Juan of Vivid Gamer writes: "The Nintendo DS has sold 50 million units in the United States and people are still buying the Wii."
pretty sure the 3ds is going to have a hard time topping the DS's success.
pretty sure no handheld will top the DS anytime soon
the 3ds is part of the ds family I can see them topping it at some point. The main drive in sales hasnt been from 3ds games as of yet. Its been of people buying the 3ds to also play their existing library of ds titles. A marketing angle Nintendo isnt really exploiting at the moment. Every DS, DSL, DSi, DSiXL and 3DS can play the same DS games. Talk about backwards, sideways, forwards and upside down compatibility.
That's what they said about DS vs. Game Boy Advance success. DS started off slow and really picked up steam. I supported DS, now 3DS. So it's really just 49,999,999 other purchases.....not too bad...lol.
Looking at the American numbers, I noticed that DS sales were down 64% from last year, but when you add DS and 3DS sales together in the US it's pretty damn close to what the DS sold last year in Sept. So the 3DS is obviously picking up the DS's slack. Maybe it's not all doom and gloom for the 3ds as some (including myself) had suggested previously.
Why would it be shocking to see DS sales down 64% from last year? Were you equally as shocked when PS1 sales were down after the PS2 was released? And only a fanboy bought into the 3DS being a flop. Anyone with a rational brain and knowledge in economics knew it wasn't going to flop.
Not surprising. The DS family was a great handheld. I still use mine regularly.
If I had one, I'm pretty sure I would only play Pokemon.
The DS was the last handheld I bought actually. I play it occassionally
Congratz Nintendo! Hopefully the 3DS can match those sales in a few years!
3ds will be success like the ds gata realize it means the original ds, ds lite, dsi and the dsi xl they are all apart of thet 50 million
Theyve Sold 150 million world wide
It is indeed unlikely we'll see a handheld sell as well as the DS anytime soon, mostly with alot of people playing games on smartphones/tablets/PMPs. While DS/PSP/3DS/Vita games have more depth than most phone games, you can't deny that alot of the people who bought a DS or a PSP last generation now have an iPhone or something similar, and don't plan on buying either the 3DS or the Vita. Let's not forget that the DS and the PSP got a lot of their sales from "casual" gamers. Times are changing, I highly doubt the Wii-U will come anywhere close to the Wii (not saying it won't sell well though), just like it's highly unlikely the PS3 will sell as much as the PS2 did.
Even if I did have a Iphone of some type of device other than a portable gaming device I wouldn't replace it for something like a PSV or a 3DS because they offer games that cannot be replicated in any way on a phone or tablet. Try playing games like Uncharted and UMVC3 on a phone.
Of course you won't find the same games on a phone, but a lot of people don't need these games. Out of the 150 million+ DS owners (well, probably less since some people have bought more than on DS in its lifetime), you probably have roughly 50% of them who just want to play cooking mama and tetris, which are games that will play just as well on a touchscreen. Phones are also starting to get s decent collection of turn based games, the War of Eustrath is, for example, a much better SRPG than so many other SRPGs I've found on the PSP or the DS. I'm not saying the 3DS and the Vita are doomed, as I believe they will both do great, but for many, a smartphone is enough.
The DS was a great little portable and it deserves to be at number 1
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