There are twenty days left in 2007, but that’s no matter for Nintendo, as today they have declared a victory for the Nintendo DS as the top-selling video game system for the year.
But with more than six million units sold across the United States through November 30th, at a rate of one every five seconds, perhaps they have room to boast, with sales increasing every year since the one-time underdog portable’s launch in 2004.
“There’s no letup in sight,” says George Harrison, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. “Nintendo DS appeals strongly to both core and casual gamers, and its momentum is set to propel us into 2008.”
Before 2007, the DS’s little brother, the Game Boy Advance, had held the record for most sales in a year through the end of November with 600,000 in 2005, but the DS went on to topple it with 50,000 more. Not quite a crushing victory, but still noteworthy all the same, especially since the system likely has a few years left ahead of it still.
Nintendo credits the swift sales to the likes of their varied lineup, including such titles as Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario Bros., Pokemon Diamond, and Super Mario 64 DS, selling over 2 million a piece, while other movers and shakers like Pokemon Pearl, Brain Age, Animal Crossing, Big Brain Academy, and the various versions of Nintendogs have all cleared the 1 million mark.