It seems that the only thing pegging back Nintendo’s remarkable sales achievements at the moment is its ability to get hardware on the High Street – but that hasn’t stopped the DS Lite smashing the UK weekly hardware sales record that it had set only the week before.
in the week ending December 1st Nintendo’s handheld sold 212,584 units – a fair chunk more than the previous weeks sales record of 191,104, according to sales data from UK stats body ChartTrack.
Until now the PS2 had been the long-standing record holder, following the 184,360 units it sold in Christmas week in 2001.
Nintendo UK’s general manager David Yarnton stated: With its wide appeal and unique software, Nintendo DS continues to expand the gaming audience and continues to appeal to everyone.
"The vast range of software being created for both avid gamers and new gamers of all ages has ensured a wide variety of unique titles are available. With New Touch! Generation title, Sight Training, and more traditional games like The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, we are looking forward to an exciting Christmas season.”
In addition to all of this, Nintendo’s other big success story, the Wii, sold over 100,000 units in the same week – and its total sales have now surpassed those of Microsoft’s Xbox 360, despite arriving on the market almost a year after Microsoft’s machine.