Worldwide 3DS Sales Reach 17 Million

Nintendo wants that number doubled

Since its Japanese release on 26th February 2011, Nintendo has sold 17.13 million 3DS consoles around the world, a number it wants to beat in the next financial year.

Between 1st April 2011 and 31st March 2012, Nintendo sold 13.52m consoles worldwide, missing its target of 14m. Originally the company set a target of 16m, which it revised down after the system faltered.

Here's a regional breakdown of 3DS hardware sales for the previous financial year:

Japanese FY 2011/2 sales: 4.79m
The Americas: 4.67m
Others: 4.06m
Total FY 2011/2 sales: 13.52m

The machine is off to a good start this year in Japan, but sales in other regions haven't demonstrated quite the same pace:

Japan Q4 FY 2011/2 sales: 1.19m
The Americas: 520,000
Others: 380,000
Total Q4 FY 2011/2 sales: 2.09m

On the software front, Nintendo also missed its targets. Originally the platform-holder predicted 62m worldwide software sales for the machine's first year, but revised that down each quarter, eventually settling on 38m.

Japan FY 2011/2 software sales: 11.13m
The Americas: 12.64m
Others: 12.22m
Total FY 2011/2 software sales: 35.99m

In the past quarter, Nintendo sold 7.95m software units worldwide, its second busiest quarter after the final three months of the 2011 calendar year.

For the upcoming financial year, Nintendo has set a target of 18.5 million 3DS consoles and 73 million software units worldwide. With New Super Mario Bros. 2 out in August, would you bet against them reaching their target this time?

[via nintendo.co.jp]