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Can The 3DS Surpass The DS?


As we head into the holiday buying season, Nintendo has declared that the 3DS system — which has been on the market for eight months — has now sold over 1.65 million units in the US. They're saying that this puts it on track to surpass the first-year sales of the original DS handheld which sold 2.37 million units between November 2004 and October 2005.

I was skeptical the 3DS could pull it off, but apparently the DS sold 50 percent of those units during the holiday time frame. And I suppose with major titles like Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 coming out, that could drive quite a few systems. I know one co-worker whose son has already decided that he wants a 3DS at the top of his Christmas list.

The other interesting thing in Nintendo's press release of sales figures is that that during October, they sold 250,000 Wiis. Seriously? Doesn't everyone already have one of those? That's amazing to me...


Dexter said:

It's good to see the 3DS finally picking up steam. I don't really know what Nintendo were thinking releasing the console with such a poor initial lineup of games. Mario 3DS Land and Mario Kart 3DS will go a long way to sorting out the teething problems. And tfor newer gamers there are already the very excellentports of Starfox and Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Personally, I'd like to see them make the console much, much thinner (the plastic bezel on the screen is serious overkill) and bring the battery life up to par with the iPhone.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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