On March 6, Nintendo shipped the 100 millionth unit of its popular Nintendo DS gaming system. Launched in the United States on November 21, 2004, the DS (double screen) reached this milestone in just over four years, making it the fastest selling game system in history. By comparison, Sony's PlayStation 2 took five years, nine months to sell 100 million units.
The original DS, which sold for $149.99, was subsequently joined by a slimmer version, the DS Lite, which is often known to users as the "DS Phat." In October 2008, Nintendo announced the release of a camera-equipped version, the DSi. Packed with goodies, the DSi has been selling in Japan since November, but will be released in the U.S. on April 5, 2009. It will retail for $169.99.