3DS Hits Five Million Sales in Japan

Mario, karts and monsters to the rescue

In recent weeks we've been reporting the exceptionally good run that 3DS is having in Japan, consistently selling more than all of its rivals combined. It's been confirmed today that it has hit yet another milestone, and in record time.

As reported by Andriasang, Japanese chart master Media Create has confirmed that the console passed the magic five million number after 52 weeks on the market. That's actually a record for Japanese hardware sales: the DS managed it in 56 weeks and the Game Boy Advance in 58 weeks. Most notably, these sales actually represent units sold in stores, rather than massaged figures of units shipped to retailers.

The dramatic price drop and three million-selling blockbusters show that a system's fortunes can turn around pretty quickly. Nintendo still made a loss in its most recent financial reports, but news like this should inspire optimism for the coming year.

[via andriasang.com]