LtD Nintendo DS hardware numbers surpass Game Boy sales

Thursday, 6th May 2010 08:41 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Life-to-date DS sales numbers are now beyond those of Game Boy.

Latest DS numbers, released in the company’s full-year financial report this morning, have lifetime sales at 129 million: Game Boy sold over 118 million units worldwide in its 21 year history.

Game Boy launched in Japan in April 1989, with an European release in September 1990. Its biggest-selling title was Tetris at 30 million units, with its Pokemon games – Red, Blue and Yellow – having combined sales of 31 million.

The last SKU release of the handheld was Micro, shipping in September 2005 in Japan, before launching in Europe two months later.

Get the full report here.



  1. DJ Deathstar

    Why is there a pic of a gameboy advance rather then the actual gameboy?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Anders

    I’d guess that the figures account for sales of all GameBoy iterations, much like the DS-numbers include sales from DSi XL, DSi, DS Lite and the original DS.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. DJ Deathstar

    Nah they don’t include gameboy advance because it was a new system, this counts gameboy and gameboy colour sales

    The Game Boy and Game Boy Color combined have sold 118.69 million units worldwide.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Old MacDonald

    Seems the article text is wrong too, then, as it mentions the Micro (which can’t play original Game Boy games).

    #4 5 years ago
  5. DJ Deathstar

    Yeah all the versions of the advance sold 81.5 million between them

    So overall from gameboy to DS Nintendo has sold like 330 million

    #5 5 years ago

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