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Nintendo Crows About November Sales for Wii and 3DS

Posted by James Newton

The figures are in

Now November is long gone it's time to review how Nintendo did in the sales front across the United States.

We know the 3DS beat the DS first-year sales in just 8 months, that Mario and Skyward Sword set series sales records, but here's Nintendo's official overview.

November was a the biggest month yet for 3DS, with 795,000 consoles leaving stores across the U.S., a jump of 215% on previous month sales. Since its release in March it's sold nearly 2.5 million units in the United States.

Wii did well too, with 860,000 Wii consoles sold throughout November, with a huge 520,000 of those coming on Black Friday alone, the system's biggest-ever Black Friday performance.

With the DS line selling over 350,000 units through the month, Nintendo sold over 2 million consoles last month in the United States alone.

Software did well too: Super Mario 3D Land sold over 625,000 units. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword had the biggest first-day sales in the series' history, and shifted 600,000 copies in its first week.

The U.S. has bought 37.7 million Wii consoles and 2.5m 3DS consoles since both consoles' respective launches.

Nintendo 3DS and Wii Cross Major Milestones after Record-Breaking Black Friday

Strong sales on Black Friday pushed the U.S. installed base of the Wii™ system to 37.7 million units and helped the Nintendo 3DS™ system surpass the first-year totals of the Nintendo DS™ system (2.37 million) after only eight months on the market, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. Other milestones reached in November include:


The Super Mario 3D Land™ game for Nintendo 3DS sold more than 625,000 units and is the fastest-selling portable Super Mario™ title in U.S. history.

The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword for the Wii system had the biggest first day in franchise history and sold more than 600,000 units in its first week.


Nintendo sold more than 2 million combined hardware units in November. This includes more than 860,000 Wii systems, more than 795,000 Nintendo 3DS units and more than 350,000 units of the Nintendo DS family of systems.
Nintendo 3DS had its biggest single month of sales, representing an increase of more than 215 percent over the previous month, and has now sold nearly 2.5 million units since launch.

Wii had its biggest Black Friday ever with more than 520,000 units sold. Full-month sales increased by more than 245 percent over the previous month.

“Great software and unparalleled value drove momentum on Black Friday and through November,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Both Nintendo 3DS and Wii have already set records, and we’ve still got the bulk of the shopping season to go. People are flocking to our bundles and the fun of Mario and Zelda that can only be found on Nintendo systems.”

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User Comments (38)



TheGreenSpiny said:

Good news. Glad to hear that the 3DS is picking up some major steam. Not that there was any doubt.



IronMan28 said:

Hopefully I'll get to play a good amount of those 3.5 mil online when I finally get MK7...



NintyMan said:

Do you hear that silence? That's the silence of fanboys being put back in their place.

Very good for all the hardware and games, especially Super Mario 3D Land and Skyward Sword. I eagerly await the mammoth sales Mario Kart 7 will reap.



Urbanhispanic said:

Nintendo is far from being beaten. Events like these prove this time and time again. As soon as I get some money, I too will have my own 3DS and some awesome games to go with it.



Odnetnin said:

Wait, Zelda sold better in its first week than Mario did? Am I getting this right?



k8sMum said:

i bought a wii in november purely for skyward sword. haven't had one in years as i don't care for the sports, party, music games, but i am loving the new zelda and the mario that came with the console.



Chrno-x said:

@11 Wii isn't only about Sports, Party and Music games. It had reactivated great genres like Platformers, like point & click adventure/mystery novel games and not only that. There are bunch of games like Muramasa, Lost in Shadow, Sky Crawlers, Trauma Center(series), couple of good Resident Evil titles and many many more other great games. If you say that Wii don't have good games then I don't know what titles are you playing on different platforms. Btw I'm really happy that Nintendo had great November sales, it proves that they never give up.



Sondheimist said:

Nintendo's totally dead. They might as well just get out of the hardware business now.




k8sMum said:

@13: i understand that. i don't remember saying that 'wii don't have good games' and as i reread my post, i see i didn't. i merely said for a long time there weren't games that i enjoyed enough to re-buy the system.



misswliu81 said:

all this doom and gloom talk regarding nintendo by the press is a load of tosh really when news such as this shows once again that nintendo is still in the gaming business.

keep the games coming and for as long as people buy them and the wii, 3ds and wii U, nintendo and the fans have nothing to worry about.



Cia said:

Wii was already a dead project when it was born. The proof: Every year people have been predicting it's death, after it was released. It really doesn't have the right to sell, because fanboys don't like it. Also, nobody owns a Wii. Nobody.



Ernest_The_Crab said:

@Faron LOL your post made my day (so far).

Wow if those are the November sales, the December ones are probably going to be much higher. This is for the States alone too...



StarDust4Ever said:

@Faron: If your Wii console is collecting dust, well, that is your own fault. You bought it and supported Nintendo with your purchase. In corporate world, a sale = a sale; it matters not whether the owner plays it every day for five years, or plays it only once and packs it away in the closet. Current game sales are really the best indication that many people are still playing on their systems.



komicturtle said:

I'll say it:

To hell with smartphones. Dedicated gaming systems and smartphones can coexist. Having a choice is better than not, thanks



timp29 said:

It's amusing how a console that outsells its rivals without fail get written off so often. But clearly the best days of the Wii are behind it. People who have just gone out and bought a Wii for the first time have a nice back catalogue to enjoy, but probably don't realise that the Wii U is less than a year away. Sucks for them in a way.



k8sMum said:

timp29: not necessarily. i think some are like me who re-bought a wii for skyward sword; a number of acquaintances have done the same thing. we know about wii u; we know the new games are going to be severely limited but get to play a game we really wanted for a long time and have a good, substantial back catalogue to enjoy again.



Hokori said:

ha! in your face to anyone who says Nintendo is doomed, nintendo is even so generous to us loyal fans that they gave us 24 FREE titles this year alone.... I wonder if theyll give us more next year



Crunc said:

This is certainly good, but Microsoft reported that in November they sold 1.7 million Xbox 360s in the US. Nearly double what the Wii sold. Of course, and on the other hand, Microsoft's sales in Japan are never even remotely pretty, LOL.



EdEN said:

The Zelda 3DS Bundle was a good enough option to convince me to dive into the 3rd dimension.



Traxx said:

Most of you fail to realize you can't sell console on and on without selling games. That's why the Wii is a fail in some regards. That's why Sony and MS earned more money than Nintendo this generation. Mario and Zelda games not breaking the Million sales in no time? Laughable.



Moco_Loco said:

@Traxx: Most good Nintendo games are evergreen. Rather than selling all at once, they tend to steadily rake in the cash over time. Most good games on other consoles do most of their sales early on and then drop off. I agree that Nintendo needs to get better about regularly releasing games.



iamthezenmaster said:

gooooo nintendo...

they've tried to combine serieus gaming with a smartphone some years ago...I believe it was a Nokia....failed

smartphones are only good for chess and tower defence games.



Sondheimist said:

@Traxx - Except the Wii has sold "on and on" - it has sold tens of millions more than either of the other consoles. And, as we see here, it still sells pretty steadily.

It's not that we "fail to realize" that you can't sell consoles without a constant stream of high quality games - rather it's that the facts actually point to a very different conclusion from the one that you seem to have come to. If this generation has taught us anything, it's that, if you have the right "hook" (the motion controls), you can create an extremely popular console with a relatively small handful of core, must have titles and a huge number of third party titles (regardless of the quality of those third party titles.) Not only will that console sell well in the first few months, it will be an extremely consistent seller - one whose sales far surpass those of the competition. We also realize, unlike all the wannabe economists who are predicting the imminent downfall of Nintendo, that large companies can survive a disappointing year. Heck, they can even survive a disappointing generation.

There have been some worrying trends, of course. The amount of shovelware is appalling. Nintendo's insistence on "gameplay over graphics" is somewhat admirable (gameplay is far more important than graphics - as evidenced by the fact that so many NES and Super NES games are still so enjoyable) - but graphics do help sell games, and it may cause some serious problems in the next generation. Still - the Wii is many things, but it isn't a failure, at least not from a business standpoint. It's an extremely profitable console, and has re-established Nintendo as a household name.



thanos316 said:

@traxx for every wii thats sold nintendo earns a profit. nintendo developed games sells by the truck loads. ninty prints money. sony and microsoft are just copying nintendo with the whole motion controls. if most developers outside of nintendo would make some decent games for the wii then their games would sell a lot too. us gamers aren't stupid and won't pick up a game thats a watered down version from other consoles. watch out for the wii u. its gonna be amazing. and im sure microsoft and sony will follow ninty with that one also.



DarkEdi said:

Now with a high installment they need to grow the virtual sales. Do promotion and the VC and Wiiware will rise too.



kdognumba1 said:

Those are some nice sales figures. Glad Nintendo is back on track and I'm loving the direction they're going with the 3DS's online! Can't wait to play more games that take advantage of the online, like RE: Revelations and Heroes of Ruin.

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