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Nintendo DS Claims Top Seat As World's Most Popular Gaming System

By Kevin on Dec 19 2012 08:04 AM
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The popular video game industry and research analysis website, VGChartz (Video Game Charts), has an updated hardware sales chart, which reveals some interesting data. In terms of sales, Nintendo's first dual-screen handheld system, Nintendo DS, has claimed the number one spot as the world's most popular gaming system.

Since its debut on November 21st, 2004, it has sold a whopping 153.69 million units worldwide. That's one DS for every stray dog and cat in North America, folks. Throughout its lifetime, the Nintendo DS has seen an array of different colors and a total of four models, including the original. Below is the most recent sales data for hardware units (in millions) from VGChartz, as of December 8th, 2012.

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Source: VGChartz, via Nintendo Life


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Wow that's pretty amazing! But I'm also shocked at the vista. Sony must be really shocked at that as well. I hope they pull out of the handheld market because right now Nintendo is shinning in that department and it's the one place where all support from third parties can go. It's hard enough for developers to have 3 different consoles to choose from, but when it comes to handheld, Nintendo will always have the upper hand.
Well even though it is not by much, i'll take it. It is nice to see these numbers. It reassures the fans that Nintendo is a worthwhile company. It also helps the haters see that they are missing out on something grand.
Yippie DS rules the roost when it comes to handhelds. :)
Way to go Nintendo. I love my DS lite, still play it.
The white DS Lite is still such a beautiful handheld electronic device. But you've got to hand it to Nintendo, they're not resting on their laurels. They came up with the 3DS and it's changing the way we play. Smartphones and tablets just can't deliver the kind of gaming experience that a Nintendo handheld can. They're totally different.

View PostTaliZorah, on 19 December 2012 - 09:59 AM, said:

Wow that's pretty amazing! But I'm also shocked at the vista. Sony must be really shocked at that as well. I hope they pull out of the handheld market because right now Nintendo is shinning in that department and it's the one place where all support from third parties can go. It's hard enough for developers to have 3 different consoles to choose from, but when it comes to handheld, Nintendo will always have the upper hand.
I would like to challenge TaliZorah's opinion that Sony should leave the handheld market. I'm a strong advocate for lots of competition between video game companies. When they compete, the players win. I remember the devastation caused by Sega leaving the console and handheld business. So many friends and family members were heartbroken about it. Many people still are. It can shake the entire video game industry down to the players themselves when something like that happens. The Vita is actually really cool (The screen is so crispy clear! The entire back is touch-sensitive!) and the reasons I don't buy one is simply that it is both expensive and it doesn't look like it will have the games I like to play. I'm a Nintendo fan, what can I say? :blush:

The world is a very different place economically. Nintendo has been the first to brave this new economic landscape in both the handheld and now the console markets. The 3DS had a shakey start, but the games came and the players followed, most of them thought they'd be playing Animal Crossing New Leaf by now, but that's another topic all-together! Perhaps the Vita is experiencing the same slow start.

Critics doubt the 3DS will surpass the DS in sales, citing just how much the world has changed, but I don't know. Anything can happen.

View PostPastaFriend, on 11 January 2013 - 11:53 PM, said:

I would like to challenge TaliZorah's opinion that Sony should leave the handheld market. I'm a strong advocate for lots of competition between video game companies. When they compete, the players win. I remember the devastation caused by Sega leaving the console and handheld business. So many friends and family members were heartbroken about it. Many people still are. It can shake the entire video game industry down to the players themselves when something like that happens. The Vita is actually really cool (The screen is so crispy clear! The entire back is touch-sensitive!) and the reasons I don't buy one is simply that it is both expensive and it doesn't look like it will have the games I like to play. I'm a Nintendo fan, what can I say? :blush:

Compition is good since it does inspire them to work harder to please the gamer/consumer. But not at the cost of the company. It just doens't look like there is a market for the system and there are hardly any awe inspiring games for the visit and sadly it's a crash cricle since gamers don't want to buy due to lack of games, and developers don't want to develop due to lack of hardware sales.

The 3DS had a much better Launch line up then the DS did IMO and that helped it get out the door. The WiiU had the best launch line up for any system but as you stated the economy has an impact on sales as well.

We'll just have to see what E3 brings us. But I wouldn't mind if Nintendo was the sole handheld. I got the PSP and wasn't happy with it. But we'll have to just see what happens.