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DSi sells 92,000 in two days

Tue 07 Apr 2009 9:03am GMT / 5:03am EDT / 2:03am PDT
Retail

Update: Chart-Track data shows flying start for new Nintendo handheld

Nintendo's DSi handheld sold 92,000 units in its first two days on sale in the UK, GamesIndustry.biz can reveal.

Retailers across the country had reported impressive pre-order figures for the new console, a technical upgrade of the DS Lite complete with motion sensitive cameras and supported by an online store.

The new console went on sale on Friday, and figures from official Chart-Track data add clarity to yesterday's revelation that the machine managed to outsell all other console hardware in the region combined.

The DSi retails in the UK for GBP 149.99.

Update: Chart-Track has now revised its figures for the DSi launch, down from 103,000 to 92,000 units.

5 Comments

Jim Webb
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I'm rather surprised it surpassed the launch sales of the DSLite model which many people feel was a bigger upgrade to the preceding model than the DSi is and it did so during a recession with a more saturated market.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jim Webb on 7th April 2009 1:14pm

Posted:5 years ago

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Dwain Hill

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^^ totally agree, especially when its almost the price of a 360 premium!

Posted:5 years ago

#2
I think it looks pants. Better go get yourself an ipod touch, some of the games on the app store are a lot of fun.

And it looks way better than the DSi:)

Posted:5 years ago

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Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

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I think the DS and Wii have both proven that graphic fidelity is only one factor in a sales purchase instead of THE factor as many were championing.

Posted:5 years ago

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I can't understand all the negativity around the DSi. As a consumer, I was crying out for *any* upgraded version of the DS. Its sold around 100m units worldwide, and I think its logical that something like 1 in 10 DS owners would be keen for any significant upgrade. That is an easy 10m sales right there.

As for the iTouch - I can't disagree more strongly. My wife got one for Xmas - and whereas she loved it for a while, its been sitting unused for ages. She has had a number of "crashes" on it, and struggles to upgrade the firmware via iTunes. This whole issue of having to connect to a PC to "sync" and get upgrades just isn't a good thing. We even had to upgrade our PC before she could use it at all (none of the PC requirements were mentioned on the box or elsewhere before we picked it out - I can't remember the last time I bought a product that *doesn't* work out of the box!).

My company was going to dive into iPhone game dev - but I'm very glad we haven't. I have some solid sales "horror" figures - in the long run, the only people going to make a lot of money out of the AppStore is Apple.

Posted:5 years ago

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