One happy mascot

In recent weeks Nintendo has been enjoying significant 3DS sales worldwide, making the most of the Holiday period. In Japan, the 3DS set a new console sales record for December, based on records that began in 1997. Although the festive period has now passed, it appears that sales of the handheld are continuing to do well.

The latest Media Create figures, as reported by Andriasang, once again confirm the 3DS as the top-selling console in Japan, selling over three times as many units as the second-placed PS3. Between 2nd and 8th January, a total of 240,819 units were sold, in comparison to 197,952 the previous week. Software for the handheld also dominated the top four positions in the chart, with Monster Hunter 3 G at number three and passing one million lifetime sales.

It's been a good start to 2012 for Nintendo in its homeland, and we'll keep an eye out for the European and North American chart results in the coming days.