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Nintendo plans shipments of 300,000 for DSi -- Mainichi

Site polls retailers and other related parties on Nintendo's new hardware


Following up on last week's announcement of the Nintendo DSi, [a href=http://mainichi.jp/enta/mantan/game/archive/news/2008/10/07/20081007mog00m200013000c.html]Mainichi.jp posted a report today[/a] with retailer and insider commentary on the new product.

On the retailer side, a representative from Tsutaya noted that the DSi, with its very own download service, represents a major strategy shift for Nintendo which has thus far limited download purchase options to the Wii. A representative from Akihabara's Messe Sanoh said that pre-order requests started coming in the day of the product's announcement.

The site also reports that the used market is being affected by the DSi. Prior to the official announcement, as word of the system broke in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper, sell-backs of the DS Lite began to increase at Traders, a popular used game shop. This was followed by a sudden jump with the official announcement. A Traders representative said he's sure the DSi will sell, but he also expects there to be many users who want to purchase a lower-priced DSLite on the used market as well.

Hirokazu Hamamura, CEO of Famitsu publisher Enterbrain, said he believes the downloadable games component of the DSi could serve as a selling point. He also says it's possible that the system will sell to a group of people that hasn't picked up the DS yet.

The PSP-3000 will precede the DSi release by a couple of weeks. Mainichi quizzed retailers about the effects of the DSi on the new PSP and got a split vote between those who said there's been some effect and those saying there's no problem. The Traders rep noted that the PSP is still reliant on Monster Hunter and has a tough time competing with the breadth of the DS's lineup. Hamamura, however, has a more positive outlook for the PSP, pointing to upcoming title like Dissidia Final Fantasy.

Closing off, the site offers some unofficial shipment figures for the DSi. Based off predictions from "related parties," the site expects first day shipments of 200 to 300,000 units and total year end shipments of between 1.2 and 1.5 million

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