The much-publicised 3DS price cut on 12th August seems to be doing the trick, as Nintendo reports the console's sales have grown month-on-month since the snip.
In September Nintendo sold over 260,000 units of the console, an increase over the previous month when 235,000 3DS consoles were sold.
Since the price drop, Nintendo has sold close to 450,000 units in the United States — by comparison, only 700,000 consoles were sold in all countries around the world between April and June.
The other 3DS big milestone is the news that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is the first 3DS game to pass 500,000 sales across the US.
Can Nintendo crank up this momentum in the run-up to the holiday shopping season? Only time will tell.
Nintendo DS Crosses 50 Million Units Sold
The best-selling video game system in U.S. history reached another milestone in September: Lifetime sales of the Nintendo DS™ family of systems have surpassed 50 million units, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States.
“The Nintendo DS forever changed the gaming landscape, and the fact that consumers continue to embrace the platform is a testament to its value and mass appeal,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Our hand-held story continues with the Nintendo 3DS system, which just had its second consecutive month of growth and enters its first holiday season with a monster lineup of games, including Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.”
Other Nintendo milestones reached in September include:
Nintendo sold more than 260,000 Nintendo 3DS™ portable entertainment systems, an increase of more than 10 percent from the previous month. Nintendo has sold nearly 450,000 units of Nintendo 3DS following a price reduction on Aug. 12.
The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D became the first Nintendo 3DS title to surpass 500,000 total units sold in the United States.
Nintendo sold more than 647,000 total hardware units in September, including 240,000 Wii™ systems and more than 145,000 units of the Nintendo DS family.
The 273 million software units sold for the Nintendo DS family equates to more than 107,000 games being sold per day, every day for almost seven years. More than 273 million units of software have been sold for the platform in the United States, including 24 of the top 25 and 43 of the top 50 best-selling portable games in this hand-held generation.