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Old 11-11-2004, 04:33 PM   #1
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DS reaches 2 million pre-orders in japan alone...WOW!!

People in the land of the rising sun are going Dual Screen wild!

Nintendo DS launches on December 2nd over in Japan and pre-orders have gone sky high. According to a newspaper in Japan named Nikkei, over 2 million Nintendo DS preorders are being taken in at various retailers as we speak.

Nintendo announced fairly recently that they will only be shipping 1 million DS units in Japan by the end of the year 2004. Because of this, pre-orders could have to be stopped throughout retaielrs over the country, as the pre-orders have been almost twice as high as expected.


http://www.cube-europe.com/news.php?nid=7184

That is so SWEET!!
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Old 11-11-2004, 04:39 PM   #2
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Hell no! Thats AWFUL! I'd cry if I preordered one in japan only to find that out... Yeah! I'm 21... and I would!!!
But it goes to show how much the japanease want it... Now, for the US figures!?!
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Wow. That's really impressive. Lately I been getting in the DS by checking out the latest versions of Mario 64 and Metroid Hunters ect. I must say, graphically in motion the games like really nice.
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lol, excellent best Nintendo get hard at work on extra DS'
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Old 11-11-2004, 05:23 PM   #5
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So, errr, when does the DS Advance come out?
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Old 11-11-2004, 05:32 PM   #6
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Hey guys, maybe I'm having a blonde moment but wasn't the DS once going to come in a color combo? Like a black and platinum scheme? Maybe I'm just thinking of the GBA but the thought just came in my mind and wanted to see if maybe anyone else knew what I was talking about.
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Wow, very impressive!
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Old 11-11-2004, 05:37 PM   #8
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So, errr, when does the DS Advance come out?
As was thinking more about the DS SP !
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This is great news for Chad...
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Old 11-11-2004, 05:46 PM   #10
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Hey guys, maybe I'm having a blonde moment but wasn't the DS once going to come in a color combo? Like a black and platinum scheme? Maybe I'm just thinking of the GBA but the thought just came in my mind and wanted to see if maybe anyone else knew what I was talking about.

Nope only ds that was shown was the platinum retail version.

take a look at these mock- ups tho



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Old 11-11-2004, 05:47 PM   #11
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This is the whole report.

OSAKA (Nikkei)--Domestic orders for the Nintendo DS, a portable video game system to be released by Nintendo Co. (7974.TO) on Dec. 2, have reached 2 million, double the firm's initial plan, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported in its Friday morning edition.

The major manufacturer of home-use game machines and software began accepting orders for the DS at volume electronics retailers and convenience stores on Nov. 3.

To deal with the larger-than-expected demand, Nintendo plans to boost output quickly by outsourcing production to three sites in China, up from the current two. Although shipments by the end of the year will likely total slightly more than 1 million, the firm expects to fill the remaining orders at the start of next year.

Nintendo has revised up its worldwide sales projection for the DS for fiscal 2004 to 4 million units from 3.5 million.

With the DS, whose new features include two screens and touch input, the company aims to "expand the market by attracting customers who are not so familiar with" portable game machines, according to President Satoru Iwata.

Orders for the DS are substantially higher than those for Nintendo's current portable, the Game Boy Advance SP, which drew about 1.5 million orders in one month after its release.


For new game consoles, growth in sales immediately after their release is seen as the key barometer of future performance, including software sales. With the Sony Corp. (6758.TO) group's release of a portable gaming device in December expected to add to the competition, Nintendo plans to secure its competitive edge by further expanding orders.
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Old 11-11-2004, 06:10 PM   #12
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Hey guys, maybe I'm having a blonde moment but wasn't the DS once going to come in a color combo? Like a black and platinum scheme?
Yep, that's the standard retail version NDS. Platnum up the top and black at the bottom:



Anyway, that's a hell of a lot of pre-orders!
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Old 11-11-2004, 06:30 PM   #13
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So does this mean that if I were to go to a store in Japan on launch day without preordering a DS, that there is no way of me getting one until 2005?

If so that sucks for the Japanese casual gamer interested in it. But how is the PSP holding up in pre-orders in Japan? It comes out not long after the DS that month in Japan.
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Old 11-11-2004, 06:48 PM   #14
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The thing that bites the most about pre-ordering an anticipated system in Japan is that there is a set time that they take pre-orders, and they usually don't announce that time until a day or two before. There is virtually no way to make getting it a sure thing going through a retail store.
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Old 11-11-2004, 06:49 PM   #15
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At this point nobody cares about the psp, the ds is all that matters.
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