SPOnG yesterday reported that over 10 million Nintendo DS’s - otherwise known as the Kiddy-Crack Wonder Toy - have so far been sold worldwide since the console’s launch late in 2004.
Well, we’ve just been contacted by Nintendo to correct us on this. It seems that quite a few more than 10 million have been sold so far. European sales of over 3.5 million DS units combined with the 4 million DS units sold in the US and more than 5 million sold in Japan actually brings the worldwide total closer to 13 million.
European sales of the DS have been considerably bolstered by the launch of SPOnG’s current favourites, Nintendogs and Mario Kart. Nintendogs has sold 1.6 million copies in Europe since launch in October and Mario Kart DS, which stormed the Christmas charts with its global Wi-Fi capabilities, has sold in excess of 800,000 copies in Europe since its late November launch.
Compare these astounding figures with the worldwide sales of the PSP, which is in the region of 7 million units, and you can see that the DS has nearly sold at a rate of 2 to 1 against Sony’s machine, which is graphically superior but is still to wow both hardcore and casual gamers with some must-have games.
The GBA continues to also do well for Nintendo, with Pokémon continuing to go from strength to strength. Sales of the latest game Pokémon Emerald have reached an impressive 1.2 million since it launched in October 2005.
Nintendo’s line-up of games for 2006 is already getting SPOnG slightly hot under the collar. This year we are mostly looking forward to the launch of Prof. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? and Animal Crossing: Wild World, both of which have been a huge success in Japan and should be with us in Europe and the US around Easter.