Nintendo DS breaks the two million mark down under

Nintendo's popular handheld continues to smash Aussie sales records.

Despite selling a mere 20,000 consoles during its launch week in 2005, the Nintendo DS has proved sceptics wrong by breaking records left, right, and centre. Adding another trophy to the House of Mario's already impressive cabinet, Nintendo Australia has announced that the Nintendo DS has just broken the record for fastest console to sell two million units down under, having moved those units in 221 weeks.

Since its launch in 2005, the Nintendo DS platform has gone through two hardware revisions, the first being the Nintendo DS Lite in 2006, and the second being the more recent Nintendo DSi launch on 2 April this year.

When contacted by GameSpot AU, data tracker GfK Australia was able to confirm that Sony's PlayStation 2 was the previous record holder to reach two million, and that the DS had smashed that record by a significant amount of time. The next record in the Nintendo DS's sights is the 2.4 million total install base of the PS2.

In other Nintendo DS news, the highly anticipated music game Rhythm Heaven has been given a June 4 release date. The game features dozens of minigames to play, each of which has a different beat, forcing players to adjust to the change of music and the requirements of each game.

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9 comments
Fusion_Master
Fusion_Master

dsi = 299 or something right? why is it 100 bucks more than the 199 launch price for the ds in february 2004? everyone seems to complain that ps3 costs too much but at least sony and microsoft put their prices down rather than up. as far as i know wii still costs the same as its launch price too?

Payback7
Payback7

Congrats Nintendo - I have a DS and am loving it. Should be getting Puzzle Quest Galactrix soon!!! WOOO!! :) Need more RPG's on the Wii though.

monkeyd_93
monkeyd_93

one tenth of australia has a DS? doesnt look right but its still quite the achievement

Jaidyn1
Jaidyn1

Looks kool, i really want a DS

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

DS has good games: Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time Mario Kart and Party New Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario 64 and more games that you may like?

gameking5000
gameking5000

Still pretty considering it was the first of it's kind because of its dual screens