Nintendo will continue to support full Nintendo DS line in Europe

Tuesday, 2nd November 2010 18:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said the company will continue to support the existing DS line in Europe despite the impending release of 3DS next year.

This is despite the decline in software sales in the region, which Iwata blames mainly on piracy.

“Already in next year, we will launch Nintendo 3DS, but for the existing Nintendo DS family of devices, while we’ll intensify the legal and technical countermeasures against the likes of [piracy devices] MagiCom, we’d like to change the situation by creating hit titles by leveraging, upon the already existing huge installed base of the hardware,” Iwata told investors.

Iwata used Art Academy as an example of a game within the region which “launched with higher than expected sales” along with Professor Layton and the Unwound Future doing just as well as other games in the franchise.

At least until the install base becoming larger for 3DS, or it gets a higher than expected adoption rate.

3DS launches in Japan on February 26, 2011. It’ll release in the US and Europe in March.



  1. DBZ0wnz

    yeah but you can forget about America and Oceania lol.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. typeface

    In a sense he can blame piracy (the old kind where people actually paid for said pirated goods) because there’s plenty of people who buy carts off of ebay that can only be played on DS and DSlites.
    Considering people pay anything between £5-£30 for these fake carts that’s a pretty sizeable chunk (considering that you can get most non-mario titles for between 12-18 after a while).

    #2 4 years ago
  3. frostquake

    All I hear is how bad Piracy is on the DS and PSP…I have NEVER pirated any game ever, but when a developer makes a Triple A game for the Hand-helds, and they get pirated to the tune of 50 pirated games to 1 actual sold game..then I understand…Sad really…I am loving God of War: Ghost of Sparta on my really shines, but RAD said they really didn’t even want to make another PSP game, seeing how 95% of owners of this game will own Pirated copies.

    Just wonder how many Great PSP or DS games have been considered or new IP that just gets canned due to Piracy?

    #3 4 years ago

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