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« on: January 26, 2005, 09:27:47 PM »

I found this interesting article about the bumper 2004 that the interactive entertainment industry had and in particular how Nintendo shipped over 1 million units of its new PDAesque DS handheld in North America by the end of 2004.


Washington, DC – January 26, 2005 – Computer and video game software sales set a new record in 2004, reaching $7.3 billion, according to final data compiled by the NPD Group and announced today by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The industry’s impact is illustrated further through other data showing that Halo 2®, one of the best-selling titles of 2004, took in more revenue in its first day of sales than any movie has ever taken in its opening day.* In addition, according to industry data, Nintendo sold over 1 million units of its new handheld game system, Nintendo DS™, in North America by the end of 2004, a mark that took Apple's iPod® 19 months to achieve.

from The WarCry Network

Meanwhile according to the Register, Sony is now outselling Nintendo with their new games handheld the PSP


Sony's PlayStation Portable (PSP) is beginning to outsell the Nintendo DS, Japanese weekly sales charts reveal.

According to the latest sales figures, for the week commencing 16 January, some 64,600 PSPs were shipped to retailers in Japan, over 10,000 more than the 53,500 DS consoles shipped in the same period.

Of course, Sony has a long way to go to overtake Nintendo's total sales of the DS. The DS launched some weeks ahead of the PSP, and with a much greater number of machines in the channel ready to sell.

And don't forget that the figures cover shipments to retailers, not sales to end users. Shipping product is (relatively) easy; selling them less so.

Last week, Sony Computer Entertainment chief Ken Kutaragi said the company had shipped 800,000-odd PSPs since the handheld console's 12 December 2004 debut. Today, Nintendo said it had shipped 2.84m DS units since its late November launch, though that figure covers both the US and Japan. To date, the PSP has only been officially available in Sony's home territory.

Nintendo now expects to ship 6m units of the console by 31 March, well above its earlier forecast of 5m units, the company said today. ®

Children and young adults are clearly gaining access to handheld computers and smartphones but these devices are typically banned from the classroom in much the same way that I remember pocket calculators were. I wonder if the tide is already coming in and what opportunities this brings to the handheld learning community?

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