Square Enix's Dragon Quest V remake for the Nintendo DS enjoys another week atop the Media Create software sales charts, further proving my theory that Japanese people like Dragon Quest. A few new name make top ten appearances, including the excellently titled Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! DS Flame Rumble Hyper - Moeyo Mirai. Wario Land: Shake It!'s debut, as well as that of the overseas release of Bully, is far less impressive. Nintendo-based titles continue to dominate the charts, with 19 of the top 30 games released on the DS and Wii. 01. Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu No Hanayome (DS) - 190,000 / 834,000 02. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 15 (PS2) - 84,000 / NEW 03. Gundam Battle Universe (PSP) - 43,000 / 180,000 04. Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki the 3rd (PSP) - 39,000 / NEW 05. SIREN: New Translation (PS3) - 35,000 / NEW 06. Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! DS Flame Rumble Hyper - Moeyo Mirai (DS) - 32,000 / NEW 07. Wii Fit (Wii) - 30,000 / 2,410,000 08. Wario Land: Shake It! (Wii) - 25,000 / NEW 09. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 25,000 / 1,610,000 10. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 15 (Wii) - 22,000 / NEW11. Daigasso! Band Brothers DX (DS) 12. Persona 4 (PS2) 13. Kirarin * Revolution: Minna de Odorou Furi Furi Debut! (DS) 14. Densetsu no Stafi: Taiketsu! Dire Kaizokudan (DS) 15. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP) 16. Bimoji Training DS (DS) 17. Bully (PS2) 18. Wii Sports (Wii) 19. Derby Stallion DS (DS) 20. Bully: Scholarship Edition (Xbox 360) 21. Mario Super Sluggers (Wii) 22. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 3 (PSP) 23. Tears to Tiara: Kakan no Daichi (PS3) 24. Meccha! Taiko Drum Master DS: 7-tsu no Shima no Daibouken (DS) 25. Family Trainer: Athletic World (Wii) 26. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3) 27. Twilight Syndrome: Kinjiratera Toshi Densetsu (DS) 28. Pokémon Diamond (DS) 29. Wii Play (Wii) 30. Mario Kart DS (DS) Media Create Weekly Software Sales [Gpara]
I'd say these numbers are good enough evidence to illustrate that, in spite of the other thread's claims, Nintendo does *not* need to replace the DS just yet. In fact they'd be silly as hell to do so.
Personally I want them to keep DS alive and well until about 2010, maybe 2011, when they'll be able to drop DS-2 with hardware that rivals PSP, has BC with DS, dual touch screens, widescreen, and some media capabilities with built in storage, VC support, etc would be nice. But I can wait, and I'd rather wait, to get a better system at a cheaper price.