If hotcakes were made of plastic and metal

The 3DS is approaching its forth month on the Japanese market, and video gaming magazine Enterbrain has reported that the handheld console has reached an important milestone in terms of hardware sales.

It's taken the 3DS 13 weeks to surpass one million domestic sales, slightly slower than the original DS which took four weeks, and the DS Lite and DSi which both took eight weeks. The DSi XL took the longest of all the DS models when it sold a million units 25 weeks after its launch.

After an impressive Japanese debut, the 3DS slowly started to lag behind the Sony PlayStation Portable, but thanks in part to recent third-party releases, hardware sales have now picked up enough for Nintendo to reach the handheld's first milestone. In the week ending 5th June, 27,357 3DS consoles were sold and ranked #2 in the hardware chart behind the PSP which managed to shift 30,155 units.

Software sales for the same week saw numerous titles for Nintendo platforms taking up 50 percent of the top ten: Pandora's Tower sold 8,436 copies and was ranked #8, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional is still going strong and was ranked #4 with 10,729 copies, Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS sold equally as well with 11,014 copies which secured a position at #3, but it's Capcom and Namco's 3DS efforts that are leading the software sales with Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D selling 58,792 copies and One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP selling 16,753 units, placing #1 and #2 respectively.

With the Flare Red 3DS arriving in conjunction with the Japanese release of Star Fox 64 3D, hardware sales should hopefully remain steady in the coming weeks.

[source andriasang.com, via m-create.com]