DS 'fastest-selling platform in Europe'

Nintendo handheld breaks the 10-million mark with 1.7 million units shifted in the run-up to Christmas.

Two months before the second anniversary of the DS portable in Europe, Nintendo has released figures which claim that the handheld has become the fastest-selling games hardware in Europe, with 10 million units sold in 22 months.

In November, the company announced that it had shifted 7 million units and that six of the portable's games had sold 1 million copies apiece.

The company credits much of the success of the platform to its Touch! Generations games, which are aimed at nontraditional gaming audiences and include Nintendogs and Dr Kawashima's Brain Training (Brain Age in the US).

Titles for the Nintendo DS scheduled for release in Europe in 2007 include Mario Slam Basketball, Star Fox Command, Actionloop, and Final Fantasy III. These form part of the 67 games due to ship during the first quarter of 2007.

Nintendo's European marketing director, Laurent Fischer, commented, "Its appeal to both gamers and non-gamers means it has expanded the gaming population significantly...something that was unimaginable a few years ago."

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ryokinshin6x3
ryokinshin6x3

although i woudl never buy one, like one or most of the games for it, plus me having a psp i will say it is a great handheld

Greydawg
Greydawg

I guess this is the best place to ask-------PLEASE, if anyone works anywhere that sells DS Lites, do you have any idea when we might be able to purchase one? And if you have no idea, can you please post that as well? . I already have a PSP, and I love it-----it's not for everyone, but it's not fair to bash it either. But now I can't find a DS Lite, so it's hard to have an opinion on it except for being very frustrated with waiting this long. And you know what? There are severl PSP games I haven't played while waiting to get a DS Lite, and by the end of this week, I'm giving up on getting a DS Lite, plain and simple. Sorry Nintendo-----I've been looking for 2 months, it's a month AFTER Christmas already, and still no dice, no dates, and no DS Lite...

hovan316
hovan316

To Greydawg: Dude, I just wrote you a PM. I got a new one (black) at EbGames in downtown Montreal for 149.99$ Can. Hope you find one soon...G-luck! Does anyone know if it's a good idea to shoot "the" firmware on to my DS and use a GBA SuperCard + a 4 gig SD Media Card and load all those lovely DS and GBA roms on it??? And we all know the rest...play games for free... My friend will be doing this tomorrow on his regular DS...did anyone try it yet? He has a DVD-R with 75 DS games on it already...just ready to be uploaded on his SD media card!!! :-P

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Not really surprising... it's got some great games and it's cheap. If you think it's success is runaway now, wait till the end of Q2... Phantom Hourglass anyone?

GrimBee
GrimBee

"In short the psp is for a long ride but things like waiting at a corner is more for a ds." If they get the battery to last more than 2.5 hours, you might be right ;)

lbivol
lbivol

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GrimBee
GrimBee

Its going to get even crazier when zelda comes out for it. In europe, stock of the wii is alright, pink, black and white. I BET that they will release a gold zelda exclusive versions somewhere along the lines. At least, I hope that they do. A gold DS lite with triforce logo, nice. How many did the PSP sell in the same time span?

Greydawg
Greydawg

"hovan316 To Greydawg: I just bought my DS Lite last Friday, at EbGames...they had about 20 in each color. " . WHAT?!? You have got to be kidding--------were they new or used? Where are you located? I have made so many phone calls and checked so many websites, all having zero DS Lites for sale. I was even in my local EB Games store last Friday afternoon and they had none.

AHDOAH
AHDOAH

GIJames248 How about this give me both your DS lite and PSP because I like them both and you can be ignorant

razu_gamer
razu_gamer

don't forget phantom hourglass is coming.

Dolacide
Dolacide

Wow I remember when everybody was mocking Nintendo for a duel screen handheld, well I guess Nintendo has had the last laugh.

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

faridmon GIJames248 "Funny, I'm probably going to sell my DS Lite and buy a PSP because I hate Nintendos emphasis on "non-games" and casual games." Either you don't own a DS, or you're completely ignorant of the DS's library, which is well over double the size of the PSP, and contains many, man, many hardcore, that is NON-CASUAL, games. Either way, I'm calling bs. But hey, go get yourself that fancy paper-weight that is the PSP. It's not going to be around long, but you and your hardcoreness NEED that one MGS game.

lbivol
lbivol

blueflamedino I have to admit, though their games barely reach hardcore, they are so simple that they can get addicting. Unlike a psp which like carying a full console that is portable, the ds acts like a handheld for quickbursts. In short the psp is for a long ride but things like waiting at a corner is more for a ds. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ OMG!!!!!!!!! What an Idiot!!!!!!! What a jerk!!!!!!! Castlevania PoR & DoS barely reaches hardcore?!?!?!?! Castlevania PoR & DoS SO SIMPLE?!?!?!?! Advance Wars DS not hardcore?!?!? Advance Wars DS not deep?!?!? Advance Wars NOT FOR A LONG RIDE?!?!?!?! A handheld for QUICKBURSTS?!?!?!?! What the F**k IS THAT? are u 5 years old, Blue Flame Dino ??? Or shoul i call u BARNEY THE DINOSAUR? Or maybe Pink Flame Dino?!?!?!

hovan316
hovan316

To Greydawg: I just bought my DS Lite last Friday, at EbGames...they had about 20 in each color.

robfield
robfield

Now Nintendo knows how to sell a system.

getoconnection
getoconnection

faridmon you know a real hardcore gamer when play desgeae for 300 hours, pahantom brave 200 hours and level 10 000, you finish Ghost n' ghoblins with ease and apreciate Xenosaga epesode 3 and Baten Kaitos origins. now a guy like that loves the DS, and yeah thats me, how is that for Nintendos emphasis on "non-games" and casual games. and you think the PSP is for hardcore gamers? blasphemy, am going as far and say even the 360 is not hardcore gamers' system (well intill Castlevania SotN), emphasising on graphic and not gameplay a real-man hadcore gamer gameplay, well it's more hardcore than the PSP. you happy now? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I agree. Try getting 100 percent on every stage of the original Yoshi's Island, the last great 2d game. You haven't lived until you've executed the double jump over a bed of spikes, trying to avoid that flying shy guy, aiming your last egg at that last red coin. These babies now-a-days don't know what hardcore is.

LoWpS
LoWpS

hope the DS success foreshadows the Wii's success. i mean, it is kinda like playing on a big DS, anyway, but with motion sensor too. *crosses fingers*

faridmon
faridmon

GIJames248 Funny, I'm probably going to sell my DS Lite and buy a PSP because I hate Nintendos emphasis on "non-games" and casual games. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ you know a real hardcore gamer when play desgeae for 300 hours, pahantom brave 200 hours and level 10 000, you finish Ghost n' ghoblins with ease and apreciate Xenosaga epesode 3 and Baten Kaitos origins. now a guy like that loves the DS, and yeah thats me, how is that for Nintendos emphasis on "non-games" and casual games. and you think the PSP is for hardcore gamers? blasphemy, am going as far and say even the 360 is not hardcore gamers' system (well intill Castlevania SotN), emphasising on graphic and not gameplay a real-man hadcore gamer gameplay, well it's more hardcore than the PSP. you happy now?

getoconnection
getoconnection

ert47 Shame there aren't really any good games on the console -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You are obviously in the minority with your way of thinking.

CT-Link
CT-Link

yeah...go nintendo ftw..lol

games_pot1
games_pot1

Ya nintendo is doing really good lately.

getoconnection
getoconnection

GIJames248 Funny, I'm probably going to sell my DS Lite and buy a PSP because I hate Nintendos emphasis on "non-games" and casual games. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ You don't own one because if you did you would appreciate the games for the system. If you do you got it for a reason. Stop complaining.

getoconnection
getoconnection

Proven franchises + tested gameplay + innovation = TOTAL PAWNAGE TO ALL NIN TEN DO!!!!

dr3b
dr3b

It sucks that you guys are having such a hard time getting a DS. I just bought one and there were about twenty more on the shelf.

Archais121
Archais121

DS is good and so is Final Fantasy I'm not suprised but I am pleased...

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

Its a good game that helps your brain...why wouldn't it sell!!

mikesea
mikesea

Is there a release date for Final Fantasy III in Pal Regions?

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

I knew this thing would be a hit....ohhh I love being right

Greydawg
Greydawg

I guess this is the best place to ask-------PLEASE, if anyone works anywhere that sells DS Lites, do you have any idea when we might be able to purchase one? And if you have no idea, can you please post that as well?

hovan316
hovan316

DS is the best handheld out there right now!!! Why? Cause the games are just plain fun and it really doens't feel like a console. Sorry PSP...

hovan316
hovan316

DS IS the handheld system to get. Why? Cause the games are just plain fun and don't look like a full experienced console games!!!

GuardianofRice
GuardianofRice

@Greydawg: It's also been a problem for me. No DS's anywhere at all although it's ironic how I did find a stockpile of PS3s...

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

this is little surprise. The ds is doing great

Kurtisadei
Kurtisadei

Great news for a system that some consider may be a console on its own with its rich library of games.

elektrixxx
elektrixxx

Well it's not like it has any competition!

Greydawg
Greydawg

cancer_777 ------- read below---------I've been having the same problems since NOVEMBER, both in retail stores and online. Maybe they took all our DS Lites and sold them in Europe? Or maybe they were all bought for eBay? . I guess this is the best place to ask-------PLEASE, if anyone works anywhere that sells DS Lites, do you have any idea when we might be able to purchase one? And if you have no idea, can you please post that as well?

santiagochile
santiagochile

You forgot Starfox, Yoshi's Island, Trauma Center, tetris, animal crossing, mario hoops, etc. There are SOOO many games for the DS, it's impossible to play all the good games available!

blueflamedino
blueflamedino

I ave to admit, though their games barely reach hardcore, they are so simple that they can get addicting. Unlike a psp which like carying a full console that is portable, the ds acts like a handheld for quickbursts. In short the psp is for a long ride but things like waiting at a corner is more for a ds.

MarioTennisMan
MarioTennisMan

ert47 "Shame there aren't really any good games on the console..." Lets see... Castlevania DoS and PoR, MP:Hunters, MKart, FFIII, Advance Wars, New Super Mario Bros, Meteos, etc. Show me your list of amazing PSP games... Metal Gear Solid, Lumines, and thats about it.

WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

NoLimitJay1 "I still don't think have the games on the D.S. qualify as really games; if you like the game Nintendog, then you like dogs. If you like dogs, then you should play withA REAL dog" By that logic, Madden isnt a real game. If I like football, I should go play with a football, right? Give me a break. _______________________________________________ Idk whats more stupid, the misused on you're first sentence, or your "logic" of if u like this then you should play the real life thing instead of a hand held. Anyway on this matter, Nintendo doesn't DOMINATE the handheld industry, they OWN the handheld industry. The PSP doesn't even come close and that Zune thing whatever its called wont even touch the surface of dominence. >=)

cancer_777
cancer_777

Has anybody else been trying to get the DS online in the US??? I want one but can only buy it online and all the major stores are out of stock =( (except for ebay but I wont pay that much)

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

Lets see here.... that means the DS has sold about 32 million units worldwide

ert47
ert47

Shame there aren't really any good games on the console...

datniccah187
datniccah187

Hmm Nintendo Europe...doin big things, thats a lot of DS's.