Nintendo Enjoys Bumper North American Hardware Sales In November
Posted by Orla Madden
More than 1.75 million hardware units shifted in one month
Nintendo has released its sales figures for the month of November, revealing that it has sold more than 1.75 million units across the US. This means that November 2012 marks the 36th time that Nintendo has sold over 1 million units in a month in North America since 2004.
Attributing to this remarkable sales figure were strong sales on Black Friday and - of course - the arrival of the Wii U. The latest Nintendo home console sold more than 425,000 units - almost close to matching the Wii system’s launch total of 475,000 units.
Here's what Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, had to say on the topic:
The groundbreaking Wii U, the continued strength of Nintendo 3DS and the enduring appeal of Wii and Nintendo DS drove momentum on Black Friday and through November. Wii U is off to a tremendous start in the United States, is essentially sold out at retail and has cemented its status as the ‘must-have’ product this holiday season.
With 910,000 Nintendo handheld systems sold throughout the month, the 3DS accounted for more than half of that figure, shifting 540,000 systems in time for the holiday season. This means the system has clocked up 6.5 million sales in North America since launch.
November included more that just the Wii U and 3DS of course, and you can find a full breakdown of this information below:
Wii U - Following its launch on Nov. 18 and with only seven days of sales captured in the data, Wii U sold more than 425,000 units, nearly matching the Wii system’s first-week total of 475,000. On the software front, New Super Mario Bros. U sold more than 243,000 units, an attach rate of nearly 60 percent.
3DS - The platform kicked off its second holiday season by selling nearly 540,000 units and has now sold nearly 6.5 million units life to date. Additionally, Mario Kart 7 became the second Nintendo 3DS game to cross 2 million units sold in the U.S.
Wii: In its seventh November, Wii sold 420,000 units and has now sold more than 40 million units in the United States alone.
DS In its 97th month overall, Nintendo DS sold more than 370,000 units and will cross 53 million units sold life to date in the next few days.