While Sony is taking legal action to prevent European gamers from buy pre-launch PSPs, Nintendo is patting itself on the back for shipping a boatload of its latest handhelds to the continent.
This week, the company announced that it has sold one million units of the DS in Europe since the portable launched three months ago. According to figures from Nintendo, half of those units were sold in the DS's first three weeks on the market. Overall, British gamers were the biggest buyers of the DS, with over 250,000 units sold on the island nation. Nintendo did not release sales figures for any other country on the continent.
With worldwide DS sales now exceeding six million, Nintendo is understandably pleased. "The European launch of Nintendo DS has been a massive success with sales shattering all previous records in the opening weekend and remaining consistently strong," was the spin from Jim Merrick, Nintendo of Europe's senior director of European Marketing. "European consumers have adopted Nintendo's sense of fun and innovation to give fantastic support to the Nintendo DS."