47 Million Nintendo DS Handhelds Sold in USA

Nintendo has celebrated the start of a New Year by announcing its latest two sales boasts--or "sales milestones," as it likes to call them--for the DS handheld and Wii.

The first boast is that the Nintendo DS family--all the way from regular DS to DSi XL--has together now sold over 47 million units in the US alone, which the company says "makes Nintendo DS the nation's best-selling video game system of all time."

The second "milestone" is that 2010 was the third year running when the Wii sold more than 7 million consoles. This is, we're told, "a feat never before accomplished in the history of video games by a home console." While this is not a "milestone" often trumpeted and we suspect Nintendo created the category so it might include a second figure in its latest annual milestone boast-o-rama, it's impressive none the less.

"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 the annoucement. "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 is, of course, the Nintendo 3DS--a handheld which creates stereoscopic 3D images without silly spectacles. It's slated to launch in March. While the US price has yet to be revealed, in Japan it'll cost the equivalent of around $300. Images of a supposed 3DS fresh from the production line recently surfaced.