The Nintendo DS has become the best-selling video game system of all time in the United States, Nintendo announced today. The dual-screen portable device has sold a meager 47 million units since its 2004 launch.
Nintendo’s internal sales data also revealed that over 7 million Wiis were sold in the U.S. in 2010. As impressive as that is, it’s actually the third consecutive year it has happened, another U.S. sales record for a console. Total Wii sales in the U.S. now stand at over 34 million.
“When we look back at 2010, we see consumers time and again turning to the value and enjoyment of our products,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement to the press. “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 “new portable technology,” aka the Nintendo 3DS, which is scheduled for release in March, will have an impressive and daunting legacy to carry on, but based on just the little bit of what we’ve seen of the glasses-less 3D handheld thus far, all signs point to it being as successful, but most likely more successful, than its revolutionary predecessor. In fact, I predict over 78 3DSs will be sold worldwide by the end of the summer. They don't call me Jake "Bold Predictions" Gaskill just because I make up fake nicknames for myself.