October 27th, 2004, 16:40
Nintendo today announced that it will ship a total of 1 million units of the Nintendo DS in Japan before the end of the year, 300,000 of which will be available on the day of the system's launch, December 2. Additional shipments will be made on a weekly basis. [br][br]Nintendo of America confirmed to GameSpot this morning that 2 million units of the DS will be available worldwide by the end of the year, which means that the US will also receive 1 million Nintendo DS systems in 2004. As of press time, NOA had not made any announcements as to how many units will be available on November 21, when the system launches. [br][br]In a conference call last month, NOA's George Harrison told the media that Nintendo plans to ship a total of 4 million DS systems across three territories (Japan, US, and Europe/Australia) by the end of the fiscal year, which ends in March 2005. Harrison did not comment on exactly how many units each territory will receive.