It has been well documented that the Nintendo 3DS is really starting to slow down, with the number of new releases for the platform almost dwindling to a complete standstill. Having said that, a handful of new games did just about manage to find their way to store shelves last year, and the console's fantastic catalogue of titles are still driving system sales to this day.
Now, thanks to new data from the NPD Group's Mat Piscatella, we can see exactly which Nintendo 3DS games were the best-selling of 2018 in the US. None of these managed to break into the top 20 across all platforms - which was entirely dominated by Switch, PS4, and Xbox One as you might expect - but it's interesting to see which games are performing the best this late in the 3DS' life.
Note: Just like the top ten Switch game list we shared earlier, this chart has been ranked by dollar sales, not unit sales, and looks at physical sales only.
1) Pokémon Ultra Sun
2) Pokémon Ultra Moon
3) Mario Kart 7
4) Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
5) Detective Pikachu
6) Super Mario 3D Land
8) Luigi's Mansion
9) Mario Party: The Top 100
10) Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
As is often the case with Nintendo handhelds, Pokémon is dominating the chart, with the latest generation of offerings claiming the top two spots and last year's spin-off, Detective Pikachu, doing very well for itself, too. While some of 2018's new releases did make it into the top ten, the business end of the table consists purely of older, evergreen titles.
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