While the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii fight with machismo for who will be king of the consoles, the dainty Nintendo DS Lite is already the queen with 10 million units sold in Japan. Famitsu says that the latest Japanese hardware sales figures point to the DS breaking this milestone in 61 weeks. It took the PS2 131 weeks.
Japan is hardly the only place where the DS reigns supreme. It's incredible to think how well the little system has sold in such a small amount of time. Yes, the DS sports solid games and goes after a diverse audience, but 61 weeks? One can argue that the PS2 doubled as a DVD player in many homes, so it makes sense why that, along with an amazing game library, would sell well. The DS Lite remains in short supply in Japan and 10 million is looking like a 5-minute pit stop to the system's final numbers.