Want to know why the DS is sold out in Japan? Just take a look at the countryâ€™s software rankings from December 26th to January 1st. Nine, count â€˜em, nine, of the top 15 games are DS titles. The new DS brain trainer, Animal Crossing: Wild World and Mario Kart take the first three spots, respectively. The old DS brain trainer (by old, I mean it was released last spring) is number five. Other hot titles include Mario & Luigi RPG2 (#7), another brain game Yawaraka Atama Juku (#8), Tamagotchi no Puchi Puchi Omisecchi (#9), some Pokemon game (#10) and the mini-game buffet title Dare Demo Asobi Taizen (#15).
Dead or Alive 4 didnâ€™t crack the top ten, selling something like 60,000 copies and coming in at #13. Disappointing, sure, but the game has sold better than any other Xbox title in Japan. Ever. Personally, I *heart* DoA 4, and think the game is the 360â€™s first truly enjoyable experience. Think Crecente agrees with me on that. If thereâ€™s anything to be learned from the DS sell-out, itâ€™s that folks will shell out and buy the systemâ€¦ as long as thereâ€™s exceptional software there. People buy systems to play games on, not games to play systems on.
I think the DS is the best handheld I’ve owned by a long way. Even Mario Karts many annoyances can’t mar the DS. Even better now my WiFi works flawlessly.