that I probably put the most years of gaming into. Also notice how the original Playstation controller was basically an SNES controller knock-off, except it had little handles and 2 extra shoulder buttons. They knew it was a good design so they didn't bother changing the layout. (Though the PS2 Dual Shock is probably one of the best controllers now) 2) Analog movement. Mario 64 redefined platform gaming with the introduction of the analog stick. The controls were just flawless in that game and basically redefined how platform games were played afterwards. 3) The Rumble Pack. The rumble pack was first introduced with Starfox64, but it definitely shined with The Ocarina of Time. The rumble pack basically increased the level of immersion and let you feel what was happening to your character in game. All of the above are now standards in console gaming. I think Nintendo will stand the test of time since they're a company that keeps trying to evolve the industry. Hopefully the Revolution keeps up with the trend.

ewjim
ewjim

All i can say is... - ALL Japan's ARE CRAZY-people, voodoo-people!!! LOL.( almost :) ) I just don't believe that PS2 in last (2005) year don't have more great games then DS - IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Willo_10
Willo_10

DS, Woooooo, pity the beginning of 2006 is another dry spell, at least in PAL territories. But the redesign and the release of Metroid will hopefully change this.

Atmaboy
Atmaboy

That sounds promising for the future and if the GBA has taught us anything its that if Nintendo redisgns it, they will come.

rezrunner2
rezrunner2

Have you noticed how tough Nintendo products are? I think every nintendo product I bought still works, and after my second ps 2 died, I just left it be. It just goes to show the quality that nintendo instills in all its products.

LOLO_BOND
LOLO_BOND

nintendo had made a very good product yhat reserve the respect and the apreciation of it customers.. ds rocks

Momo02
Momo02

I Hope the DS Crushes all of the competiion

thatkidfromnj
thatkidfromnj

The redesign will not flop, now I'm no nintendo fanboy but I'm pretty sure the game boy advance sp didn't flop and neither did the gba micro.... Being in videogame retail for some time now I've seen people buy something they pretty much already owned over and over again with those past releases so I can't see why another redesign won't do well.

kboy23
kboy23

If nintendo can keep it up, they win

DarkSan00
DarkSan00

i have a DS but I'm a nintendo crazy (mostly zelda) so I'll buy the DS lite (please nintendo, make a twilight princess golden gamecube here in the US!) : D

Sil3n7Knight
Sil3n7Knight

Last time I heard, gimmicks are attention-grabbing gadgets that have nothing to do with the original purpose of the product. It's a bit sad that people consider the DS a gimmick considering that the PSP's main shining features are media capabilities that don't have anything to do with video games... I totally agree with rockstar on this one... If you really want to talk baout gimmicks lets talk about how fast the psp can make you a tuna sandwich... absolutly nothing to do with gaming :|

Dace67
Dace67

I think its fun for DS/Nintendo bashers to post, because I get a good laugh out of everytime they try to say something to the contrary of Nintendo's results. Well I hope the Rev does as well as the DS has done.

rockstar_88
rockstar_88

Last time I heard, gimmicks are attention-grabbing gadgets that have nothing to do with the original purpose of the product. It's a bit sad that people consider the DS a gimmick considering that the PSP's main shining features are media capabilities that don't have anything to do with video games...

shrum91
shrum91

the nintendo bashers posting here need to go cry to mommy about it..

Petri87
Petri87

kamtong1 I think the redesign will flop Posted Feb 10, 2006 9:38 pm PT Since when has a GBA redesing floped? Never and this DS redesing wont eather

Keibo
Keibo

I really think that the sales of the DS will most possibly translate to the sales of the Rev. and it will be really likely that the rev will have really good 3rd party support just as the DS has... I just really hope that the Big N will be successful in the next gen war :D

Game13a13y
Game13a13y

i think nintendo has become more and more acquintance of what the consumers want nowadays, and thats why they are starting to succeed. PS 2 is just a crap console, but sony knows how to market it while nintendo is still sticking with their tranditional way, or other fanboys call it the "kiddy image" but nintendo is starting to change, and it has brought success to them, keep it up big N!

Tzap
Tzap

Despite the PS2 being 6 years old, this is big news for Nintendo, PS2 has been on top for just about.... all of 6 years since released. At any rate, even though Nintendo has been destroyed in the concole races as of late (and the same will probably happen with the release of the Nintendo Revo), i hope they will be able to maintain their huge profit margin in the handheld department as they have been doing.... If they lose the handheld market, they might just end up like Sega.

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

Looking at those percentages, it seems to me that sales of PSP games are skewing those results. Like, if you were to combine PSP games and PS2 games sales I think you'd getter a better idea of exactly how well Sony may be doing. On the other hand, unlike the corporations who make the consoles, the consumers who buy the games only have a limited disposable income. So it's possible that people who buy PSP (or DS) games have less money to spend on the PS2 stuff. I know for myself that every DS game I buy is one less PC or PS2 game that I can buy.

southy787
southy787

Innovation? two screens and touch screen gaming is hardly innovation, I mean the game.com had touch screen in 1997! The DS sells because it has super mario 500,000 for the nintendo fanboys and is a cheap price for the younger demographic it appeals to so that they can be able to afford it. You may have won the battle nintendo, but you've lost the war....

ra7krz
ra7krz

way to go nintendo it will outsell sony's systems this year too. bye bye psp

Sil3n7Knight
Sil3n7Knight

Landua492 Wow have you hit your head with your psp too hard because from where im sitting that mean that the ds isnt only surpassing the ps2 but also the psp :|

samekila
samekila

great news for Nintendo who wonts a camera and tv company running the game world go Nintendo

Jedi_Osborn
Jedi_Osborn

huh...and I thought the dual screen thing was just gimicky......

blackwing837
blackwing837

I've always dreamed of a portable Nintendo system with graphics that rival the consoles. Guess with the DS that day has arrived.

noxian
noxian

considering the PS2 is 6 years old, and in its waning years; i don't know if its that fair to say Nintendo did this great thing. It would be more inpressive if teh GC gad beaten the PS2...i will say that Nintendo did with teh DS what MS DIDN'T do with the 360; beat the ps2 with a newer console. anyway the more i've been thinking bout it, the more i think ol' Reggie's got a point. look at sales, 4 of the top 5 consoles in sales, all handheld. top two, DS and PSP (this isn't a bash one or the other post btw, i have a diff. point). one starts to wonder if the general gamer really is starting to be more interested in handhelds, and if the whole next-gen console thing is....i dunno...missing the gamers's interest...if that makes sense to anyone reading this...

ScrawlKnight
ScrawlKnight

Thats really good news, it can onlyget better from here ;)

NightRain
NightRain

WOAH! DS OWNS! That's amazing... DS pwns PS2! Whooo!! I'm so proud...

shrum91
shrum91

hopefully rev does even better in the home console arena

Kwiksilva
Kwiksilva

i think the redesign will do surprisingly well

landau492
landau492

good nintendo beated a console that came out 5 years ago .

Gamefanatic11
Gamefanatic11

Way to go Nintendo, their still the king of gaming !

Viquist
Viquist

Seems as though the Japanese know what's good for them... Nintendo is usually a very close second on consoles and they are buying the DS and it's games like there's no tomorrow (which we aren't promised) so I would say that the Japenese definantly know what's good. And as for the REV....... Bring It On..............