Nintendo DSi Sells 500,000 Units in Japan

From PC World: Sales of Nintendo's new DSi handheld passed the half million mark during its first month on Japanese store shelves, according to data published on Tuesday.

The handheld, which was launched on Nov. 1, is a slightly remodeled version of the best-selling DS Lite and has a slightly larger screen and a digital still camera. It is also thinner but lacks a cartridge slot for running older GameBoy software.

Sales stood at 535,379 units as of Nov. 30, the last day of the month, said data-provider Enterbrain. The DSi sold about 170,000 at launch, and weekly sales have been around the 100,000-unit mark since, Enterbrain said.

Enterbrain publishes local gaming magazine Famitsu. Enterbrain's sales estimates, which are based on point-of-sale data from 3,500 retailers of computer game software and hardware, are generally regarded in the gaming industry as reliable.

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