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Europe Loves Nintendogs

by Robert Graves - November 28, 2005, 1:58 am PST
Total comments: 9 Source: Nintendo Press Release

According to the latest figures, there are now over 1 million virtual dog lovers in Europe. Bow wow!

Nintendogs Cements Nintendo's Position As Leader Of Handheld Video Games


1 Million Nintendogs sold across Europe


25th November 2005 – Nintendo has always led the way in innovation, ever since it first entered the handheld gaming arena over 25 years ago. As the end of 2005 approaches, not only do Nintendo continue to make the best selling handheld machines on the market, they are also expanding the gaming audience with total portable video game machine sales increasing year on year.


This year saw the launch of an all-new console, the Nintendo DS, with over 2 million consumers across Europe already having purchased one. For the last three weeks, sales of Nintendo DS exceeded 100,000 units per week, and last week alone sales topped 120,000 across Europe.


Hit releases like Nintendogs are also having a massive impact on Nintendo's hand-held popularity, reaching new gamers and creating an overnight phenomenon. Since its launch on October 7th in Europe, over 1 million copies of the game have been sold. Nintendogs has become like gold dust across Europe with stocks flying off shelves as soon as they arrive in store.


Mario Kart DS has now launched and is the first Nintendo game to offer Wi-Fi gaming through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. With the combination of Mario Kart fun and simple Wi-Fi play, sales of Nintendo DS are expected to accelerate into Christmas.


The Nintendo DS is available for around £89. Mario Kart DS is available now at the estimated retail price of around £30 and the Mario Kart Pak (including a copy of Mario Kart DS and a silver Nintendo DS) is available at the estimated retail price of around £99.


About Nintendo

Nintendo Co., Ltd. of Kyoto, Japan, is the acknowledged worldwide leader in the creation of interactive entertainment. To date, Nintendo has sold more than 2 billion video games worldwide and more than 350 million hardware units globally, creating such industry icons as Mario and Donkey Kong and launched franchises like The Legend of Zelda and PokÈmon. Nintendo manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home video game systems, including the Nintendo 64, NINTENDO GAMECUBE, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Game Boy – the world's best-selling video game system which has sold over 180 million units. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.


Talkback

KDR_11kNovember 28, 2005

Today I heard a bunch of old people (looking like a mother, a grandmother and a grandfather) complain about the Labrador&Friends version being sold out everywhere. On the shelf there was one stack of Dachshund&Friends and five stacks of Chihuahua&Friends. Obviously noone likes the Chihuahua and its friends (Rightfully so, IMHO, Nintendo put all the ugly dogs in that version).

RobageejamminNovember 28, 2005

but...I like my chihuahua...face-icon-small-sad.gif

mantidorNovember 28, 2005

I picked the Dashhund version because is the one with the siberian husky.

RennyNovember 28, 2005

Word. And the beagle!

GriffinNovember 28, 2005

I agree with Mantidor. The husky is the only reason I decided to buy the game in the first place.

NephilimNovember 28, 2005

funny how well it sold
when people wrote essays on how a puppy simulator wouldnt sell well in the western world, for reasons like us having gardens and other stupid reasons

PaLaDiNNovember 28, 2005

Yeah, the husky is the only reason I'm considering this "game".

Well, that and, my sister wants it.

mantidorNovember 28, 2005

too much petting, now my screen is scratched T_T

ah, but I love my little puppy anyway.

KDR_11kNovember 29, 2005

Makes me wonder... How did Mario Smash Football fare? I mean, today I've seen people crowd around the game next to an abandoned XBox 360 kiosk...

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