Nintendo’s accounting for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 are done and with it comes some sad news. It looks like the Nintendo DS is being retired. The information can be found on the last page of the 15 page report. You just have to look at the DS hardware sales totals. When you look at the forecast for April 2013 – March 2014, there’s nothing there. We’ve had a good nine years together and we salute you.
Don’t be sad though. It had a good life. Nintendo Japan also released updated sales figures for all of its systems, accurate up until March 31, 2013. In those nine years, 153.87 million DS units were sold worldwide. That includes the original fat DS, the DS Lite and the DS XL. In addition, 933.69 million games were sold. It’s an impressive figure and means the DS was not only the best selling handheld Nintendo has ever released, but it’s best selling system overall in terms of both systems and games.
Nintendo also released updated DS game sales data. New Super Mario Bros. is still the top seller, overall, with over 30.38 million copies sold. Mario Kart DS comes in second at 23.34 million copies sold, and the Nintendogs trio in third with 23.94 million. Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Pokemon Diamond/Pearl, Pokemon Black/White, Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver, Super Mario 64 DS and Animal Crossing: Wild World round out the rest of the top 10 DS games in terms of sales.
The DS was truly a wonderful system, and probably the best handheld I have ever owned. I loved its diverse game library, filled with high quality games, and loved importing the ones that never made it outside of Japan. Well done Nintendo, on creating such a beloved unit, and let’s hope the 3DS continues to prove itself as a worthy successor. It’s sold 31.09 million units worldwide since its 2011 release, so it’s on the right track.
Update: Nintendo has told Destructoid that it will continue selling the DS, though it will not offer any sale forecasts yet.