Nintendo Sells 10M Handheld Game Systems

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Nintendo Co. said Tuesday that it has sold about 10 million of its Nintendo DS handheld game systems worldwide, including about 4 million in North America and more than 5 million in Japan.

Perrin Kaplan, vice president for marketing at Nintendo’s U.S. headquarters in Redmond, said the company sold about 3 million of the handheld gaming gadgets to North American consumers in 2005. That’s on top of 1.2 million sold to North American consumers in 2004, following the system’s late November launch.

Rival Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news). said it has sold 3.2 million of its handheld game system, the PlayStation Portable, in North America between its March launch and mid-December. The company did not yet have sales figures through the end of 2005.

Source: AP


2 Responses to “Nintendo Sells 10M Handheld Game Systems”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Big deal the psp has sold 10 million also. Look it up on gamespot search 10 million psp and you’ll find the article. Wait actually i’ll paste it for you here:

    10 million PSPs served worldwide
    Sony’s widescreen handheld reaches a new milestone as the fastest shipping PlayStation machine in history.
    TOKYO–Sony Computer Entertainment announced today that its PlayStation Portable has shipped 10 million cumulative units worldwide as of this morning. A shipment of 10 million units within just 10 months of launch is the fastest penetration speed for a PlayStation gaming machine in history.

    Broken down by territory, Sony has sent 3 million units to Japan and Asia (launch date: December 12, 2004), 4.47 million units to North America (launch date: March 24, 2005), and 2.53 million units to Europe and other PAL regions (launch date: September 1, 2005).

    However, the system’s software-to-hardware ratio leaves much to be desired, as SCE disclosed that it has shipped 19.6 million PSP games as of September, a tie ratio of less than two games per unit. It seems the machine is being used for watching UMD movies almost as much as playing games, as shipments of video titles on the proprietary format exceeded 15 million units as of September.

    A newly announced Giga Pack with a 1GB memory stick could spur sales of the hardware this holiday season, while portable versions of popular console franchises like SSX, X-Men Legends, Virtua Tennis, Prince of Persia, and WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw could improve the ratio of game-to-hardware shipments.

    source: http://www.gamespot.com

    the DS is not that great. It is a “kiddy” toy meant for small children.
    The Graphics stink and are almost the smae as N64. If you look up the specifications it says that the graphics are in btween the Gamecube and N64. i say its worse than both and another thing is that the games are all short. The screen measures 3 inches diagonally, whereas the GBA SP has a screen measure of 2.9 diagonally like a hairwidths of a difference. If i wanted short games with horrible graphics i would have stuck with my gameboy advance.

    If you want a true portable go with the psp.

    Check out IGn to see the difference between the games.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Techinically if what is said above is true then the psp is selling faster than the DS.

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