According to industry analyst Anita Frazier of NPD the DS is pretty much set to surpass the PlayStation 2 in lifetime sales some time “by early October or November.” This would make the DS the best selling system ever in the history of all things that have ever happened pertaining to the selling of systems.
While the PS2 actually still sells surprisingly well for a system as old as it is and the DS’s sales have declined in the past month, the dual-screened handheld should still reach this mark pretty easily seeing as it is often the top selling console on a month to month basis. In fact, according to Nintendo’s numbers it should have around 129 million units sold already and that puts it pretty close to the PS2’s current number of somewhere over 140 million units.
We can all gripe about Nintendo’s approach to gaming and opening the market to new/casual gamers, but in 5 1/2 years the DS is going to reach a number it took the most popular gaming machine ever a decade to reach. I don’t care who what system you like the best, that accomplishment deserves some respect.