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Nintendo DS sales have topped a whopping 100m units worldwide, the videogames giant has claimed.

The figure’s a combination of sales for all the DS variants: the original DS, released back in November 2004, the DS Lite, which appeared in 2006, and the DSi - which was only launched into Japan in November last year and won’t arrive in the UK until next month.

"Consumers have shown their love for Nintendo DS - 100m times over," gushed Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime.

By comparison, Sony said last month that - as of late January - it had shifted 50m PlayStation Portables worldwide. The first PSP launched in Japan during December 2004, a month after the DS.

But DS sales still have some way to go before they overtake those of another classic Nintendo handheld - the Game Boy. It’s sold just under 120m units worldwide, but has had a significant head start on the DS, of course - Nintendo released the original Game Boy back in 1989. ®

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