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"GBA DS thumping the PSP in the UK...."

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Wed 09/11/05 at 16:07
Posts: 18,185
Apparently. Recent hardware figures have shown a massive surge in DS sales. Surpassing the PSP rather dramatically. Take a gander:

22-29 October:
NDS: 30,000
GBA SP: 15,500
PSP: 12,900

14-21 October:
NDS: 23,035
GBA SP: 10,034
PSP: 8,000

6-13 October:
NDS: 24,492
PSP: 18,723
GBA SP: 8,799


Two fundemental reasons. One being that the PSP is suffering major shortages and consumers are heading elsewhere and the recent release of Nintendogs has seen a rather nice DS rise.

Of course those still concerned for the DS will be aware that the new GTA is out soon... and we all know what that does.

Not that Nintendo are worried of course. the GBA Micro, released last week, will certainly do the bussiness...

And it isn't as if GTA is the only big handheld release this christmas. Both wi-fi and Mario Kart are still to come.

This all bodes very well for the Revolution.

Wed 16/11/05 at 19:22
Posts: 18,185
Notorious Biggles wrote:
> Agreed, I think the main reason is the price. And that's no bad thing
> really because the more the DS sells the more likely people will be
> to buy one.

And they can justify it by saying they're getting something a little bit different.

More accurate sales figures can be found at Pretty much the same but bad bad times for the Gamecube and X-box.
Wed 16/11/05 at 19:20
Posts: 18,185
er-no wrote:
> It'll be very interesting to see how the DS fairs against the PSP Xmas
> sales week.
> Hmmm

Wed 16/11/05 at 11:57
"I love yo... lamp."
Posts: 19,577
Agreed, I think the main reason is the price. And that's no bad thing really because the more the DS sells the more likely people will be to buy one.
Tue 15/11/05 at 18:01
"What's basketball?"
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I think the main reason for the DS and GBA outselling the PSP is the price. The DS is a mere £100(give or take a penny) while the PSP is £180(same here). Most parents these days are oblivious of the gaming community, so they will more likely go for the cheaper one.

Another good reason are obviously the games. The DS is open to a wider market. For example, the DS is looking forward to more RPGs- such as Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time, Final Fantasy 3, Xenosaga, Tales and Baten Kaitos. It's this kind of variety that keeps people interested. Sure, the PSP will have many more great games in addition to it's already fantastic list; but Ninty- unlike Sony- aren't afraid to take risks. They aren't afraid to try something new. Ninty's games are for "everyone"- PSP usually limit their audience.

Many may just want a DS for it's features. While each of them have been done before indivisually, together the features offer something "brand new"! I'm not saying this puts people off the PSP. A game system is only as good as its games. What I am suggesting is that people could prefer the way that certain games make use of the hardware, ie. Trauma Center.

Anywooo, that's all I have to say... 'bout that.(I'm on a Forrest Gump frenzy!)
Tue 15/11/05 at 09:49
"The Will of D."
Posts: 5,643
Little kiddies want a Gameboy or DS this christmas, so the least expensive option is GBA SP.
Tue 15/11/05 at 09:13
Posts: 10,009
Gosh GBA SP outselling the PSP, that's a surprise!
Tue 15/11/05 at 08:51
"Jog on, sunshine"
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Keroro Gunsou wrote:
> I think the figures are being read wrong, for starters anyone who
> thinks that someone looking to buy a PSP will then go buy a DS
> because they cannot get a PSP is insane, what is happening is that
> the PSP buyers are waiting - if Sony release more units then sales
> will rocket. The DS is selling because until this week it has been
> easy to obtain as many as retailers want.

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Tue 15/11/05 at 04:36
Posts: 33,481
Especially considering some of the more practical points:

Hedfix wrote:
> If I had kids I'd buy them something they could fold up so they
> couldn't damage the screen.
> I certainly wouldn't get them a PSP.
> and as we all know kids don't bother putting things back properly so
> carrycases probably wouldn't work either.
Tue 15/11/05 at 04:23
"everyone says it"
Posts: 14,738
It'll be very interesting to see how the DS fairs against the PSP Xmas sales week.

Wed 09/11/05 at 21:27
"The Will of D."
Posts: 5,643
Yeah I was unsure about which console I first wanted back when all I had was a measly Gameboy Colour, and it was christmas time so i was given a choice, either a PS1 or an N64, I chose N64 naturally (after about 10 minutes of thinking) but I would have gone for the other side just as easily if there were no more N64 left in that same woolies store I now work in. Or if I wanted a PS1 but there we're I still would have decided on the N64.

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