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3DS XL Enjoys a Steady Start in UK

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Outsells 3DS 'by a factor of just over 2:1'

3DS XL arrived on Saturday in Europe and Japan, with some retailers in the UK having permission to hand out pre-orders the day before. As we reported yesterday, the latest UK charts showed a bump in some software sales, even if the new titles launched alongside the system failed to break into the top 40. It'll be next week's results that give a stronger indication of how the new handheld is performing, but some other figures and analysis have come to light that suggest a reasonable if unspectacular start for the XL.

As part of a wider feature around XL and the prospects of 3DS overall, has more sales details from its retail sources. Jonny Minkley has written the following.

Chart-Track doesn't give out hardware numbers, but I understand XL shifted a figure a little shy of five figures, outselling the original 3DS (whose total is based on seven days' data) by a factor of just over 2:1. At the same time, old 3DS was down slightly on its previous week.

As for software, sales were up 11 per cent for the week overall (following a 31 percent leap the previous week, probably inspired by the launch of Kingdom Hearts 3D). For specific titles, Mario Kart 7 jumped by 45 per cent, up to 13th in the all-formats chart, with Super Mario 3D Land up 37 per cent to 20th and Mario & Sonic's London Olympics caper predictably up 25 per cent into the bronze medal position.

For further context, it should be considered that only one full day of trading is applicable for the XL model, while 3DS had the full seven days. To outsell the original model by over double, and to prompt significant software bumps on the most prominent titles, shows that the system did have a modest impact: all against the backdrop of the first full Olympic weekend, as well.

It'll be interesting to see how this progresses, and considering the resurgence of Mario's big entries from late 2011 we may see New Super Mario Bros. 2 prompt another bump in sales.


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User Comments (22)



BenAV said:

Pretty good.
Not going to decide either way until I get my hands on one.
Was leaning towards getting one when my L button half-broke but now it seems to be working perfectly again so I'm on the fence.



Smitherenez said:

That is pretty good!
I am still on the fence of getting one. I love my original 3DS and I made it trough the whole DS generation with my DS phat, so I do not think I will be upgrading sooner or later.



DreamOn said:

August 19th can't come soon enough!

Hey Thomas, how's zen pinball on the XL? Better?



ThomasBW84 said:

@TheHermit Definitely. I downloaded Marvel Pinball as well, and the big screens are certainly a big help, plus the XL is more comfortable to hold (no pesky hand cramp yet).



gameruk said:

i got XL last friday still have my original but XL is so much better in lots of ways and mario kart on bigger screen lovin it



RupeeClock said:

All things considering, I haven't seen any TV adverts for the 3DS XL before launch.
I don't know if there are any but it looks like the 3DS XL performed admirably for its UK launch of late in the week.



gameruk said:

it dont matter what u play on xl makes all games a better experience i think my only negative is my bottom screen does not look as bright as old 3ds but the top screen on xl looks brighter than old 1 so it works out really



Ristar42 said:

I tried out Mario Kart on the XL in a shop last week, I liked the bigger screen.
Wont be replacing my existing 3DS for the moment, but I do wonder how DS and VC games look.



K1LLEGAL said:

I played a bit of Wario Land II on my 3DS XL and it still looked great; not blurry or pixelated or anything. The screen is impressive.



Falk_Sturmfels said:

Guys, I LOVE my 3DS XL. Especially ZEN P'INBALL is much more better to play - all of a sudden I started again playing that game. That machine is a damn good thing, I´m telling you.



TheConsiglio said:

Yeah XL, Show Them Who's BOSS.
Hey Did Anyone see that kid playing a Blue 3ds in the opening ceremony of the olympics?



Banker-Style said:

Considering it hasn't been advertise that well,(I've only seen 1 ad for it,and it was 1am in the morning)I think it's done pretty well.
Congrats Nintendo.

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