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David Low
13 Feb, 2006

DS and PSP sales in Europe

DS News | So who's winning?
Nintendo's DS has sold more then double Sony's PSP in Japan, and the two are neck-and-neck in the USA, but what about Europe? Well, we've just got our hands on the tabulated figures for all of Europe, statistics that demonstrate how each handheld is selling through the major territories.

The latest numbers make for some interesting reading. Although the PSP was released later and at a higher price point, it has made up some ground, yet has some way to go before it matches the DS for sales, with the Nintendo handheld retaining a lead of more then one million. Encouragingly, both handhelds have established enough of a userbase to be here for quite some time.

Anyway, the figures:

PSP (released: September 2005)
  • UK: 795,000
  • France: 500,000
  • Germany: 350,000
  • Spain: 295,000
  • Other Regions: 500,000
PSP total: 2,440,000

Nintendo DS (released: March 2005)
  • United Kingdom: 1,000,000
  • France: 750,000
  • Germany: 520,000
  • Spain: 425,000
  • Other Regions: 1,005,000
DS total: 3,700,000

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18 Comments
8 years ago
If you consider the price of the two, then the PSP is winning!
8 years ago
cloud31 wrote
If you consider the price of the two, then the PSP is winning!
Yeah, its even more amazing when you look at the PSP's obvious inferiority. icon_razz.gif
8 years ago
Hi, no offence - but can you at least source your data please? I'd like to know who's released these figures. Thanks icon_smile.gif
8 years ago
Yeah the figures do look heavily rounded off.
8 years ago
Do these look better?


Nintendo DS (released: March 2005)
United Kingdom: 1,001,456
France: 750,242
Germany: 521,342
Spain: 4260,001
Other Regions: 1,005,489


PSP (released: September 2005)
UK: 4
France: 10
Germany: 15
Spain: 7
Other Regions: 8
8 years ago
Inaccurate but yes, better.
8 years ago
Those "other" guys really like the DS! Nintendo's "other" marketing division, kickin' arse
8 years ago
How come you're using >month old PSP data and up-to-date NDS data?
795k for PSP in the UK was when NDS was at 800k, for instance...
8 years ago
It's a combination of many different tracking companies' data, and is as accurate as anything out there, but they do just 'guess' some of the details based on the main warehouse inventories. So it's maybe only accurate to +/- 5000, but that close enough.

As for data being allegedly out of date for one system or the other, it's not - some countries data is reported later then others (Spain is up to the end of January, but most is only to the end of December, for example), but neither system has been counted to a later date then the other in a single reigon.
8 years ago
I just realised you ripped this off wholesale from other sites, and I also realised I knew who the original source of this was. A forum poster at GAF. And with that I realised this data is bunk.

What I don't realise is why you would say this:
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, but neither system has been counted to a later date then the other in a single reigon
When its a fact the DS data is 3 weeks ahead in the UK and from a different source than PSP.
PSP is for 2005 from chart-track/MCV, NDS is from Jan 20 from official Nintendo PR.

Other than that half the figures are based on patchy guesswork from a Nintendo fanboy.
8 years ago
Well, I think those figures sound great.
8 years ago
it's pretty impressive on Sony's part, the PSP has only been out for 1/3 of the time that the DS has, and has 2/3 of it's sales (shipped?).

encouraging since it'll mean further support from Sony is somewhat assured, since the market is obviously there, hopefully though, it'll encourage some innovation/imagination in the games that are released.

Scorn: reporting news is usually compiling information from various sources, and at times dates mightn't correlate 100%, and perhaps this mysterious poster at GAF (whatever the hell that is) used the same sources, or perhaps even sourced David.
long and short of it, if you dislike the way things are done here, feel free to fvck off. you're entitled to your opinion, and your evident anti-fanboy stance is becoming somewhat tiresome.
8 years ago
Scorn wrote
I just realised you ripped this off wholesale from other sites, and I also realised I knew who the original source of this was. A forum poster at GAF. And with that I realised this data is bunk.

What I don't realise is why you would say this:
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, but neither system has been counted to a later date then the other in a single reigon
When its a fact the DS data is 3 weeks ahead in the UK and from a different source than PSP.
PSP is for 2005 from chart-track/MCV, NDS is from Jan 20 from official Nintendo PR.
Somewhat true, I'll admit that. But this is as close as we can get to a comparison since Sony never releases sell through numbers, only shipped. It's not fair to Nintendo if we compare PSP shipped figures to DS sold, and it's Sony's own fault if they refuse to provide sell throughs. And do you honestly believe that 3 weeks of january UK sales for PSP will make that much difference? This much is clear: The DS leads in every territory, and in the whole of Europe by at least 1 million. Here are some back-up sources:

DS ahead in spain:
http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=7958

DS sales:
http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=14203
(including the 1,000,000 for UK and 3.5 million for europe to the end of December)

Sony claimed the PSP had outsold the DS in the UK, but their data was based on Chart-track, which does not count Toys R US, who apparently account for a large percentage of DS sales:
http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=7861

More coming...
8 years ago
Nintendo does not have the lead which it enjoys in japan, but its still a fair lead. I think once the DS lite is released then we will see the DS increase its lead margin. Im suprised its doing as well as it is. One must remember we live in a world where style is very important, and the current DS is not a very trendy looking device. But the DS lite is quite sexy and cool and will guarantee a victory for the DS over the PSP.
8 years ago
One more point and Im only being relistic here. We cannot say it is a victory for Sony due the PSP being more expensive than the DS. Sony is not making any money by selling PSP hardware, they are most likely loosing money. They were anticipating very high software sales to compensate for the losses incurred from hardware sales. But unfortunately for them the PSP is not selling much software. The DS on the other hand is not selling for a loss and its software sales are huge. So a definite win for Nintendo as they are making money from the DS, AND LOTS OF IT.
8 years ago
^^ The edit button is your friend, especially with 10minutes difference between posts.

The sales are about right I think, thanks for the collection of data, David icon_wink.gif
8 years ago
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UK
DS - 1,000,000
PSP - 795,000
Sales in the UK were tracked by ChartTrack.
As of Dec 2005,
DS sold 800,000
PSP sold 795,000
(Both figures exclude ToysRUs.)


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Spain
DS - 425,000
PSP - 295,000
Sales in Spain were tracked by AC Nielsen.
As of Dec 2005,
DS sold 425,000
PSP sold 295,000



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Germany
DS - 520,000
PSP - 350,000
Sales in Germany were tracked by GfK.
As of Nov 2005,
DS sold approximately 330,000
PSP sold approximately 160,000
(The figures quoted above appear to be Nov Sales + Dec estimates.)



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France
DS - 750,000
PSP - 500,000
Sales in France were also tracked by GfK.
As of Nov 20,
DS sold approximately 420,000
PSP sold approximately 180,000
(The figures quoted above appear to be taken from PR announcements. The PSP figure seems unrealistic considering its sales going into the Christmas period.)




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Other Regions:
DS - 1,005,000
PSP - 500,000
These figures look like estimates, to match total sales for Europe released by PR announcements.
8 years ago
Are these units shipped or sold, especially for Sony? If they are coming from Sony, they are shipped, not sold. Just curious.
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