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Nintendo DS
Released: U.S. - November 21, 2004

Japan - December 2, 2004
Europe - March 11, 2005
Australia - February 24, 2005

Announced E3 2005
Generation: Seventh generation
Price: $120 USD
Units shipped: 153.99, including DS Lite and DSi units (as of March 31,2014)[1]
Best-selling games: Nintendogs - 20 million, all versions combined (as of October 30, 2008)[2]

New Super Mario Bros. - 14.16 million (Mar 31, 2008) [3]

The Nintendo DS (codenamed Nitro[1]) is Nintendo's "third pillar," supplementing the Game Boy Advance. It competes with Sony's Playstation Portable in the seventh generation of video games. It will be succeeded by the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo DS sales figuresEdit

Main article: Seventh generation of video games

During the week of November 18 to November 24, Nintendo of America set a new Nintendo sales record by selling over 653,000 DS units in one week, breaking the previous record held by the Game Boy Advance, which sold 600,000 units.

In October of 2008 Nintendo officially announced that they had sold 84 million units, thus surpassing the total sales of the Game Boy Advance (81 million). It's expected that the release of the DSi will boost the sales even further. Also during October Nintendo announced that their hit Nintendogs for the DS had sold over 20 million units worldwide.

Nintendo DS sales figures (based on official financial reports)
Date Americas sales Japan sales Other sales Quarterly sales Total sales Source
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2004) 1.36 1.45 0.03 2.84 2.84 [4]
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2005) 0.83 0.67 0.92 2.43 5.27 [5]
2005 fiscal year (ending Mar 31, 2005) 2.19 2.12 0.95 5.27 5.27 million [6]
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2005) 1.38 6.65 [7]
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2005) 2.18 8.83 [8]
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2005) 1.75 2.08 1.76 5.60 14.43 [9]
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2006) 0.49 1.20 0.61 2.30 16.73 [10]

[11]

2006 fiscal year (ending Mar 31, 2006) 2.92 4.78 3.76 11.46 16.73 million [12]
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2006) 0.78 2.34 1.42 4.54 21.27 [13]

[14]

Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2006) 1.45 2.27 1.67 5.55 26.82 [15]

[16]

Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2006) 2.66 2.92 3.20 8.79 35.61 [17]

[18]

Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2007) 1.57 1.59 1.52 4.68 40.29 [19]

[20]

2007 fiscal year sales (ending Mar 31, 2007) 6.63 9.12 7.81 23.56 40.29 million [21]
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2007) 2.39 2.08 2.5 6.98 47.27 [22]
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2007) 1.93 1.6 2.85 6.37 53.64 [23]

[24][25]

Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2007) 4.12 1.95 5.07 11.14 64.78 [26]

[27]

Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2008) 2.21 0.72 2.88 5.82 70.6 [28]

[29]

2008 fiscal year sales (ending Mar 31, 2008) 10.65 6.35 13.31 30.31 70.6 million [30]
Quarter 1 (ending June 30, 2008) 2.71 0.58 3.65 6.94 77.54 [31]
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2008) 2.53 0.74 3.52 6.79 84.33 [32]
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2008) 4.30 1.96 5.63 11.89 96.22 [33]
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2009) 2.52 0.73 2.31 5.56 101.78 [34]
2009 fiscal year sales (ending Mar 31, 2009) 12.07 4.01 15.11 31.18 101.78 million [35]
Quarter 1 (ending June 30, 2009) 2.51 0.61 2.85 5.97 107.75 [36]
Quarter 2 (ending Sept 30, 2009)
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2009)
Quarter 4 (ending March 30, 2010)
2010 fiscal year (ending Mar 31, 2010)
Totals 36.97 27.00 43.87 - 107.75 million [37]



DS market penetration

Market penetration

Best selling DS gamesEdit

(As of January 2009)

  • Nintendogs (20.03 million)[90]
  • New Super Mario Bros. (15.89 million)[90]
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (14.77 million)[91]
  • Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! (14.48 million)[90]
  • Mario Kart DS (12.12 million)[90]
  • Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! (12.03 million)[90]
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World (9.53 million)[91]
  • Super Mario 64 DS (6.12 million)[91]
  • Big Brain Academy (5.01 million)[91]
  • Mario Party DS (4.73 million)[90]
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (4.13 million)[91]
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness (4.12 million)[90]
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (3.08 million)[94]
  • Yoshi's Island DS (2.91 million)[91]
  • English Training: Have Fun Improving Your Skills! (2.86 million)[94]
  • Pokémon Ranger (2.7 million)[91]
  • Cooking Mama (2.627 million approximately: 1 million in US,[115] 1 million in Europe,[116] 62,660 in Japan)[117]
  • Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day (2.52 million)[91]
  • Pokémon Platinum (2.231 million in Japan)[118]
  • WarioWare: Touched! (2.15 million)[94]
  • Tetris DS (2.05 million)[94]
  • Final Fantasy III (2 million approximately: 1.06 million in Japan,[55] 460,000 in North America,[119] and 480,000 in Europe)[120]
  • Common Sense Training (1.65 million in Japan)[55]
  • Kirby: Squeak Squad (1.6 million)[83]
  • Rhythm Heaven (1.568 million in Japan)[121]
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village (1.53 million shipped approximately: 830,000 shipped in North America, Europe and Korea,[122] 700,000 shipped in Japan)[123]
  • Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (1.5 million)[94]
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (1.47 million in Japan)[55]
  • Dragon Quest IV (1.42 million)[124]
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (1.39 million)[94]
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (1.24 million)[94]
  • Dragon Quest V (1,228,014 in Japan)[125]
  • High School Musical: Makin' the Cut! (1.2 million in North America and Western Europe)[126]
  • Super Princess Peach (1.15 million)[94]
  • Love and Berry DS Collection (1.12 million in Japan)[127]
  • Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop (1.12 million in Japan)[55]
  • Diddy Kong Racing DS (1.04 million)[94]
  • Final Fantasy IV (1.04 million)[124]
  • Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (1.04 million approximately: 540,000 in Japan,[120] 220,000 in North America,[120] 280,000 in Europe)[120]
  • Kirby Super Star Ultra (1.021 million in Japan)[121]
  • Spectrobes (1 million shipped)[128]

Total Nintendo DS games sold as of September 30, 2008: 454.63 million.[100][101]

Best selling Nintendo DS games in Japan (source)Edit

(As of April 2009)

  1. Pokémon Diamond / Pearl - 5,624,430
  2. New Super Mario Bros. - 5,406,786
  3. Animal Crossing: Wild World - 4,976,041
  4. Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day - 4,967,131
  5. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day - 3,750,890
  6. Mario Kart DS - 3,355,781
  7. Pokémon Platinum - 2,361,196
  8. English Training: Have Fun Improving Your Skills - 2,051,037
  9. Nintendogs (Labrador, Dachshund, Chihuahua) - 1,850,984
  10. Mario Party DS - 1,832,265

Sales figures tidbitsEdit

Nds worldwide sales

Worldwide sales of Nintendo DS (100 million as of March 2009)

  • Worldwide:
    • March 2009: 100 million [38]
  • United States:
    • Thanksgiving 2007: 653,000 units (breaking Nintendo's previous record of 600,000 set by the GBA in 2005)[39]
    • January 2008: 17.65m [40]
  • Europe:
    • January 2009: 31.0 million (11.2m in 2008) [41]
  • United Kingdom
    • Launch: 87,000 [42]
    • September 2007: 3.8 million [43]
    • January 2008: 5.4 million [44]
    • September 2008: 7.1 million [45]
    • January 2009: 8.8 million [46]
  • France: 2.54 million units by September 2007 [47]
  • Australia:
    • 55 weeks: 200,000 [48]
    • July 2008: 1.2 million [49]
    • November 2008: 1.5 million [50]
    • April 2009: 30,000 DSi (11 days) [51]
    • May 2009: 2.0 million [52]
  • Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Denmark)
    • January 2009: 950,000 [53]

ChartsEdit

External linksEdit


Seventh generation of video games
Wii · Nintendo DS · Xbox 360 · PlayStation 3 · PlayStation Portable

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