DS Conference Round Up

Next Gen have reported that Nintendo has announced plans to further market its DS handheld to a broader audience, confirming mobile browser Opera for the machine (read our report here) as well as a TV tuner. The company also says 10 million sales of the unit will be achieved by the end of this year.

At its annual DS conference earlier today, Nintendo said Opera would be sold for DS for 3,800 yen ($32). The company demonstrated the ease of use of the browser, using DS’ pen. Nintendo also announced a Digital TV tuner card for the Japanese market. No release date has been provided yet. Today’s conference was also very focused on DS’ Wi-Fi capabilities. Nintendo revealed that 900,000 users have experienced this feature and more than 22 millions accesses have been recorded since the launch of this service for the DS.

The company has also confirmed the DS is the fastest-selling hardware unit in the history of the Japanese video game industry. Nintendo has revised the number of units sold it announced at the end of 2005, up from five million to six million.

CEO Satoru Iwata predicted that sales would reach 10 million by the end of this year adding that there appears to be no let-up in demand. “Our Nintendo DS portable game consoles have hit six mlllion unit sales in just 14 months since the launch in December 2004,” Iwata said. “This clearly shows that we have so far been successful in expanding our base of game users, we now aim to sell 10 mlllion units domestically before the end of this year.

During the latest 10 weeks, software sales have doubled to reach a total of 18 million copies. In the last year, seven titles have sold more than a million copies. Mario Kart DS hit a million in less than a month and Oideyo Dobutsu no Mori has already sold more than two million copies. A new game was also unveiled Tetris DS. This DS version enables up to 8 players to enjoy the game in network. It will be released in April.

Source Next-Gen