DS has peaked in Japan, says analyst

Friday, 4th April 2008 08:29 GMT By Patrick Garratt

According to this Kotaku piece, KBC Securities Japan analyst Hiroshi Kamide reckons that DS’s day has dawned, both in Japan and abroad.

“Casual gaming growth has been driven over the last three years by the Nintendo DS platform,” he said. “Demand has peaked in Japan, and we believe is currently peaking overseas. Compounded by a less robust retail environment, we expect to see a decline in the handheld sector.”

Kamide added: “The casual market looks more exposed to an economic downturn, due to its non-essential nature. The sector remains ‘hit-driven’, which provides a positive outlook for the companies with strong core title line-ups.”

DS was shown yesterday to be the biggest selling machine in Japan last year, having moved 6.34 million units.



  1. Tonka

    No Shit Sherlock achievement unlocked.

    #1 7 years ago
  2. patlike

    I haven’t really thought past DS, to be honest. A back compat DS 2?

    #2 7 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Four screens. It’ll be like a cube that you put around your head.

    Scratch and sniff?

    #3 7 years ago
  4. patlike

    They can’t really do what they did with Game Boy though, can they?

    What am I talking about. Of course they can. DS, DS-Lite, DS Advance, DS Colour, DS Umbongo…

    #4 7 years ago
  5. Tonka

    A cube with four sides?

    #5 7 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Your neck and the top of your head provide the remaining two sides, obviously.

    #6 7 years ago
  7. Tonka

    Obviously. I’d say leaving the back of the head screen-less would be more beneficial.


    #7 7 years ago
  8. Blerk

    But then how would you look behind you?

    #8 7 years ago
  9. patlike

    Mirrors. Two of them.

    #9 7 years ago
  10. Tonka

    The same way as you would look above you.

    #10 7 years ago
  11. morriss

    I want the DS Umbongo.

    #11 7 years ago

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