The month of December saw DS Lite hardware production go up a little.
The popularity of the DS Lite knows no bounds, so the only thing that's holding Nintendo back from selling a bajillion systems is that they can only manufacture X-amount of units every month. For the past few months, X equaled 2.2 million units for consumption worldwide.
Well, word on the street is Nintendo managed to turn up the speed dial on their DS assembly line a tad. For the month of December, 2.5 million Lites were born and sent off to retailers. The extra 300,000 handhelds is a pretty big number if you look at it from a $130-a-pop angle: That's an extra $39 million in gross sales for Nintendo for this month alone.
However, much like The Blob, that many extra DS Lites will just be consumed like it were nothing, especially in Japan. Nintendo's fiscal year sales goal is 20 million DS systems worldwide, and with production levels and demand as high as they are, they very well might cruise to their target with room to spare.