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3DS and 2DS Double Monthly US Hardware Sales to 452,000 Units For October

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Pokémon X & Y are, unsurprisingly, super effective

It's NPD results time again, such as they are, with some data revealed for hardware and software retail sales in the US. Nintendo has unsurprisingly been one of the first to announce it own results, quite simply because they're impressive.

For the sixth consecutive month in the United States the 3DS is the top selling video game hardware system, accumulating sales of over 452,000 units; that's both the 3DS and 2DS models, though no detailed splits were provided. Overall hardware sales across the whole sector were down 8% on October 2012, however, and Nintendo didn't provide any figures — or even loose indications — on the performance of Wii U hardware. New bundles have been released during November, however, and the company will hope that these offerings and the $299.99 price will perform well over the Holiday season.

On the software side Nintendo has reiterated its mantra of "software sells hardware", and of course we need look no further than Pokémon X & Y — both titles combined shifted 1.7 million units in October in the US, with X coming out on top over Y. 3DS first-party software sales passed two million sales last month, the highest figure since December 2011's results that were driven by Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.

Nintendo's messaging in its announcement is very much on plugging the libraries available and on the way to Wii U and 3DS; it's clear that releases such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D World will be vital to their respective systems. With the PS4 and Xbox One also landing, the results for November and December will be fascinating to see.

This month is all about the 3DS, however, with its monthly numbers being the highest for any home console or handheld gaming system in 2013. The power of Pokémon strikes again.


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Royalblues said:

Perhaps the last month for a while in which Nintendo hardware is leading.
Oh well. Still gonna be on that Pokemon! And Etrian Odyssey.
Yeah, I'm in that stage in my gaming life.



DarkCoolEdge said:

3DS is getting better by the day. I've been playing Bravely Default demo and it has a lot of potential. I hope its story is good.
And in a few days... Zelda time!
Plus Layton, Phoenix Wright, Batman... there's plenty to satisfy almost anyone (no love for fps or driving lovers).



Gioku said:

Holy crud, that's a lot!
You wouldn't believe how many people have Pokémon X and Pokémon Y at my school!



Royalblues said:

@Gioku Mine too, and we're in College!!
Our study group was playing Pokemon in breaks between studying for our chemistry exam, which we conquered like corporate executives.

Friend Safari >> Breeding >> Battling >> FC exchange >> Stereochemistry. It was awesome.



Gioku said:

@Royalblues I'm a Junior in High School, and I know at least 10 other high schoolers who have the game, several of which who are Seniors!



Qeuix said:

@Royalblues @Gioku I am a senior as well sadly I know no one with a single copy of the game, besides my cousin and she is almost done with college!



Grocery-bag said:

@Qeuix @Gioku @Royalblues.. I'm 26, a parallegal for a lawfirm, and have Pokémon Y... First game was Yellow... Stopped for over a decade, dabbled in Black but disnt get into it, bought Y and became obsessed... For us older folks that love to gamble, it really quenches your thirst... And I have like 85 friends on my 3DS because of Y... It is a rock solid game



Yamitora1 said:

Nintendo needs to work on dropping the Wii U's price a little more. They act like its a price cut, all they really did was throw away the basic model and gave the deluxe its price. They could at least offer the basic model for $249.99 or something.



Royalblues said:

@Gioku @Qeuix @Grocery-bag You guys are all awesome. I would hang out with you guys. I'm glad that you realized your dream, or are working on it, while still finding the time to play these nostalgic games.



Lalivero said:

21 here and still got plenty of friends who play Pokémon as well, some of which are posting up daily, like their own artwork and stuff, to Facebook.

I even ran into an old friend when I got my copy on launch day funnily enough, among the bazillion people popping in and out for their copies that day, haha. Got a bunch of streetpass hits when I hung out at the Starbucks next door afterward.



Ash_Anne said:

I'm not to surprised by this. I'm 24 and I bought X day one. It is a great Pokemon game. I even bought Y for my bf as a very early Christmas present. I figured it would be torture if I made him wait! I kinda wish my younger cousins would play it but I guess they don't see they appeal to it.



luckybreak said:

It would be really awesome to see the 3DS maintain its spot in november and december. Maybe mega blackfriday sales and link between worlds have it magically beat out ps4 and xbox one?



SanderEvers said:

@Urchin8 It's not bad either.

@HawkeyeWii Nintendo doesn't release that kind of news until they're ready to show something. So, have they started developing the next Pokémon title? Most likely. When will we hear about it? Q1-2 2014.



Peach64 said:

Most people are saying the Wii U did 55k. I'm kinda surprised it dropped back down like that. I thought the price drop and Zelda would keep it at decent numbers til Christmas. This is the first time in six months I'm beginning to doubt that Wii U will not be the top seller this December.



EverythingAmiibo said:

@Gioku Same at my highschool, at first only me and 1 friend had a 3DS, and then all of a sudden I'm getting 10 streetpasses, all last playing Pokemon! Unfortuneately I have to wait 'till christmas for my copy D`:



Morph said:

If only nintendo could get the magic working with wii u, i always fancied 3ds to do well in the end, i dont have that same hope for wii u, which is a shame because its a great machine



datamonkey said:

"though no detailed splits were provided" You mean there were no pictures of Reggie doing the splits? Disappointing!



Kirk said:

So, at this point the 3DS/2DS is pretty much sorted all round, from sales numbers to a high number of genuine quality games and even it's general perception/reception among the gaming crowd.

After a very shaky start I have to admit that my initial fears have proven to be unfounded. See, this is me admitting I was wrong and jumping the gun a bit. I thought Nintendo was really going to struggle selling the 3DS but Nintendo actually did what it needed to do to get this thing back on track; a massive price cut, multiple different models and new colors, lots of great first party titles as well as a few solid third party titles. The massive price cut and a high enough volume of genuinely great first party titles at regular intervals being the most important factors here clearly.

Now, can it do the same with Wii U...?

I think that is a far far bigger challenge at this point than the 3DS ever faced but I really hope Nintendo can somehow turn things around similarly to how they have done with 3DS. So far I don't think it's done enough to achieve that, at this point I'm still predicting the Wii U will likely end up being one of Nintendo's worst selling home consoles ever based on where everything is at right now, but we'll see how that situation develops as we go forward I guess...



Emaan said:

I know so many people at my school that bought a 3DS just for these games, so this makes sense.

Well done Pokemon



Peach64 said:

I know a lot of people don't like to talk about doom and gloom, but the thing that annoys me most is seeing comments like 'These 3rd parties are conspiring against the Wii U, it's doing no worse than PS3 or 3DS in the early days', and I feel I have to let them know that yes, it's doing much worse than either of those two ever did.

People keep saying the only reason Wii U versions sell less is because they come out late, or are missing big features such as multiplayer… but Assassins Creed IV came out the same time as the others, all the same features as the others, but has once again been a huge flop on Wii U with less than 7000 sales, which makes up less than 1% of total sales. When the big games next holiday fail to come out on Wii U, this is why.

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