Nintendo's handheld DS videogame system has sold more than 47 million units in the United States since the original model debuted in November 2004, according to the company's internal sales figures. In a press release sent out late yesterday afternoon, Nintendo declared victory: With those numbers, the DS is now the best-selling videogame system in U.S. history. Not just a hit in the U.S., the system has sold more than 135 million units around the world. The only other handheld systems that come close to the Nintendo DS' worldwide sales are the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance, all Nintendo products.
The milestone couldn't have come at a better time for Nintendo as the company is working to build excitement around the release of the new Nintendo 3DS in March. Very few details about the new handheld system have been leaked, but we know that it promises to deliver a 3D experience to users without requiring special glasses.
"When we look back at 2010, we see consumers time and again turning to the value and enjoyment of our products," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "When we look ahead to 2011, we see new portable technology and more great Wii games that need to be seen to be believed." That second part included in the press release as Nintendo was also celebrating a third consecutive year with sales of the Wii home console topping seven million in the U.S., "a feat never before accomplished in the history of video games by a home console."