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Who Are Japan's Biggest DS Users?

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Go on. Guess. The elderly? WRONG. Teenage girls? WRONG. Japan's biggest users of the DS are (according to this Nintendo-supplied chart, anyways) the same who were the biggest users of the GBA, and the Game Boy before that: boys. Specifically, 10-12 year-old boys. After that, though, it gets interesting. The most dominant demographics after the boys are women in their early 30s, followed by 10-12 year-old girls, followed by men in their early 30s. Not teens, not twenty-somethings, but people in their early 30s. Anyone in charge of putting the questions together for their Friday night pub trivia competition, these ones are on the house.

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This makes perfect sense. I quit playing video games when I discovered girls. Didn't get back into them again until I was married. There is a big black hole in my gaming life from about 1992-2003. I pretty much missed out on the SNES/PS1 years because I was too busy chasing girls, driving my motor cycle and trying to make my band famous. Now that all that youthful nonsense is out of the way, I can get back to business. I've spent the last 5 years playing catchup :)