It's well known that the 3DS family of systems had a strong year in 2013 in various territories, and in terms of the UK there'd been various positive headlines throughout the 12 months. A steady stream of high-profile games — such as Pokémon X & Y, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds — enabled impressive sales throughout the year, with the 2DS also providing a boost from October onwards.
Trade publication MCV has now confirmed that the 3DS family of systems were the top-selling game devices — when treated as one range — over the course of the whole year. No figures are given for the 3DS, but the number will be above the PS4, which secured the home console crown for 2013 in its five weeks on the market — Sony's new console sold over 530,000 consoles. That certainly represents an impressive overall year for Nintendo's handheld in the UK, though as we've previously reported the Wii U's disappointing life-to-date sales in the country have already been surpassed by the Xbox One and PS4.
We'll learn more about the latest sales of both systems in various territories in the upcoming NPD results, while Nintendo will give firm figures for multiple regions in its Q3 financial reports at the end of January.