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3DS Hits 4 Million Console Sales in United States

Posted by James Newton

Software set records too

With 2011 now a long and distant memory, Nintendo has set about spreading the word of its successful 12 months.

The big headline is the Nintendo 3DS reaching four million sales across the United States since its launch on 27th March. According to Nintendo, the 3DS has sold more in its first nine months than Wii did.

Not only that, 3DS has its first U.S. million-sellers: Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 both passed the milestone, though we're quite surprised the first million-seller wasn't The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

Guess the price drop did the trick, then.

Nintendo 3DS Crosses 4 Million Mark

Driven by Fast-Selling Software Nintendo 3DS Sells More in Its First Nine Months Than Wii Did

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Whether they were on the go or at home, whether they played in 2D on the TV or in glasses-free 3D in their hands, gamers of all ages celebrated the holidays with Mario and Zelda, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS system not only became the fastest-selling titles in the history of their respective franchises when they launched, but they are now also the first Nintendo 3DS titles to sell 1 million units each in the United States. On the console side, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which also broke launch records, became the 45th Wii title to sell more than 1 million units in the United States.

"One of the strongest software lineups in our history helped Nintendo have a great holiday season and to close 2011 with a full head of steam," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Not only have the new Mario and Zelda titles already broken records, but with strong reviews and satisfied customers sharing their positive experiences, all three are also shaping up to be the latest long-tail titles from Nintendo. Couple that with a massive first- and third party lineup in the first part of the year and the prospects for 2012 are extremely promising."

Nintendo sold more than 12 million total hardware units in the United States in 2011, marking the fifth year in a row that the company has accomplished that feat. This includes more than 4.5 million units of Wii, more than 4 million Nintendo 3DS systems, and more than 3.4 million units of the Nintendo DS family of systems. This brings the installed base for Wii and Nintendo DS to 39 million and more than 51 million, respectively.

With a strong lineup of software on the horizon, including new installments in the Mario Party, Pokémon and Kid Icarus franchises, as well as third-party games such as Resident Evil Revelations from Capcom and METAL GEAR SOLID 3D Snake Eater from Konami for Nintendo 3DS, that momentum should continue into the first quarter of 2012 and beyond.

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User Comments (61)



penfold007 said:

Good to see that the 3DS has lived up to everyones expectations of it being a massive failure......



SLiM said:

Hope to play Super Mario 3D Land in the near future. I'll add on to the numbers for this year.



TimboBaggins said:

I hope nintendo has taken note of the advantages of selling hardware at a lower price point in order to establish an audience and capitalize on software sales. Hopefully they are going to use a similar strategy for the Wii U now that they see it does work. Wii U needs to launch for $350 or less or noone will buy it, just like when the 3DS was overpriced at launch.



Corbs said:

Good news indeed. Now I look forward to seeing them keep the marquee titles rolling in 2012. I'd hate to see the system too heavily overshadowed by the upcoming Wii U.



blackknight77 said:

I'm looking foward to trying Mario Kart 7, Resident Evil Revelations, and Kid Icarus Uprising. At some point I need to get Pilotwings Resort since it has dropped in price. So far I like my 3DS



Doobah said:

NINTENDOOMED!!! mirite? LOL at all the haters when 3DS launched. I've loved this system since day one.



thanos316 said:

xbox and sony fanboy and game informer included never give ninty any props. but damn they do sure sell a lot of hardware. wasn't nintendo suppose to die and fade away. isn't the 3ds and wii just a one trick pony, and yet still they sell like hotcakes. and oh yea the legend of zelda won the fan vote on xplay the other day beating out other major titles. keep it up ninty, keep kicking and taking names..



kdognumba1 said:

And of course, most the editorials other then Nintendo specific sites (like this one) won't catch this and will still keep righting really bad misinformed articles bashing the 3DS. Good news, even with all the stupidity being said about the 3DS and Nintendo, Nintendo's still laying the smackdown. 2012 is going to be a fantastic year!



alLabouTandroiD said:

That's a lot of million sellers on the Wii. I guess.

@James: Is the last paragraph still from the official announcement ? It nearly seems a bit arrogant for Ninty. Who is it sent to anyway ? Retailers and online mags ?



Spoony_Tech said:

Here's a list of games I know of that I want in 2012. Luigi's mansion,paper Mario,resident evil revelations, kid Icarus,metal gear solid 3,tails of the abyss and possibly animal crossing. That's one heck of a year already and those are only some of the titles I know about. I'm sure I'm forgetting a couple more and some surprises along the way. Also throw in xenoblade chronicles and hopefully two more titles for the Wii in the RPG vain and ill be a happy camper.



crazyj2312 said:

I'm all for low price. I can't really see myself paying over 200 bucks for a handheld. That being said, the only way I see myself getting a Vita is if it drops to 189.99.



Son said:

hooray! for 3DS, glad I have one. Hopefully more survival-horror and rpg games to come for it.



rjejr said:

We bought 3 in a week mid-December.
2 from Target w/ $50 GC plus $10 GC for spending over $50, so $60 GC total for a $170 system. And the pink bundle from TRU w/ $40 GC and Nintendogs + Cats, a $30 game, included. So not only did N lower the price, there were very good incentives to buy out there everywhere, including the red Marioland bundle and black OoT bundle.
Add releasing 2 good and new games (I'm sorry but OoT 3D didn't deserve to sell that many it's a 10 yr. old game already released on Wiiware) to the mix, and the lack of any serious competition for parents Christmas shopping $, i.e. no new WiiU or Vita, and the system was bound to sell well. (I don't know if Vita would have made a huge dent in sales but probably some impact, if the WiiU had come out in Oct. or Nov. we probably wouldn't have bought any 3DS this year.) I'm glad it sold well, more potential games to come. I'm really intrigued by the new "Pokemon" in the statement as Blast is already out.
Congratulations Nintendo, you deserve it for turning a dud into a thunderous roar. I hope the WiiU has a great price, great games, and similar incentives next holiday shopping season.



CosmoXY said:

"With a strong lineup of software on the horizon, including new installments in the Mario Party, Pokémon and Kid Icarus franchises..."

Is Nintendo announcing a new Pokémon for 2012? I have not heard anything aside from that Nobunaga game in Japan yet. Wonder what this could be, hoping for a core series entry on 3DS.



shonenjump86 said:

I had the 3DS since June of last year. The main games I played were Dead or Alive and a few VC games. I recently got Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 and I am enjoying both games. Glad to know the 3DS is doing well. Now looking forward to the new Tekken and Resident Evil.



NintyMan said:

Wow! Not only did it beat out the DS's first sales, but also the Wii's? That comes to show you how a great line-up during the holidays can really reap the benefits. Let's let that full steam drive on into March!



CosmoXY said:

@ Iz20XX, not over-analyzing. Let me rephrase by saying in my opinion, it's uncharacteristic of NoA to talk about unannounced games in press releases like this. The second part of what I posted was just my wishful thinking of what it could be.



AVahne said:

Now they just need to release the White 3DS over here (since everyone else got it), then they'll sell even more. I know my friend won't buy one until a white 3DS comes out.



RYBlast said:

I thought the 3DS was a massive failure that marked the end of Satoru Iwata and his company.



Sondheimist said:

Don't you guys know it's not about the amount of consoles sold or the amount of games sold or the amount of profit Nintendo is making, it's about something something something something something something something something something I know nothing about economics but since I hate Nintendo I'm going to pretend to be an expert something something something something something something something something? In other words, Nintendo is DOOMED!



Dak_n_Jaxter said:

My 3DS has vastly improved the quality of my life........Good to hear theyre doing well. But we definitely need some good RPGs. Thats all



LordTendoboy said:


Aside from the 3DS, Nintendo has always relied on lower price points to sell their systems.

The Wii was cheaper than both the PS3 and Xbox 360, and that was a factor that contributed to it's massive success. Same with the DS being cheaper than the PSP.



LordTendoboy said:


Ocarina of Time on the 3DS is a huge improvement over the N64 version. The touchscreen makes item selection much simpler (such as equipping the Iron Boots in the Water Temple), the graphics and framerate have been improved, and you unlock the Master Quest and Boss Rush modes after beating the main game.



Tasuki said:

Yep I figured that the numbers would turn around for the 3DS. IMO Nintendo just jumped the gun with the launch of the 3DS and got greedy as well with the original price tag. I hope that they learned from this mistake and they dont do the same thing with the Wii U. Its nice to see that with a botched release the 3DS didnt follow the same fate as the Virtual Boy.



komicturtle said:

Pokemon games should make the 3DS skyrocket to 8 mil
And a sequel to Super Mario 3D Land.



JJGenesis said:

The price drop paid off it seems. Even with the "Ambassador Program" I still feel like it was a kick in the teeth to those who paid the original extortionate pricetag (Like Me)



Ce2lmao said:

I think Nintendo may had gotten a bit too cocky when the 3ds first launched. Let's just hope they learn from their mistakes for when it comes the time to put a price on the wii u.



WarioPower said:

I'm glad to say that I'm one of those 4 million with my zelda themed 3ds:-D. I have had a great time reliving oot in glorious 3d, along with mk7 and a few vc games.



Geonjaha said:

@37 Nice one. ;D
I dont think Nintendo would announce the new games like this, but even if they did a new pokemon game was obvious anyway, and a new Mario Party game was also expected - I'm suprised one hasnt been announced yet.



lalalalalalal said:

The 3DS is practically re-launching, and it needed to.
I see truckloads more of 3DS TV adds, and so much more good game reviews on 3DS games. It was always a brilliant and amazing system, but now it's getting the attention it deserves.



dan561 said:

Why does the 3DS in that picture look so much nicer than the weird glittery turquoise one we actually have?



M00se said:

i remember back in may/june people were saying the vita is going to destroy the 3ds, but i dont see it destroying anything in japan right now. and of course mario 3d land and mario kart sold over 1 million, everytime i walk into gamestop or best buy theyre sold out of both. good thing i already bought both hehehe



KjPuppy said:

Always been down with Money Team. The world needs Nintendo, forget the rest. If it ever to happen that Nintendo ship is sinking I'm happly be sinking with them. I am gonna ride with them till wheels fall off. tell the bad minded people to get lost.



Wildvine53 said:

3DS is selling faster than Wii, holy cow! It just goes to show how important a killer app is for a gaming system. I'm sure the price cut also helped.



Reenie said:

I got the 3DS early, and therefore I am an ambassador. I couldn't care less about the price drop; it is a fact of life! The free games are wonderful, but tbh it wasn't needed to placate this Nintendo gamer
So so so pleased to see this news though; more systems and software being sold means to me that there will be more new software being produced!



BlueAce127 said:

Oh Nintendo... I ALWAYS knew you could do it!

To all Nintendo haters: So much for a failure, huh? It doesn't stop there, there's more, a lot more, to come!



laskecap said:

back then i dont really this system, but when i tried this thing for the first time, i made up my mind and bring this lovely handheld back home lol




omg yes BUTT STILL NO STREETPASSES and iT would get more dsi owner sells if flipnotmemo came roomer has it that it will not come till march or later and yes your most loved nl membar is an ambassador -d i predict no real good new till e3 2012 i wish it could be in alabama for the first time



Gamer83 said:

Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 make the 3DS worth owning and there's plenty of great stuff on the way for 2012. I'll give Nintendo this, the system got off to a pretty bad start but they turned it around. No doubt the price cut helped by I think the Mario games at the end of the year played just as big a role. Hopefully Nintendo learned a lesson from this and that lesson is people want Mario games. A 2D Mario platformer would be a great way to launch the Wii U.



kyuubikid213 said:

Woo! Go Nintendo! I hope PSVita manages to do the same! But, I'm a Nintendo fanboy, so...

I'll tell my friend the good news. He wants a 3DS, but he says it won't be worth it until Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask comes out for it. If that comes out, he says, he will also get Ocarina of Time 3D and Mario Kart 7.



super-nintendo said:

I helped. :] Got my 3DS the week before christmas. I enjoy it very much. 2012 will be good to Nintendo with 3DS and the incoming Wii U. Happy New Year everyone!

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