Soothsayers, Begone - 3DS Software Sales Rise 89 Percent Over Last Year

Nintendo's handheld remains robust in the face of mobile competition

Like a broken record, industry experts seem to delight in telling anyone that will listen that the 3DS is doomed. The rise of mobile phone gaming on iOS and Android seems to suggest to many that traditional consoles have no real future, but this anaylsis conviently ignores the fact that smartphones and consoles offer two very different gameplay experiences. There's no reason why they can't both coexist.

Proof of that comes from figures released today by Nintendo of America. According to the firm, 3DS software sales have risen a staggering 89 percent over the same period in 2011.

Of course, some of this growth will be down to the fact that there are more 3DS consoles out there now than there was a year ago, but even so, it's the kind of jump that most hardware manufacturers dream of.

Here's the full press release:

Nintendo 3DS XL continued to impact the video game market in September as overall sales of Nintendo 3DS software increased by 89 percent from the same period a year ago. Standout titles include New Super Mario Bros. 2, which sold more than 295,000 units in its second month, as well as Mario Kart 7, Star Fox 64 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which all saw sales increases compared to last month.

“Nintendo 3DS XL continues to galvanize our Nintendo 3DS business,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Hardware sales are up, software sales are increasing exponentially and the attach rate is growing stronger every month. With a great slate of upcoming games, including Paper Mario: Sticker Star, which arrives exactly one month from today, we like our position heading into the crucial holiday selling season.”