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Nintendo: Nintendo DS Crosses 50 Million Units Sold And Other Amazing Nintendo NPD Numbers

According to this months NPD figures lifetime sales of the Nintendo DS family of systems have surpassed 50 million units. Nintendo sold more than 260,000 Nintendo 3DS portable entertainment systems, an increase of more than 10 percent from the previous month. Nintendo has sold nearly 450,000 units of Nintendo 3DS following a price reduction on August 12th.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D became the first Nintendo 3DS title to surpass 500,000 total units sold in the United States.
  • Nintendo sold more than 647,000 total hardware units in September, including 240,000 Wii systems and more than 145,000 units of the Nintendo DS family.
  • The 273 million software units sold for the Nintendo DS family equates to more than 107,000 games being sold per day, every day for almost seven years. More than 273 million units of software have been sold for the platform in the United States, including 24 of the top 25 and 43 of the top 50 best-selling portable games in this hand-held generation.

“The Nintendo DS forever changed the gaming landscape, and the fact that consumers continue to embrace the platform is a testament to its value and mass appeal.Our hand-held story continues with the Nintendo 3DS system, which just had its second consecutive month of growth and enters its first holiday season with a monster lineup of games, including Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.”

– Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing.

36 thoughts on “Nintendo: Nintendo DS Crosses 50 Million Units Sold And Other Amazing Nintendo NPD Numbers”

  1. Can’t wait for mariokart 7.

    Releases on Dec. 4.
    Birthday on Dec. 6.

    Two days after release and it shall be all mine. WFC will be so frigging epic!!!

    1. lolnowaiz, my birthday is the same day.
      But I’m not sure if I really want it all that much. It doesn’t really have too many multiplayer capabilities like other Mario Kart games.

    1. im responsible for 4 here -_- 3 before the price reduction. yay O.o

      I could have sworn the DS units had surpassed 50 million units sold a long time ago. Are these figures only America?

      1. I’m responsible for five so umm… yay! (1 DS phat, 2 DS lite, 1 DSi and one DSi XL)

        Also yeah it’s America only, worldwide it’s more like 148.6 million.

    2. Me too, I’m responsible for 2 Nintendo DS systems. About over 50 DS games. 1 Nintendo 3DS system and about 20 3DS games.

      So in return, please release Xenoblade, Last Story and Pandora Tower in the U…S…A….PLEASE…….PLEASE…..

      Not to mention I also have 2 Wii systems and about 100 games…
      SO……..PLEASE…..Release it, you will have my full support. You have my words.

  2. now give us a realease date for the WII U and the next smash bros and i’ll be satisfied.. .oh w8, and the next zelda game… (i’m already getting skyward sword)

  3. But apparently Nintendo is always doomed. In all seriousness, those are huge numbers. 3DS sales are going up every month and even though “it has no games.” I just saw the sales figure for Japan and both the PSP and PS3 have had big releases, yet the 3DS took the crown yet again with no games in the top 10.

    The 3DS is about to enter its first holiday season with some major games, and things look better by the minute. Aside from Mario 3D and Mario Kart, I’m also eager to pick up Need for Speed the Run and Ace Combat. I’ve yet to pick up Star Fox; I’ve been really busy these days, so I haven’t had the chance, but it’s on my list.

    The day Super Mario 3D Land comes out, that’s when they should advertise the 3DS like hell! And no more crappy CG videos like the first one they had with SSF4 3D because they don’t don’t really show anything. Instead, it should be like the games are popping out of the screen or something like the video they showed last year. It should be something that tells the average consumer that it’s not a DS, it’s a 3DS.

        1. He said if support continues which means if they continue to sell well then it’ll have a lead and keep it. I’m sure the vita will sell well also but its gonna miss that holiday season rush which is pretty important. I know I’m getting one :)

      1. Yeah, I remember the PSP beating the DS in early sales. It didn’t last long and the PSP was then left to die everywhere else but Japan. Even with Monster Hunter, it couldn’t catch up.

        The Vita will do better than the 3DS when it launches because of initial demand. It will suffer though thanks to Sony and their absurd way of promoting their systems and games. Most launch titles for the Vita will be on the PS3 as well, so right there they’ve narrowed the install base of the Vita. Then it’s the fact that the Vita doesn’t have a UMD drive anymore. If you bought your PSP games off the PSN, then you’re good. The rest that got the physical media would have to rebuy those games if they want to play them if the games are available. Even if it’s like that, you need to buy a new proprietary memory card. The expensive memory card that you bought for your PSP is obsolete now. You need to buy a new one for your Vita and will not be used on anything else. Moreover, you would need to buy the big one since games will be between 2-4 GBs for the retail games.

        As for your comment of the 3DS being a new system, the PS2 kicked the 360’s and PS3’s butts when they came out. Being new has nothing to do with being accessible. A lot of people, especially outside of Japan, got burned by the PSP and the my tech-head friends are not even considering the Vita, though they are waiting for Kid Icarus Uprising.

        1. i think sony already announced a UMD reader or something, i read it at and the being new thing is really like you said not a big deal, but if there’s a lot of hype then most of the time the console does sell well at launch. but i honestly believe Sony would probably would pay more attention on this device than ever, but in reality it depends on the developers.

          1. They haven’t announced anything. They asked fans what peripherals they would like to have for the Vita. A UMD reader was one of them. There was also a battery pack thing and an HDIM port. The battery pack is actually nice for early adopters, but the HDMI port is crap. If you’re going to connect the Vita to a TV, why not have a PS3 which will look better?

            Sony also said that they would put a lot of emphasis on the PSP, but they fell short. In fact, I think it was last year at E3 (2010) that they said they would have a campaign to advertise the PSP. They had that Marcus kid in the ads. This was after Sony had said their main target wasn’t kids, yet they used a kid for their “hardcore” platform. They also did nothing but bash phone games instead of giving strength to their system. There was also a lot of hype surrounding the Xperia phone with buttons and “dual sticks,” yet even that fell short on expectations. Their problem is that they try to add to many features to their system, but they fall short on the one thing that people buy these things for, gaming.

  4. doesnt matter cuz 3D iz a gimmik an nintendo will fail


    In all seriousness, I’m happy for Nintendo; athough, I really hope they’re preparing at this second for the Wii U’s release. It is going to be crucial to getting back lost fans from these past stumbling blocks. Great first and third party launch titles and even some bundles would be awesome.

  5. wii give a lot to nintendo but nintendo dont think about thay dont care about what wii want for next consoles they just make the same n the same i never get satisfied with consoles or games they are awsome but not satisfied i hope wii u will give what the 3ds didnt give i have a 3ds i liked but needs more :/

  6. “lifetime sales of the Nintendo DS family of systems have surpassed 50 million units.”

    Lol, what? Nintendo sold more than 150 million DS consoles, not 50 million.

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