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Nintendo 3DS Sales Pass 5 Million in U.S.

Posted by James Newton

Zelda goes gold too

Nintendo of America sold over 155,000 3DS consoles in June to take the system's total U.S. sales past the five million mark.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D managed to squeak past the one million mark inside a year, joining Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 at the top of the sales tree. Those three titles have sold close to five million units between them, to nobody's real surprise.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a month or so away and will surely give 3DS hardware sales another boost.

Nintendo 3DS Crosses 5 Million Units Sold

Nintendo 3DS, which lets users see 3D images without the need for special glasses, has now sold 5 million units in the United States, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. With Nintendo 3DS XL, which features 90 percent larger screens, and New Super Mario Bros. 2 both launching on Aug. 19, and a holiday lineup that sees the Luigi’s Mansion and Paper Mario franchises make their hand-held debuts, the system’s momentum should continue through 2012 and beyond.

“Nintendo 3DS is entering the next phase of its life cycle with new hardware, new games and proven franchises. This milestone shows we’ve got a great foundation to build from,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The game lineup for Nintendo 3DS last holiday season was one of the strongest in our history. We’re poised to top it this year. Every week, gamers will have the best franchises in the world in a glasses-free 3D experience that can’t be found anywhere else. Add Wii U into the mix and it’s a great time to be a Nintendo fan.”

Other Nintendo milestones achieved in June include:

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D became the third Nintendo 3DS title to sell more than 1 million units, joining Super Mario 3D Land (2.1 million units sold life to date) and Mario Kart 7 (1.75 million units sold life to date).
For the month, two of the top five and nine of the top 25 best-selling software SKUs play on Nintendo platforms.
For the second month in a row, Nintendo held a 75 percent market share for portable hardware in the United States.
Nintendo sold more than 400,000 total hardware units in June and saw double-digit growth across each of its product lines compared to May. This includes more than 155,000 Nintendo 3DS systems, more than 150,000 units of the Nintendo DS family of systems and nearly 95,000 Wii consoles.

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User Comments (31)

mamp

#1

mamp said:

So it's past the 1 million mark and still no announcement for Majora's Mask for the 3DS!? NINTENDO WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND CUZ I'LL HELP YA FIND IT!!!

PuzzleMaster7

#2

PuzzleMaster7 said:

@mamp Don't forget to mention if it came out with a limited edition Majora's Mask 3DS bundle, it would really boost up sales.

shingi_70

#8

shingi_70 said:

Those are good numbers will probably hit ten million before the year is done.

lanabanana

#9

lanabanana said:

Just imagine how the 3DS is gonna be selling when Flipnote Memo & Animal Crossing 3D come out! :D I'm so happy for Nintendo! :)

luminalace

#13

luminalace said:

OK so if the 3DS sold 155,000 + The DS sold 150,000 and Nintendo took 75% of the portable market, it means roughly that the PS Vita sold around 100K units!

Honestly I thought the Vita would be doing worse numbers and I'm surprised how well the DS family still sell!

XCWarrior

#19

XCWarrior said:

Need some 3rd party games to be good enough to reach the 1 million sales mark now.

BenAV

#21

BenAV said:

Not a bad start.
Now just gotta keep it going.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 will provide a nice boost in sales you'd think.

Tasuki

#22

Tasuki said:

I am sure the numbers will jump next month with the release of the 3DSXL.

thefabfour64

#23

thefabfour64 said:

Boost coming this August in the form of the 3DSXL and NSMB2. This autumn/winter will be quite nice for the 3DS.

FluttershyGuy

#24

FluttershyGuy said:

I want to see Kid Icarus: Uprising enentually reach a million units sold worldwide. This incredible game deserves to be a million seller and more! Still waiting/hoping for a Link to the Past remake announcement myself!

Shworange

#26

Shworange said:

Thats quite remarkable numbers for a rerelease of a game! 40 million dollars in Nintendo's bank without having to create a game from scratch! I would be working on Majora's mask now if I were you. ;)

Rococoman

#28

Rococoman said:

@FluttershyGuy I wonder what the break-even sales point is on Kid Icarus. With its ridiculously long dev time, as well as the heaps of marketing behind it, Nintendo's gotta be disappointed in its sales.

Part of me will be sad if NSMB2 kills Mario 3D land in sales. I thought 3D land was a spectacular tribute to 2D and 3D Marios, having tons of content for the hardcore as well as being accessible for new folks. NSMB2 looks... well, like 2D Mario. I'm sure it will be great, but I just don't get why 3D Mario just can't nail the crazy sales ( > 10 mil ) that 2D can.

TheGreenSpiny

#29

TheGreenSpiny said:

@mamp: 1 million isn't that great in this day and age, and Ocarina outsold Majora's Mask by a wide margin on N64, so don't hold your breath.

grumblebuzzz

#30

grumblebuzzz said:

@mamp Majora's Mask is a game that is only popular with hardcore fans, while Ocarina of Time is considered one of the best games of all time by a much larger audience. The whole "Make Majora's Mask 3D!!!" rant that's going around on the internet is basically the same thing that the Xenoblade thing was last year — a smaller (yet very vocal) group that wants a game that only caters to a certain audience released. Majora's Mask 3D wouldn't be a system-seller for Nintendo.

grumblebuzzz

#31

grumblebuzzz said:

@Rococoman I think we will find that as they continue to rehash 2D Mario over and over in the same art style and with less and less "new" features, the 3D series will eventually outsell or at least come to par with it. NSMB2 probably has had the least positive reaction from fans of any Mario game ever. I mean, sure, it'll be fun and we'll enjoy it, but they can only make us play the same game again for so long before we look for newer, more exciting experiences.

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