According to Core Gaming, which handles Nintendo's South African distribution, the console seems to be doing well for the region. "The DS Lite launched in South Africa with much fanfare in February 2008," says Core Gaming's Matthew Grose. "Since then, Nintendo has sold 20 000 DS Lites into the South African market, sales largely driven by games like Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training and Nintendogs, reflecting the appeal of the system to a new and untapped gaming demographic including women and even seniors."
New Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart DS are also popular in South Africa. The region will be three new colors this month as well: turquoise, green and red. Currently, the DS Lite is available in black, white, pink and silver.