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Analysts – 3DS Will Lag behind DS Worldwide Sales

Nintendo DS
Nintendo 3DS is now the best selling handheld console in the history of franchise considering the first week sales compared to it’s predecessors.

Despite of a descent start, analysts believe that 3DS still won’t be able to surpass the worldwide sales of Nintendo DS. According to a research conducted by IHS iSuppli, 3DS should reach the 70 million mark by 2015. For the same duration, DS had sold 90 million units.

IHS iSuppli: Global Nintendo 3DS and DS installed base comparison (m units)
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
DS/DS Lite/DSi 13.1 35.6 63.2 90.9
3DS 11.6 28.8 48.8 69.9

Source:IHS iSuppli Screen Digest Research, compiled by Digitimes, April 2011.

It’s still a prediction though. According to Piers Harding (the spokesperson):

Nintendo’s accent on network services in the key US market represents an attempt to convince users to carry their 3DS systems with them at all times and to engage with the platform everyday and in every place

Nintendo’s concept for local networking is engaging and with better graphics, camera and video, 3DS seems a good competitor but due to ever growing competition (as more and better smart phones are being released in quick succession), 3DS will feel the heat and is more likely to lag behind DS.

Nintendo is relying a lot on device’s connectivity and the local networking system. It has worked for them at the start but will it be able to stand up to the standards of continuously changing social media is a big question mark.