Nintendo is near its goal of a million units worldwide.
Nintendo announced today that it has sold roughly half a million units in Japan, bringing global sales of its new handheld over its goal of one million units.
Japanese gamers purchased 460,000 Nintendo DS since its release five days ago (81% of the 570,000 systems available), while another 50,000 units are still being reserved for customers at retail outlets.
Nintendo spokesman Ken Toyoda expressed Nintendo's satisfaction with Nintendo DS's performance in Japan, stating that some unsold units are to be expected and can be partially attributed to retailer's control of the product supply.
Reuters notes that Sony aims to ship 500,000 PSP units in Japan when it launches next week—Nintendo and Sony will likely have similarly-sized Japanese user bases at the year's end.