Nintendo DS Orders Hit 2 Million In Japan

Pre-orders for the Nintendo DS which will be released on Dec. 2 in Japan have reached a total of 2 million. This doubles the firm’s initial plan for the handheld as Nintendo announced a few months ago they were expecting somewhere around a million units to shift on release day .

To deal with the larger than expected demand, Nintendo plans to boost output quickly by outsourcing production to three sites in China, up from the current two. Although shipments by the end of the year will likely total slightly more than 1 million, the firm expects to fill the remaining orders at the start of next year.

Nintendo has revised up its worldwide sales projection for the DS from 4 million units from 3.5 million for the fiscal year 2004. Orders for the DS are substantially higher than those for Nintendo’s current portable the Game Boy Advance SP, which drew about 1.5 million orders in one month after its release.