July 25th, 2006, 15:02 Posted By: wraggster
According to Nintendo, since its launch on November 24 2004, the DS has sold more than 21 million units. Apparently, that equates to 23 units per minute, or one-ish every two seconds.
Needless to say, Nintendo's pretty chuffed with itself, with NoA senior vice president George Harrison gushing, "We're thrilled to be announcing this milestone today, especially since Nintendo DS was North America's top-selling video game system of any type in June. We attribute this success to Nintendo's overall strategy of offering something for everyone - from five-year-olds caring for their Nintendogs to 65-year-olds tuning their mental agility with Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day."
With DS sales ballooning further, thanks to the recently released - and rather luscious - DS Lite, Nintendo has seen a revenue increase of 85 percent for the period of April to June this year, compared to the same timeframe in 2005. That, number crunchers, means a rise to 130.9 billion yen (1.1 billion USD), from 70.7 billion yen (605.9 million USD). Profits-wise, Nintendo has seen a Q1 increase of 10.2 percent from last year, with the figure rising from 14.1 billion yen (120.8 million USD) to 15.6 billion yen (133.6 million USD).
With Nintendo predicting its forthcoming Wii console will flog six million units between release and next March - alongside 17 million Wii games - things are looking rosy for the company right now. Reports that Satoru Iwata is going out for a curry with his mates to celebrate are currently unfounded.
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