100 Millionth DS System Ships, Nintendo Officially Rules the World

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I am not one to post about hardware and game sales reports — actually, I don’t believe I’ve posted a single such story ever before — but Nintendo’s announcement this afternoon that its 100 millionth DS portable gaming system has landed on store shelves somewhere in the world is so impressively noteworthy that even I had to post about it. Think about that for a second. 100 million systems shipped and sold, that’s just ridiculous. In only five years since launching in 2004, the DS is already nipping at the heels of the Game Boy’s lifetime sales record, which was somewhere over 100 million units. Difference is it took the Game Boy almost two decades to sell that much.

Now lets compare the figures to the DS’s current competitor. The PSP recently crossed the 50 million unit sold milestone, which is an impressive feat for a device so many folks like to rag on, yet the DS makes that milestone look like nothing by literally doubling it up. Now that’s sales domination!

And don’t look now but the DSi is getting ready to launch across North America and Europe next month, so expect the units sold figure to spike upward in a big way over the coming months. In these harsh economic times, Nintendo sure must be happy it can just print money pretty much at will with the DS and Wii.

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