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DS breaks records

Nintendo's DS has broken Australian sales records since it was launched last week.

Nintendo is crowing that its new handheld games machine, the DS, has broken all sales records since it was launched last week.

From Thursday 24th February to close of business Sunday 27th February the Nintendo DS sold through a staggering 19191 units. Super Mario 64 DS and WarioWare: Touched! were the two highest selling games. Nintendo Australia has said that retailer feedback has confirmed numbers of DS sales to be greater than any other games hardware launch in the last five years (since the current official monitoring of the industry commenced in 1999). "The retail and consumer feedback from Thursdays Nintendo DS launch has been astounding," says Rose Lappin, Director of Sales and Marketing, Nintendo Australia. Meanwhile, one of the DS' most exciting capabilities - downloading games through its wireless link - could soon be on its way. According to a page on its official Japanese-language Web site, Nintendo today began a nationwide test of its forthcoming game service. A rough translation of the site says DS owners will be able to wirelessly download demos and bonus content from special kiosks at select stores across the island nation. The site has basic information about how the system works, including helpful pictograms. According to the site, demos will remain on DS units "until power is turned off." The one exception is some additional music for Jam With the Band (called "Daigasso! Band Brothers" in Japan). "After turning off power, the [Jam With the Band] data remains," read the instructions on the site. Nintendo will continue the DS download test until March 21. No date for the final launch of the download service was posted on the Web site.

Tor Thorsen of GameSpot contributed to this story