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April 18, 2008
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New data revealed by weekly chart compilers Media Create, as translated by consumer website IGN, shows that total Nintendo DS software sales in Japan have now passed the 100 million unit mark in the console’s home territory. The milestone figure was reached in just three years and five months - compared to four years and three months for the PlayStation 2. Other data revealed by Media Create shows that 922 Nintendo DS titles have been released in Japan so far, of which twenty-one have sold more than one million units. All of the top ten selling games are published by Nintendo themselves or affiliate The Pokemon Company. The number one selling game is New Super Mario Bros. with a total of 5,174,163 units sold so far. The game is still at number twenty in the current software sales charts, despite being originally released almost two years ago. All the other titles have enjoyed similar longevity, with the second best-selling title being More Brain Training (aka Brain Age 2). The two-and-a-half-year-old title is currently at number forty-eight in the charts with 4,835,159 units sold to date. The third highest-selling title is Animal Crossing: Wild World (current chart position: twenty-two) on 4,693,662 units, followed by Brain Training (aka Brain Age) on 3,771,440 units and Mario Kart DS (current chart position: sixteen) on 3,042,753 units. Pokemon Diamond (current chart position: forty-five) has sold 3,005,505 units and Pokemon Pearl 2,490,564. Combined sales of the two variants of what is essentially the same game total 5,496,069 units - exceeding the total of New Super Mario Bros. The remaining top ten best-selling games are English Training DS on 2,216,322 units, Mario Party DS (current chart position: nineteen) on 1,706,506 units and Big Brain Academy on 1,654,285 units.
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David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.
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