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Top 10 Best-Selling Nintendo DS Games

Top 10 Best-Selling Nintendo DS Games - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 October 2015 / 62,354 Views

It has been exactly one month since we took a look at the top 10 best-selling games for the original PlayStation. Since then we have also looked at the Nintendo 64, the PlayStation 2, the original Xbox, and the GameCube. Today is our first look at the seventh generation with the Nintendo DS.

The Nintendo DS is the second best-selling video game platform in history, behind the PlayStation 2, and the best-selling handheld in gaming history. It sold 154.88 million units in its lifetime.

It sold incredibly well in all three major regions, shifting 57.37 million units in North America, 52.07 units in Europe, and a massive 33.01 million units in Japan. It also sold a combined 12.43 million units across the rest of the world.

Unsurprisingly given it enormous install base the Nintendo DS also managed to shift a lot of games. 139 games for the console managed to sell over 1 million units and every entry in the top 10 sold more than 10 million units. Below we've compiled those 10 best-selling Nintendo DS games.

10th. Super Mario 64 DS - 10.28 Million


9th. Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver - 11.75 Million


8th. Animal Crossing: Wild World - 12.12 Million


7th. Pokémon Black/White - 15.13 Million


6th. Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day - 15.29 Million


5th. Pokémon Diamond/Pearl - 18.24 Million


4th. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day - 20.14 Million


3rd. Mario Kart DS - 23.18 Million


2nd. Nintendogs - 24.67 Million


1st. New Super Mario Bros. -  29.73 Million



A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Ljink96 (on 09 October 2015)

Wow, this is amazing! All the top 10 games did 10Mil+ That just doesn't happen. Wii +DS era was where Nintendo racked up their reserves. What a great time to be a Nintendo fan and a Gamer in general.

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secretgamer Ljink96 (on 10 October 2015)

Is still is.

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Goodnightmoon (on 09 October 2015)

HOLY SHIT, that thing was a money machine.

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jason1637 (on 09 October 2015)

Its printing money

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S.Peelman (on 11 October 2015)

DS the first and still only system to ever have ten games selling over 10m units, that's amazing. Wii almost made it to. Especially impressive since number 10 is a remake; there aren't a lot of remakes selling those kinds of numbers, that's Pokemon territory. And speaking of Pokemon, when that game's only at number 5, you know you did well!

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korn62586 S.Peelman (on 11 October 2015)

I think the Wii has 10 games over 10 million.

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Luke888 (on 10 October 2015)

This just had me thinking: what if Nintendo decides to make thier first Mobile game a Brain Age/Nintendogs game ?

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naruball Luke888 (on 10 October 2015)

Not many people would care, that's for sure. They need to use their strong ips if they want to have any presence in the market.

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Paatar (on 10 October 2015)

It's 10th best selling title sold over 10m. That's crazy.

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JWeinCom (on 09 October 2015)

Crazy sales. Hopefully Nintendo can find some of that magic again for the 3DS successor.

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painmaster212 (on 09 October 2015)

Should have done a top 20 with these kind of numbers cause it's amazing how every game in the top 10 sold at least 10 million copies, that's unheard of!

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Jranation (on 09 October 2015)

The softwares could have been higher if you couldn't illegally download games for it.

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Darwinianevolution Jranation (on 09 October 2015)

Yet piracy was one of the of its draws to a lot of people, I bet it sold a couple million units because of that.

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LuckyTrouble Jranation (on 09 October 2015)

sigh I don't know how many times it can be said, but one pirated version does not equal one lost sale. That is not how it works. Does piracy have some impact? Sure. Can that impact be at all accurately measured? Not at all.

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Johnw1104 (on 15 October 2015)

Whenever I start to wonder why the wii u isn't sinking nintendo I need only look at the wii and DS figures... They profited more off of those than most would hope to gain across three generations.

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PAOerfulone (on 15 October 2015)

Wow. This, combined with the Wii, Nintendo made Titanic ship loads of money during last gen!! Unbelievable!

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MotherBound (on 11 October 2015)

Holy shit

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tripenfall (on 11 October 2015)

I remember the E3 when the DS and PSP were first announced and many were laughing at Nintendo and predicting a massive failure. Boy were they wrong!

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asqarkabab (on 10 October 2015)

Well deserved list
Ds was the greatest handheld ever

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Ultrashroomz (on 09 October 2015)

Man, those are crazy good numbers.

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Cloudman (on 09 October 2015)

Wow, some weird games got into the top 10. Brain Age and Nintendogs? That's a bit surprising.

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Jon-Erich Cloudman (on 10 October 2015)

That was when Nintendo's casual gaming audience was at it's peak. The DS also got support from Nintendo's core gamers. Marketing was really good at Nintendo back then as well. I remember it was either time magazine or some other major publication that had a major article about Brain Age and the DS. These days, that couldn't happen with the 3DS or Wii U.

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