While the 3DS may not have sales tracking alongside those of the DS family of systems, it's achieved a great deal after a poor start and — as most would agree — performed well in an increasingly crowded, volatile market. Nintendo had hoped for better, naturally, having revised its yearly target down just recently, but that's potentially a legacy of DS-level optimism meeting up against a smart device world.
Looking beyond dropped projections, however, the current handheld continues to set modern day landmarks, such as ending 2013 as the top-selling games hardware in territories such as the U.S. and UK. Naturally it'll have seized that crown in Japan, too, but Famitsu is now reporting that, as of 26th January, the system has passed 15 million unit sales in Japan. That incorporates both the standard and XL (LL in Japan) models, while the 2DS has not yet been released in Nintendo's homeland.
It's another major landmark for the system, and it'll be interesting to see how it performs throughout 2014.
[source famitsu.com, via siliconera.com]
That's good to hear! But for now, we have to focus on the Wii U. 2014 is the time for the Wii U to shine!
OMG that is such a huge achievement... the Wii U need some of that Nintendo magic!
Does that mean that the 3DS has reached Nintendo's expectations?
Nintendo will shine once again to become the king of gameing true fact 2014 is the year wii u will come back strong
The 3DS is essential for any serious gamer. Hopefully Nintendo can keep up the momentum through 2014. Now as for the Wii U, Nintendo needs to wow gamers in its next Direct and get some games out the door. People don't like to be kept waiting.
The 3DS will sell just like the GBA, if this trend continues, which is just half the sales of the DS (80M vs. 150M).
I'm not saying it's not selling well (look at the Vita), after all it's the best selling system of 2013 worldwide, but I suspect Nintendo is not that happy.
@SuperCharlie78 Spot on. I'm baffled by how many people refer to the 3DS as the best selling handheld ever. You can see why Nintendo are disappointed. Sales were less in 2013 than the previous year in every major market.
Nintendo have done a great job, it's not their fault, but mobile gaming had taken a huge chunk out of the handheld market. Apple sold 51 million iPhones in the last 3 months and they're still selling less than Samsung's phones. Over a billion smartphones were sold worldwide in 2013. Games that cost very little to make sell over 15 million copies in less than a week.
That's great news! I do wonder how it's doing compared to previous handhelds
This brings the doom to non-doom Nintendo articles to simply a 20 to 1 ratio. Getting better!
Nintendo had assumed that the WiiU and 3ds would sell at the rate of the Wii and DS in their glory days. That's just not reasonable. However, the 3ds is selling well and I believe the WiiU will find its stride this year. I predict once Mario Kart is released.
Im confident this crushes Vita, even icluding TV Vita, but what are PSP sales #, including PSPgo which probably sold better in Japan than anywhere else?
Is 2DS ever coming out in Japan? Or does Nintendo have a master plan to destroy the eyesite of every child in the nation?
25% price drop and a plethora of good games sells systems. Time for Nintendo to put everything they learned from their 3DS mistakes into practice for the Wii U. $249 MK8 bundles in time for spring break. Theres probably a beach level in their somewhere.
I wonder how long it took the DS to sell that much.
@DarkCoolEdge DS took 2 years as opposed to the 3 years for 3DS.
Great! Now advertise the Wii U ON TV!
A £199 Mario Bundle and a £159 Basic Bundle with Wii Party U will help....Hopefully! Ah well, I guess we'll see!
DS had way more software. My guess is that that has effected sales.
Wowza!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go 3DS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love my XL, easily the best handheld (of the nearly 20 that I have played and that says a lot)
so if this is from Japan only, how much is the total 3DS hardware sales around the world?
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