DSi Sales Top 500,000 In Japan
Nintendo's DSi has sold 535,379 units in Japan since the new hardware launched on November 1st, despite constrained supply in its first weeks of availability, according to a report
from media and research company Enterbrain.
The system, which adds two built-in cameras, an SD card slot, and a download shop to the previous model, has outsold all other hardware in Japan every week since its debut, including Sony's PSP-3000, which launched less than a month prior.
The entire DS platform, which includes the DSi, DS Lite, and the original DS, has so far sold 24,239,590 units since the system first shipped in December 2004. The DS Lite makes up 17 million of those sales.
To compare, the DS platform has sold 27.63 million units in the U.S. and 32.99 million units in other territories, including Europe, as of September 30th, 2008.
According to previous statements from Nintendo representatives, the DSi will likely launch after April 2009 in the U.S., in spring 2009 in Europe, and in the second half of 2009 in Australia.
Most recently, Nintendo president and CEO "Satoru Iwata implied
that the company is looking to release the DSi in the West before autumn of next year.