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Old 04-30-2011, 08:12 PM   #1
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Unhappy 3DS part of DS family?

Hey, just to be inquisitive, I just wanted to ask if 3DS is part of the DS
family, because when I went on wikipedia (call me sad) in "highest selling video game consoles" PS2 was 1st (150 mil) and DS was 2nd (146 mil) but the 3DS had its own figure of 3 mil. Why isn't it part of the DS family?
If it was, Nintendo would have the highest selling video game console of all
time by now....
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:23 PM   #2
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The 3DS is part of the DS family, but a new generation, that may be why it isn't included
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:39 PM   #3
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In the sense that the Xbox 360 is part of the Xbox family.
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:13 PM   #4
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Your question confuses me.

It's part of the DS line, in the sense that it has two screens, one being a touch screen. The rest of it is purely its own system.

As for those sales analyses, notice that the figures for the PS2 and the DS were gathered after a certain point in time; in the case of the PS2, for instance, the last sales analysis was gathered 11 years after its release. Obviously, those sales analyses compared to the 3DS don't do justice.
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It's not part of the DS family because it is a newer generation. As AotA put it, it is only relative to the DS in name. It is new tech, new game delivery ability, and other things.

It's basically like the PS2/Xbox/GC to the PS3/360/Wii. The DS is the former gen and the 3DS is the newer one.
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Oh, okay
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:34 PM   #7
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The 3DS is indeed apart of the DS family, they probably separated the sales because 3DS sales are rising more and rapidly while the DS selling price is more stable and at a halt/foundation. Wikipedia will probably add the 3DS sales to the DS sales once it reaches a general stalemate.

If that is not the case, it could just be a mistake, Wikipedia isn't 100% correct.

Edit: After reading the posts by Rin and AoTA, I am slightly confused as of why the 3DS is not in the same family as the DS?
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Edit: After reading the posts by Rin and AoTA, I am slightly confused as of why the 3DS is not in the same family as the DS?
Because it is a new generation of handheld, whose games are not compatible with the DS.
The relationship between the DS and 3DS is like that between the Game Boy Color and the Game Boy Advance - they may share a similar name, but the latter is a brand new console.
According to Nintendo themselves, the 3DS is not part of the 'DS family of consoles'.
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According to Nintendo themselves, the 3DS is not part of the 'DS family of consoles'.
Got sources to back that up? If they stated that, we wouldn't be discussing whether or not it is in the DS family.
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:50 PM   #10
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I can't find anything concrete, but every mention Nintendo makes on their site of 'the DS family of portables' does not refer to the 3DS.
More to the point, why do you think the 3DS is a member of the DS family of portables?
The term is only used to club the DS's together in one group for hardware sales and compatibility. And since the 3DS has separate hardware sales, and it's games are incompatible with the DS, surely that makes it not a member?
I mean would you claim that the PS1, PS2 and PS3 are all part of the 'Playstation family of home consoles'?
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