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Nintendo Sells 50 Million DS Systems in the US

Alongside the news, Nintendo revealed over half a million copies of Ocarina of Time 3D have been sold.

September was a big month for Nintendo in the US. How big? Nintendo moved nearly 650,000 pieces of hardware. The DS reached the major sales milestone of 50 million units in the US. The 3DS is selling better than ever, having sold 260,000 units last month, a number Nintendo suggests is a 10% increase over August. Perhaps the most shocking number is for the Wii. Without any major title releases or any major marketing push, the Wii sold 240,000 units in September. Click through to see more Nintendo sales figures for last month.

Alongside the massive milestone for the DS family, Nintendo also revealed that between all the DS models available, 145,000 total units were sold. As of last month, over 273 million pieces of software have been sold for the DS in the US. Averaging out software sales for the platform shows that over 107,000 games have been sold each day for the past seven years. The DS has also been home to 24 of the top 25 best-selling games in the US, as well as 43 of the top 50 in this handheld generation.

Press Release

Nintendo DS Crosses 50 Million Units Sold

The best-selling video game system in U.S. history reached another milestone in September: Lifetime sales of the Nintendo DS™ family of systems have surpassed 50 million units, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States.

“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,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “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.”

Other Nintendo milestones reached in September include:

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 Aug. 12.
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.



Jason Ross Senior Editor

10/14/2011 at 12:09 AM

That's a lot of DSs! Seriously. I didn't realize Nintendo dominated the handheld market in the US by that much. Aside from that, I get the feeling they released this bit of PR to inspire confidence in retailers. I'd say it seems like pretty effective news.

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Press Release

Nintendo DS Crosses 50 Million Units Sold

The best-selling video game system in U.S. history reached another milestone in September: Lifetime sales of the Nintendo DS™ family of syst...


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