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3DS Notches Up 4.5 Million U.S. Sales So Far

Posted by James Newton

Outstrips DS

3DS recently hit 4m console sales in the United States, and Nintendo of America has just revealed the system sales now stand at over 4.5m in the U.S. alone.

By comparison, the Nintendo DS sold 2.4m units in the United States in its first 12 months, so 3DS has had a pretty good opening year.

Nintendo's other figures for comparison make enlightening reading:

Total HW units sold in first 12 months: DS — 2.3 million, 3DS — 4.5 million
Total number of SW titles released in first 12 months: DS — 58, 3DS — 100+
Total units of software sold in first 12 months: DS — 5 million, 3DS — 9 million+
Total $ sales (HW, SW and accessory) in first 12 months: DS — $540 million, 3DS — $1.2 billion+

The DS figures come from the NPD Group whereas the 3DS figures are Nintendo's own, which may skew them slightly. These figures show 3DS has outstripped the first-year sales of both Wii and DS, and we know how popular they went on to be.

Worldwide 3DS has sold nearly 16m units since its launch in February 2011.

Nintendo 3DS Sells 4.5 Million Units in Its First Year in the U.S.

Platform Sells Nearly Twice as Many Units as Nintendo DS Sold in its First Year

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The era of glasses-free 3D gaming is turning one this month as Nintendo 3DS prepares to celebrate its first birthday. On March 27, 2011, video games and portable entertainment jumped into a new dimension in the U.S. and that story got richer throughout the year with record-breaking software titles such as Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 and entertainment options such as Netflix, Nintendo Video and the ability to record 3D movies. The platform enters its second year with a massive lineup of games, including the recently launched Resident Evil Revelations from CAPCOM, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games published by SEGA, TEKKEN 3D Prime Edition from NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., METAL GEAR SOLID Snake Eater 3D from Konami Digital Entertainment and the upcoming Kid Icarus: Uprising and Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir from Nintendo.

“Nintendo 3DS closes its first year with a lengthy list of accomplishments but we’re still just scratching the surface,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “With a massive lineup of first- and third-party games and more on the way, a budding library of entertainment options and an engaged and growing installed base, Nintendo 3DS has an incredibly bright future. We’re just getting started but this platform is built for the long haul.”

Some of the milestones achieved by Nintendo 3DS in its first year include:

March 27, 2011: Nintendo 3DS ushers in a new era of gaming with glasses-free 3D. Launch-day sales are the strongest in Nintendo’s history.
June 2011: The Nintendo eShop launches, letting users preview, try and buy new and classic games, download applications and watch 3D movie trailers.
June 2011: Link makes his first appearance in 3D with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which is still the best-reviewed game for Nintendo 3DS.
Summer 2011: Nintendo 3DS adds two video services:
Netflix unlimited streaming members can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes and movies.
Nintendo Video automatically delivers hand-picked 3D content from leading sites and artists.
October 2011: After only eight months, Nintendo 3DS surpasses first-year sales of Nintendo DS, the best-selling video game system in history.
Fall 2011: Mario jumps into 3D with two new games, each becoming the fastest-selling titles in their franchises’ history:
Nov. 13, 2011: Super Mario 3D Land – 1.75 million copies sold to date
Dec. 4, 2011: Mario Kart 7 – 1.45 million copies sold to date
December 2011: Users can now record up to 10 minutes of 3D video and stop-motion animation.
December 2011: Nintendo 3DS crosses 4 million units sold, passing the record pace set by the Wii.
Feb. 22, 2012: Dillon’s Rolling Western launches for the Nintendo eShop, joining hot titles Pushmo and Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive!
March 23, 2012: Nintendo 3DS closes its first year with the launch of Kid Icarus: Uprising, the first original entrant in the series in more than 20 years.
Nintendo 3DS is inexorably linked with its predecessor the Nintendo DS, the best-selling gaming system in U.S. history with more than 51 million units sold. A side-by-side comparison shows that Nintendo 3DS had a stronger first year across the board.

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User Comments (20)

ChibiJib

#2

ChibiJib said:

Lol, and when the 3ds launched, people said that the 3ds is going to fail... and the ds was a huge success, so I think that this is going to be one of nintendo's most successful console... is sales don't just suddenly drop...

Prof_Clayton

#4

Prof_Clayton said:

The 3ds is so good, it's the 1st system I've boughtbwithin a year of release, because I couldn't wait for this summer! :)

citizenerased

#5

citizenerased said:

BOOM, dubbled.

@ H4o: Unfair how, they've both had 1 holiday spike. If anything it's an unfair comparison because 3DS launched at an inopportune moment and was released too early (when software development wasn't ready yet).

But you bring a fair point about the DS lite, which is when 3rd party companies really started focusing on the DS. I think we'll also see more of a 3rd party focus from here on out on 3DS, though.

DestinyMan

#6

DestinyMan said:

Wow, wouldn't it be awesome if the 3DS sold as much or even more than the DS over the next several years? Nintendo's profits just keep piling up!

kyuubikid213

#7

kyuubikid213 said:

GO 3DS!! This is really great. I cannot wait for all of the other incredible games that will come out over the following years.

And the even more interesting thing: The US(NA) hasn't even had the 3DS for a year yet!

CorbsAdmin

#11

Corbs said:

Great to see Nintendo get the 3DS really selling. I'm sure that 1/3 price drop was tough to swallow at first, but it was obviously the right thing to do. And of course Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 didn't hurt much either. :D

Nin-freak

#15

Nin-freak said:

As I expected. People are getting used to an "updated version" of a portable device because of companies like Apple and their Iproducts. Calling it 3DS only made people want it more, since they think to be cool they have to have the "latest and best" model. So even if it is an amazing new system, this tactic may prove better.

Drewroxsox

#20

Drewroxsox said:

If the 3ds didn't have the fan base of the ds/ dsi / dsiXL, then it most likely would have sold like the first ds, which kind of makes me wonder about the name wii U ( will people who bought the wii buy it?). Good news for the 3ds btw. Now we just wait for the other 35 million+ people to upgrade :)

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