DS Wi-Fi users pass 5 million mark

Nintendo's free wireless service reaches milestone; Animal Crossing: Wild World and Mario Kart DS proving enduringly popular.

More than 200 million gaming sessions have been played worldwide over Nintendo's wireless gaming service, by more than 5 million unique DS owners, reports Nintendo.

Of the 62 DS games that can be played over a wireless connection, the five most popular globally are Animal Crossing: Wild World, Mario Kart DS, Metroid Prime: Hunters, Pokemon Diamond, and Pokemon Pearl, says the company.

According to NPD figures, the DS was the top-selling game system in April in the US, with more than 470,000 units sold--roughly 16,000 a day.

The Nintendo Wi-Fi service was launched in North America, Europe, and Australia in November 2005. Users can connect to other gamers worldwide to play a variety of games over the Internet.

The Nintendo DS Browser, a version of the Opera browser for the original DS and DS Lite, was launched in Japan in July 2006, in Europe in October 2006, and in Australia in January 2007. It will be coming to North America on June 4.

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177 comments
Dark_Lord777
Dark_Lord777

i wish that call of duty 4 had ds multiplayer. id buy it tommorow if it did.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

wow, thats like twice the number of xbox live users, and its a handheld. it will soon catch up with world of warcraft. lol

French023
French023

ya it is really too bad how much nintendos online sucks. in my opinion nintendo is doing to much to protect your identity, i mean really all you get is a user name and a picture is mario cart. but thats just me. Also games are boring with out communication. for example if i red shell som1 in mario cart i like to yell ohhhh!!! or somthing like that but all you can really do is yell to urself.

darth_hid3ous
darth_hid3ous

"According to NPD figures, the DS was the top-selling game system in April in the US, with more than 470,000 units sold--roughly 16,000 a day." wow

Kroner
Kroner

i can get a game with 3 others in Metroid and go on wifi in about a minute and a half so its probably your connection.

DeadlyWhispers
DeadlyWhispers

Nintendo's online gaming sucks though. I don't know why it takes me nearly 5 minutes to connect to their server and actually start a game. what a waste of time. They really need to work on it alot still, especially if they're planing on actually using the internet for online play on their console.

AgileNate
AgileNate

DaClint91 said: "P.S. Sony screwed me over with the PSP!" ~Same here. Because of it I now know not to rush out and get a system as soon as possible. I do hope Nintendo makes their wi-fi capabilities more user-friendly than the whole friend code thing. Its sad the Wii is using the same method to online gaming.

Zacek
Zacek

I'm one of the 5 millions... kudos to Nintendo.

DaClint91
DaClint91

What happened to the PSP? I guess graphics lost to gamplay in this one. Looks like how the Wii will win too? P.S. Sony screwed me over with the PSP!

Valmier
Valmier

It's understandable: the hardcore gamers are the ones online. Most casual gamers don't care. With the DS, Nintendo made a quality system that appeals to the hardcore and the casual gamer, so it makes sense that a small percentage would be playing. Though they could use better service and stuff, the games tend to be pretty good, so I'll consider this to be a victory for Nintendo, especially considering their relative inexperience in the area.

OldWiseBob
OldWiseBob

5 million online. Isn't that around like 30 % o the people who bought DS's?

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

I'm one of the 5 million people... I hope that tells Nintendo we hope for improvements in the service, to continue snaking in MK DS lol

kirewpower
kirewpower

the ds is the only thing that online works for me everything else charges you so ya I only play my ds online and that is kinda sad

smoothn00dle
smoothn00dle

How is compare XboxLive? Xboxlive has 6 million users but they didn't give out paid user details. I think paid users top with 2 million

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

the-very-best: Very nice, but it would be a massive number if FCs were gone Perhaps, I'm sure Nintendo would if they could build the sort of online environment they wanted. FCs may be overly restrictive but thus far it's the best fix on unwanted riff-raff.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

I am part of that 5 million!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

cool i guess. ninty.... time to fix (get rid of) the friend codes!!!

Dreski83
Dreski83

as hard as it is for me to believe that only a few games can support the wi-fi function and the DS still crunches numbers... yea... the masses speak for themselves. maybe the masses should demand something else instead of quietly waiting for lame milestones

PacoL250
PacoL250

Hey we finally get the Opera browser! :D

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

They've got the keys to victory.

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

'bout time the browser comes out... just hope it can support some sites with large memory needs... donno know it will work

captainalpha1
captainalpha1

Wow, I was right all along. When the DS came out, everyone said it would fail, except for me. When the wii came out, everyone told me it was a gimmick, and that I shouldn't waste my money. I disagreed. Now look at things! Hindsight is always 20/20.

robfield
robfield

Too bad none of them have much of a chance to use it

ImSwordMan
ImSwordMan

Yay! I make up part of those numbers :D

lotsofgunfire
lotsofgunfire

they should have some sort of permission form online that you can sign so you get a game browser instead of this friend code crap. really hate not seeing proper online with nintendo's current consoles.

Liquid_Snake
Liquid_Snake

people who think that a large number of people being online and it being free makes how poor the online for DS is need to cut the crap. nintendo has always ruled the handheld market, people simply don't really have a choice. i join a ds, hate the way online works... but dont have a choice. well unless the games on ds make it to the psp. i hope sony does better so nintendo can get unlazy, hopefullly stop gettign away with numerous versions of every handheld they make equailing increased sales.

NightRain
NightRain

DS rules! I love Wi-fi but there should be WAY more Wi-fi games.

yukine
yukine

So when is the DS going to fail? I recall it being said that "it's going to end up like the Game Gear!" Fanboys are amusing.

keeperofgames
keeperofgames

I like how fanboys are saying "well, it's successful but it sucks because I have online gaming that I pay for." You don't like it, that's your problem. Nintendo WiFi connection is simple, easy to use (for most people, anyway) and is FREE. If you're not paying for it then quit complaining.

the-very-best
the-very-best

Very nice, but it would be a massive number if FCs were gone.

skywalker333
skywalker333

imagine if they added a SERIOUS online system instead of the "stupidity incarnated" friend code system.... every single ds would be online!

PaperLink64
PaperLink64

This should tell Nintendo to step it up with the Wii online offerings.

jasongm
jasongm

I own both a DS Lite and a PSP. The main reason i picked up a DS was because of Dragon Quest IX! Imagine the Wi fi multiplayer games on that? Its gonna be like a MMORPG! Its a shame about the PSP really, Sony should focus on getting more multiplayer games for it (Infrastructure mode), thats the only reason why i play games now. Heres hoping that Monster Hunter Freedom 2 finally has Infrastructure mode added

frostybubbler
frostybubbler

The Nintendo WIFI is really cool, although I wish people wouldn't quit when they know they're going to lose a game. All told, I can't wait to see Nintendo use the WIFI to it's full potential.

GreenXMega
GreenXMega

Mario Kart DS was so great playing online, the only time I stopped (and I stopped for a loooooooong time) was when my R button was totally broken.

mkirklions
mkirklions

200 million games played? dang halo 2 got what? 6 billion in one game?

djt23
djt23

Cool congrats Nintendo, love playing my DS on wifi. Thanks again! i cant wait until Maple Story DS come on it go to best wifi game out there

Pie_FOREVER
Pie_FOREVER

It's a shame the DS wifi setup is so archaic and unreliable though

peypan
peypan

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togo2828
togo2828

Awww, what about Lost Magic and Custom Robo, Well mainly Custom Robo that is much more fun than Metroid Prime...Oh well thats still freakin awsome that Nintendo is totally kicking butt, GO 5 MILLION DS WIFI USERS ((Im one of them))

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Seeing how well the DS is selling, those numbers are not surprising. I would even expect it to be more.

teknicz
teknicz

I've contributed as well. Tetris DS is still my favorite though, because the matches are quick enough for me to play during my lunch hour at work.

Gamingcucumber
Gamingcucumber

Sux that I'm not able to enjoy Advance Wars DS with wi-fi....it really pisses me off. Got almost 300 hours on that game and it would be double the ammount if I were able to play against people across the globe. Age Of Empires and Pyuo Pop would also be awesome to have wi-fi on.

sonynhater
sonynhater

Metroid prime hunters is definetly the best wi-fi expeirence on DS.If u want my friend code message me.