Nintendo DS Sales Surpass GameBoy

By Jordan Douglas on May 6, 2010, 10:53AM EST
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Nintendo has revealed that the DS handheld device has surpassed its predecessor, the GameBoy, in worldwide life-to-date sales. The DS has reached over 129 million units in its short lifespan, compared to the GameBoy which hit 118 million over two decades. These figures place the DS at the top of all time handheld sales, not surprisingly, Nintendo continues to dominate the market.

According to the company: "Inspite of lower unit sales versus last year, "Nintendo DS" life-to-date unit sales have surpassed the "GameBoy" series, which was released in 1989 and became the biggest selling handheld gaming device worldwide."

"Regarding "Nintendo DS" software sales, "Pokémon Heart Gold Version / Soul Silver Version" and "The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks" sold 8.4 million units and 2.61 million units respectively. In addition, "Tomodachi Collection," which was released in Japan, has achieved long-term popularity and sold 3.2 million units."

Look for more information on Nintendo's newest handheld, the 3DS, at E3 next month.

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