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Joystiq presents

First half of 2006 owned by the DS

Friggin' LOL.Seeing as how Japan keeps extremely accurate hardware and software sales numbers on a weekly and monthly basis, it comes as no surprise when famed Japanese gaming rag Famitsu releases composite data for the first half of 2006. The question here is not "Did the DS Lite own faces?" but rather, "Exactly how MUCH face did the DS Lite own?" (This was a weak attempt at justifying the picture you see to your right...to be honest, I just thought it was hilarious, and decided to post it.)

Let's take a look. From December 26, 2005, to June 25, 2006, the DS and DS Lite have captured a whopping 63% of the hardware market (around 4 million units). That's not the portable market, that's the whole flippin' thing, folks. Second place belongs to the PSP at 16.1% of the total market, followed by the PS2 at 13.5%. GBA/GBASP/GBAMicro follow at 5%, and the Xbox 360 trails with a rather silly-sounding 1%.

In terms of software, the DS managed to claim seven of the top ten best-selling games in the period. The sequel to Brain Age took first place with over 2.5 million copies sold, followed by Final Fantasy XII for the PS2, and then New Super Mario Bros. in third.

That's a lot of face.

[Thanks, Probot!]

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1. huh gaming rag...i think they meant to put gaming mag.
---D.S. 4 LIFE---

Posted at 12:30AM on Jul 22nd 2006 by Brian

2. Woo! Just wait for that Pokemon game to drop in Japan, the DS will own the 2nd half of 2006's face too!

Posted at 1:45AM on Jul 22nd 2006 by SydRocks

3. Uh, no. "Rag" is a slang term for a newspaper or magazine. ^^

Posted at 1:45AM on Jul 22nd 2006 by Jason Wishnov

4. I don't care about the article! I am looking a that picture! DUDE that is CRAZY! loll

Posted at 10:40PM on Jul 23rd 2006 by Jerome

5. The tradition of calling a magazine or newspaper a 'rag' dates way back to the years following the invention of the printing press. In those days, paper was very expensive and they didn't have the refined techniques we have today to mass produce it. Since most printers in those days were more interested in using print to bring about a social change than money, they used whatever they could to make paper. Old rags were left to soak in some sort of liquid and then pieces of it would float to the top where they would be scrapped of and then pressed into then sheets of "paper". Some printers were so motivated and dedicated that they would use the shirts right off their back to make paper. So in those days, many newspapers were technically written on rags; hence the slang.

Posted at 9:39AM on Jul 24th 2006 by zero

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