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Nintendo Sells 21 Million DS's, Announces Game Lineup, Raises Profit Forecast

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Posted by Jeremy on July 26, 2006 8:37 AM
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It seems the only video game news these days is from Nintendo. Nintendo has announced that since the Nov. 21, 2004 launch of the Nintendo DS, over 21 million units have sold. Breaking down the numbers, Nintendo claims that the rate is 23 systems per minute or one every two seconds. They are quick to point out that, "by comparison, Apple shipped one million...iPod music players in its first 19 months." In a related story, largely due to the success of the DS, Nintendo raised its profit forecast 28%, which helped to raise Asian markets. Finally, Nintendo announced its game lineup for the rest of the year (minus the Wii of course). We're most excited for 'Clubhouse Games', a compilation of party games including checkers, backgammon, darts, billiards, etc. These games can be played with up to 7 other people or online via Nintendo WiFi. Very fun.

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Nintendo delivers on its promise to bring video gaming to the masses. In less than two years since its Nov. 21, 2004 launch, Nintendo has sold more than 21 million Nintendo DS™ systems worldwide. By comparison, Apple® shipped one million of its ever-popular iPod® music players in its first 19 months. The rate of Nintendo DS units being sold equates to 23 systems per minute – that's nearly one every two seconds – non-stop since launch.

"We're thrilled to be announcing this milestone today," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications, "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."

Nintendo recently launched the new version of its popular portable system, DS Lite, featuring a smaller profile and more brilliant display. Beyond appealing attributes such as dual screens, a touch screen, a microphone and seamless Wi-Fi play, DS popularity also is being propelled by a unique mix of software that appeals equally to mainstream players and those new to the category.

The Touch Generations line of fun and accessible games for all ages and skill sets features the red-hot Brain Age™: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day and Big Brain Academy™, as well as the enormously popular and innovative Nintendogs™. Nintendo DS sales success is also supported by video gaming sensations, New Super Mario Bros.® and Animal Crossing®: Wild World.

To satiate the video gaming palates of the 21 million Nintendo DS owners worldwide, Nintendo continues to increase its software offerings with Star Fox® Command, Mario vs. Donkey Kong™ 2: March of the Minis, Clubhouse Games™ and more games launching in the months ahead. Nintendo DS and DS Lite owners currently enjoy more than 130 Nintendo DS software titles – and 880 Game Boy® Advance software titles in single play mode – all playable on their portable DS systems.




July 25, 2006 - The fourth quarter of 2006 will herald a new era for Nintendo with the launch of its remarkable new Wii™ home video game system. But that's not what this news item is about! How could that be, you ask? Perhaps the secret to the launch information for Wii is somehow encoded in the text of this news item. You might want to pore over it for a few hours before staying up all night to debate phraseology and comma placement with your friends online. Or maybe it's all just a scam to get you to read the other games we have launching this fall. One of the two.

As the weather cools down, the Nintendo portable game offerings heat up. FINAL FANTASY® V ADVANCE makes its way to Game Boy® Advance SP on Nov. 6. As series go, FINAL FANTASY is to video games what James Bond is to movies. FINAL FANTASY loyalists will enjoy an opportunity to debate which installment was best.

Nintendo DS™ owners are the big winners. Every week or so, another huge DS title hits, from the Touch Generations title Clubhouse Games™ to fan favorites like Elite Beat Agents™ and Yoshi's Island™ 2. Clearly a gamer's idea of paradise, here is Nintendo's upcoming DS lineup:

Oct. 9: Clubhouse Games™
Oct. 16: Nintendogs™ (Dalmatian)
Oct. 23: Magical Starsign™
Oct. 30: Pokémon® Ranger
Oct. 30: Children of Mana®
Nov. 6: Elite Beat Agents™
Nov. 13: Yoshi's Island™ 2
Dec. 4: Custom Robo™ Arena
Dec. 4: Kirby™ Squeak Squad

And, for Nintendo GameCube™ owners, The Legend of Zelda®: Twilight Princess will be available for you this fall. An enhanced version also will be a launch title for Wii. That will all happen on … Oh look, we're out of space.

For more information about all of Nintendo’s upcoming titles, please visit www.nintendo.com.

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