DSi hits 435,000 in US as Nintendo stock slides

Camera-equipped handheld nearly doubles DS Lite's debut, but shares down nearly 7 percent after March NPD sales shortfall.

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The third time's the charm for Nintendo. The company has announced that its newly released DSi handheld--the follow-up to the original DS and the DS Lite--has nearly doubled its predecessor's debut sales. Citing internal tracking numbers, Nintendo said the DSi sold 435,000 units in the US in its first week of release, compared to the DS Lite's first-week tally of just 226,300 systems sold.

Smile for the camera(s)!

The news is not terribly surprising, given that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata already announced that the company had sold 300,000 DSi systems in the US during its first two days on sale. When the DS Lite debuted in 2006, Nintendo said it sold 136,500 units in the system's first two days on sale in the US, putting it roughly on pace to match the launch of the original DS in 2004.

While those early DS Lite sales figures may be promising, they weren't enough to address investor concerns over Nintendo's performance in the industry tracking NPD Group's March US retail sales figures. While the Wii and DS continued to be the top-selling systems, both saw sales slipping significantly month over month and year over year. Nintendo shares closed down 6.6 percent to ¥26,180 ($263.47) on the Osaka Stock Exchange today, with shares trading hands at nearly three times the normal rate.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told Bloomberg the slip in March sales was due in part to the absence of a blockbuster hit like the prior year's Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which sold 2.7 million copies in the US in its debut month. While not nearly as huge, Nintendo did score a major US hit last month with Pokemon Platinum, which was the second-best-selling title of the month with 805,000 copies sold.

"Our launch schedules are more spread out so we're going to have these tough comparisons month-to-month," Fils-Aime told the news service. "But if you look at the overall trend of our business, it continues to be very healthy."

For perhaps the first time this generation, Nintendo has had to endure a smattering of negative news in relation to its gaming business. Last month, the Wii finished behind Sony's PlayStation 3 on Japanese hardware sales charts. That caused Iwata to describe the Wii's position in its home market as "unhealthy" and not where Nintendo would like it to be.

Discussion

207 comments
CwlHeddwyn
CwlHeddwyn

ds lite has better battery life than dsi.

hi-buzz
hi-buzz

dsi is better than dslite...in many ways....but dslite is still pretty good for anyone who still own it...but i didn't regret trading my dslite for dsi !!!!!

xbox4life76
xbox4life76

I'm totally happy with my DS lite, and I don't want to really spend a ton of money on a new DSi just because of camera...but maybe in time if i find it to have other features i find handy i would...

GatCloudX
GatCloudX

the only problem with the psp is the battery life other than that i love it

GatCloudX
GatCloudX

i got my dsi on launch date and i like it more than my ds lite because it has a camera and an sd card slot and a better menu

nappan
nappan

Well, after a day of moderation/suspension for insulting xdeiri (for which I sincerely apologize) I'm able to rejoin the disussion. @fail baby: They removed the slot because it was bulky, but that is a result of them recycling the same tech for the third time. I think that backwards compatiblity is more important to most people in a Nintendo handheld than a set of features many people have in their cell phones. As for the DSi not being the replacement, of COURSE it is. Gamespot has a trade-in going (granted, they are not affiliated with Nintendo), but you don't see this being marketed as the "new" DS? I think you're mistaking Nintendo's attempt to justify the purchase of a DSi even if you HAD a DS Lite to begin with, for an intention to make the DSi somehow a "standalone". Given that the DS Lite and DS are essentially piracy machines, I suspect that Nintendo cares a LOT. They're going to try to recoup some of that cash by selling GBA games over their online Shop. That would be ANOTHER reason to withold the slot.

fail_baby
fail_baby

@MarthRingman: They removed the GBA slot because it adds a lot of bulk and is unnecessary. Their original intentions were not to replace the DS Lite, so they didn't care if someone bought a Lite over a DSi because of the slot(in fact, they still don't care). And, the DSi's battery life is actually a few hours longer than the phat's(the phat has a much smaller battery).

fail_baby
fail_baby

Daaaaang... The DSi's selling crazy fast. If things keep up like this, then the DSi may just replace the DS Lite. I'm not saying I want it to, but Nintendo has decided to leave the two systems' future to the consumers. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- @itachi100 People like you make me embarrased to have a PSP. I despise fanboys.

itachi100
itachi100

the PSP is a system that feels perfectly like the console. the DS is expected to have games lesser of the console, but the PSP has games better than the console. people dont understand when i don't simply mean the graphics. i've player more than 5 great games on the PSP

MarthRingman
MarthRingman

Weird that they would remove the GBA slot. There are still GBA games that I use which is why I'm not "upgrading." I wonder why the battery life took such a hit- it's even less than the ds Phat.

rsnow7
rsnow7

Yeah, Final Fantasy... Anything else? Anyway, the best DS games hardly use the touch screen/motion-sensing unless the game utilizes the technology in an innovative manner. So anyone who got motion-sensing "crap" must have got some really bad third-party games. Also, I still play Advance Wars DS, which I've had for 3 years now, along with Mario Kart DS, Meteos, SM64DS. By the way, I'm almost in college. I don't think the DSi was much of an improvement either. My Xbox 360 is there too, but I only use it for online games.

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

I dont get why GS had to put "the Wii finished behind Sony's PlayStation 3 on Japanese hardware sales charts" at the end of the article, they just want people to start fighting !!

Gastman
Gastman

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mike2640
mike2640

What are you talking about? The PSP has great graphics, that's true, but in terms of great games, it really only has 5 or so. The DS has plenty of great games, from RPGs to strategy games to puzzles. Nintendo might be milking the DS market here, but at least the DSi will have fun games, which is more than the PSP can say.

itachi100
itachi100

ill bet the next console nintendo makes won't play GC games; my favorite nintendo games were gamecube games, not this new motion sensing crap. nintendo is failing too -_-

akobi
akobi

Oh my god. Nintendo can put its stamp on anything and you people run & buy it. Just amazing, simply amazing.

Way2fonky
Way2fonky

qubeley Posted Apr 19, 2009 8:47 pm PT "Even now I'm playing the Cube more while the Wii collects dust on the shelf." Apparently, you didn't get the memo that the Wii plays GameCube games. You kinda don't need your Cube anymore.

ston3henge
ston3henge

License to print money continued... look, it's not all that suprising or upsetting in any way. People know the quality of the product. For some, it's not an enticement to "upgrade" (I too, love my GBA slot and won't give it up), but the track record of the product and the company ofr that matter, speaks for itself. It's in the fun you get out of it, not the gizmos and graphics they put into it - and a Nintendo handheld (of any generation) has proven itself. And yeah, I'll eventually get one. I'm just broke as a joke and trying to pay the 'net bill on time each month right now, y'feel?

InsultToInjury_
InsultToInjury_

Until I see a VC for the DSi my lite will do my proud for a while longer. I have a PSP - its capible of doing everything apart from clean up your room but its lacking they aren't giving it full potential and with the DSi making an appearance it might inspire sony to get their finger out with the PSP and put more out on the PSN store etc.

Slagar
Slagar

Great video! Nice product. The matte finish is nice! It's a shame to see the GBA slot go though. Battery life reduction is also a downer. I'm still happy with my original DS though to be honest :)

lukemularczyk
lukemularczyk

"the DS is a wannabe to the PSP" Sales say that the psp is a ds wannabe shurly? also - "nintendo games and sony games, here is nintendo's side: Cheap games; high price" hum £35 for wii game, £45 for ps3 game? PSP is a bit different i will agree theres it's £30 and £30

itachi100
itachi100

added, ive noticed a huge difference between nintendo games and sony games, here is nintendo's side: Cheap games; high price

itachi100
itachi100

plus, the DS, after all these years is still stuck in 2003 in terms of physics, controls, and audio visual. and finding a good game for it is a pain in the ass

itachi100
itachi100

@xdeiri i listed GAMEPLAY in my previous comment as well. the PSP at least has a big funfactor. your just another loser that thinks the game sucks if the visuals are flawless

feryl06
feryl06

xdeiri Why are you such a fanboy? There's nothing in your statement that even came close to calling it sarcasm. How about learning to put in smileys. :) :P there's a couple for ya--learn to use them IF you're trying to be sarcastic. IF not, they don't make stupid comments about trading your PS3 for a DS game. :)

coltACP
coltACP

Strong sales for DSI, i am looking to get one when they introduce the new colour range(i would like a green one). Unfortunately the features aren't all that new or great, they releashed peripherals for the gameboy that have the same capabilities(in japan there is even a mobile phone add-on), i already bought a £13 music and movie player for my gba(back in 2004) which works brilliantly in my DS and DS lite. Even Nintendo released one after they clocked on(a special variant for DS lite that fits perfectly), so the only real reason for DSI is the downloadable games and improved screens.

ezikiell
ezikiell

While the sales of the Wii and DS are down in Japan for the last several weeks, I think it is the calm before the Nintendo storm. It will not last long and better days are yet to come for both Nintendo systems in Japan.

adrianfbuan
adrianfbuan

The DSi looks good, but not great. I dont own one yet but I guess I wont buy it either. I think the Cameras are pretty useless and we forgot the real reason why the DS was created, do you remember? To Play Games, duh... I guess it could be better if Nintendo made a revised DS lite, with a matte surface (like in the DSi) and a more durable hinge, but for the same price of the DS lite, right? :)

xdeiri
xdeiri

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feryl06
feryl06

The novelty is finally wearing off, but still Nintendo did make a killing. :) By the way, Yea, go ahead and trade in your PS3 for the Zelda game--in fact, I'll give you a zelda copy when it comes out if you give me your fully functional PS3. :) There's fanboys, then there's you. :)

xdeiri
xdeiri

did i mention that im willing to trade my ps3 just for a copy of zelda spirits track

xdeiri
xdeiri

itachi100 "DSi is a wannabe to the PSP" lol do you actually believe that ? and by the way you graphics junkies, let the graphics power helps the ps3 first. nintendo is all about FUN, i dont give a rat azz about final fantasy i got sick of how many FF i got on my ps2 i dont want a crap recycled version on a portable system.

itachi100
itachi100

@xdeiri at least nintendo doesnt leech off of wannabe games like pokemon, where sony and the PSP takes in lively developers like square enix... and im only trolling here because i have free time with the internet, and rage to spare! xD. but really; all the DSi is is like pokemon to final fantasy; the DSi is a wannabe to the PSP, it just added a bunch of random PSP features and killed off one of the best parts about it; the awesomeness of the backwards compatibility. nintendo makes consoles for children that don't know they could have much better things; because children don't look into things. i am more happy with my PSP then i ever was with the boring years i lived with nintendo handhelds. instead of pokemon where the story and rediculously pedophilic theme "Get in my balls you wild animal!" makes me too embarassed to enjoy the gameplay and 3rd rate graphics; i would rather be playing final fantasy games on my psp with a flawless story; best graphics up to date, extremely addictive gameplay, awesome characters, mature dialogue and at least common sense as to what the hell is going on. if you think the PSP is impossible to enjoy, you have less common sense than 4kids.

misterstatus
misterstatus

The only thing the new DSi really offers is a way for Nintendo to sell you games for it over the internet, just like the Wii. The built-in cameras are the worst quality and lowest resolution I've ever seen, the web browser is useless, the slightly larger screens make no difference, and they removed the GBA slot, most likely so they can start reselling the older games in the DSi Shop. There is no valid reason for anyone who already owns a DS or DS Lite to buy a DSi, unless you want to buy the same thing all over again with a handful of useless features tacked on.

qubeley
qubeley

Nintendo is just getting really boring. Especially only having ports from the Cube (which I owned most of the original on the Cube) and not publishing real games like "Project Zero / Fatal Frame" in the west. I couldn't care less about 6 million imagine games of 10 billion party games on the console. It just sucks big time at the mo. Nearly a year into owning the console, I've only bought two games - House of the Dead Overkilled and Dead Rising. As compared to I bought 4 games at launch for the Cubes years back and have a great catalogue for the console. Even now I'm playing the Cube more while the Wii collects dust on the shelf.

squarejp
squarejp

iversonisdabest, DS is far from dying. It's still very alive.

zakkess
zakkess

@Franzkill Also the fact that they used to rate the PS3 games lower than the 360 didnt help either. You can still tell Gamespot is more geared towards Nintendo and Microsoft now a days.

gameking5000
gameking5000

@iversonisdabest Do you think people are just gullible or do they buy these things for a reason. Because everyone else and me doesn't agree with you

invictuslemming
invictuslemming

Just wait until the motion plus hits the market in 2 months, the stock will go up again

IvanDraco
IvanDraco

good for nintendo ds. and now that their casual based industry is falling appart mybe they'll re-focus to the real gamerz. (yeah freaking petz games suck) I'm waiting for the next e3, the change of focus will happen there

thetravman
thetravman

iversonisdabest It's not dying. That's why Nintendo made an upgrade for it to attract more players to an already popular portable. As far as I know, this strategy is common, judging by Ps2 slim, Psp 2000...or whatever it's called, GBA Micro, and now DSi. DSi makes the biggest step though in being multimedia from just a gaming product.If you have a DS already, you aren't forced to buy the DSi. Nintendo isn't ripping anyone off.

iversonisdabest
iversonisdabest

nintendo is ripping people off they add a couple new features to a dying product pakage it and send them to stores. somehow people are still buying it

Nerevarine-
Nerevarine-

Mudvayne84: If you're going to go that far, you might as well say the DS Lite was useless. There was absolutely no change in functionality, they just made it look at little more like a toy and a little less cool. At least the DSi has increased functionality. That said, I'll be sticking to my original DS. If I feel like buying a new handheld, it'll be one I don't already have, the PSP.

Nerevarine-
Nerevarine-

Hats off to Nintendo - the masters of repackaging old hardware with new coats of paint (or enhanced controls), and making millions off the sheeple. (Play it Loud GB, GB Pocket, GB Light, GBA SP, GBA SPII, GBA Micro, NDS Lite, NDSi, Nintendo Wii... missing any?)

penpusher
penpusher

Hmm still dont like the idea of the DSi. I mean its just a DS lite minus the gba slot and plus a low res cam and an SD memory slot. Plus a big price tag. I can see the possible use in the SD memory card slot, downloadable content and the like would be good. BUT still dont feel worth the extra money ;-(

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

was really hoping for a DS2, that might have justified the new price tag

Franzkill
Franzkill

This is exactly what I don't get about Gamespot. A substantial part of the reason why fanboy rant wars develop is because they are fuelled by something or someone. For example putting that the PS3 outsold units over the Wii in Japan at the end of the article will do nothnig more than fuel the fanboys who have nothnig better to do than to come here and defend their console till the end of time. It really didn't need to be mentioned and frankly I'm kinda sick and tired of Gamespot constantly posting news of the Wii selling over a 'certain milestone' of units day in day out. Yes we all know the Wii has sold bucketloads but we don't need to hear about it all the time.

nappan
nappan

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