Nintendo DS Out to a Good Start in Europe
The DS surpasses the half-million mark
European gamers have taken quite a liking to Nintendo's new handheld. Following the Nintendo DS's March 11 launch, the console has sold over 500,00 units to date (accounting for 77% of all units ship to stores). Among the dozen-plus games shipped, Super Mario 64 DS and WarioWare Touched! have been the clear standouts, with the former selling over 250,000 copies.
Speaking on the DS's launch success, Senior Director of European Marketing, Jim Merrick, stated, "The launch of Nintendo DS in Europe has been a huge success. European gamers have embraced the Nintendo DS and have left no doubt that it is the new must have console! Nintendo set out to create a new way of hand-held gaming, offering an innovative and enjoyable experience and with the new Nintendo DS, we have certainly accomplished this. With many more great games launching soon, sales of Nintendo DS will just keep growing."
Not only accepted by fans, the Nintendo DS has also garnered praise from the European videogame industry. Edge Magazine gave it their "Hardware of the Year Award." The DS is available in stores across Europe at an estimated retail price of 99.99 pounds, with games ranging from 29.99 to 19.99 pounds.