Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/12/ds_global_sales/

Nintendo shifts 100m DS consoles worldwide

Double the PSP's tally

By James Sherwood

Posted in Games, 12th March 2009 12:17 GMT

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. ®