DS breaks UK games console sales record

Nintendo DS has become the biggest-selling games hardware in UK chart history, surpassing 10 million units sold, MCV can reveal.

The device hit the milestone in week 47 of this year according to GfK-ChartTrack data, taking it past the record held by Sony’s PS2.

UK unit sales of PS2 stand at 10.02 million to date, whilst DS has already hit 10.05 million – with a bountiful Christmas period yet to finish.

DS has been on the UK market for just four years, eight months, having launched in March 2005. PlayStation 2 launched nine years ago in November 2000.

Nintendo DS has sold at a rate of over 5,700 consoles per day in the UK, where almost one in six people own one of the handhelds.

MCV revealed last week that Nintendo Wii had hit six million UK unit sales – becoming the fastest-selling home console in UK history.

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