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Nintendo DSi Smashes DS Lite's First Week Sales

Nintendo has revealed that the Nintendo DSi posted far higher sales during its first week of sale than its predecessor the DS Lite managed when it launched in 2006.

According to Nintendo's internal tracking numbers, a whopping 435,000 DSi units were sold in the first week of sale in the United States. In contrast, the DS Lite sold 226,300.

The third iteration of the Nintendo DS, the DSi slims the console, enlarges the screens and adds two cameras, at the price of removing its Game Boy Advance cartridge slot.

According to NPD data, Nintendo accounted for 58.4% of all hardware sales in March.

From The Chatty

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    April 16, 2009 6:38 PM

    Really? Who's buying a DS for $40 too much? Makes no sense.

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      April 16, 2009 7:02 PM

      People that want a bigger screen, better sound, 4x the ram, 2x the cpu speed, and an online store?

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        April 16, 2009 7:13 PM

        Interesting. Where did you get the hardware specs? Wonder what the significance of the processor memory increase is. Will there be DSi games that don't run on the Lite? That'd be lame. But somehow not surprising.

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          April 16, 2009 7:30 PM

          it'd be pretty surprising for a developer to give up the enormous DS install base just for slightly better graphics (which DS owners obviously don't care about)

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      April 16, 2009 7:09 PM

      People who never bought a DS Lite?

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      April 16, 2009 7:15 PM

      I have a DSi and it's absolutely fantastic. I didn't own a DS Lite but I did have a DS Chunk and this is a huge improvement. Given the choice between a Lite and paying $40 extra for the DSi, it's hard to pass up the improvements and potential future uses of the hardware specs and camera.

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        April 16, 2009 7:19 PM

        Same here, I am loving my DSi.

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          April 16, 2009 7:44 PM

          I owned a lite, bought the DSi for the cameras and the shop, I haven't been disappointed, I bought Brain Age Math for $8 (which I've always enjoyed), and Mixed Messages for $5 (which I pass around work for hilarious results), all the while still able to keep Rhythm Heaven in the cartridge slot for anytime gaming, plus, while slow and limited, I've been using the web browser from bed, for late night (mobile) facebook fun while the woman watches her shows...

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          April 17, 2009 12:06 AM

          I only returned mine because I bought a laptop first and I already have a DSLite, but I still want to get one around summertime.

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      April 16, 2009 7:34 PM

      Then don't buy it.

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      April 16, 2009 7:46 PM

      we and my wife both traded in our ds lites for dsi....and we love them.....hell i even traded in my psp so i can have alil extra funds for grand theft auto for my dsi

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      April 16, 2009 7:55 PM

      Thanks for letting us know.

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      April 16, 2009 8:22 PM

      I have a standard DS, and am seriously considering upgrading to the new DSi. If I used handhelds more I would already have one, but this is seriously making me reconsider.

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      April 16, 2009 8:32 PM

      New DS owner here. I just recently bought a DS lite instead of waiting for the DSi because it didn't seem worth the extra couple bucks.

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        April 17, 2009 8:30 AM

        i did the same... and now i'm enjoying it more than my 360. (playing chrono trigger newgame+, and have chinatown wars in the wings)

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      April 16, 2009 10:07 PM

      the ugly dude commercials are luring em in by the sack-full.