A big egg for a big year

With 2014 slowly cranking into gear, Nintendo of America has taken an opportunity to remind us of some notable successes for the 3DS in 2013, while emphasizing "games planned for early 2014 to keep the momentum going". Just earlier today we reported that the 3DS was the UK's top selling games system in 2013, and naturally that success has been translated elsewhere.

Nintendo of America's press release outlined some key facts in numbers, reproduced below:

  • More than 16 million combined packaged and digital Nintendo 3DS games were sold in 2013, an increase of more than 45 percent over 2012’s Nintendo 3DS game sales — we suspect this is for North America as a whole, it's not clarified.
  • The Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems, which also includes Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS, has crossed lifetime hardware sales of more than 11.5 million in the United States alone.
  • Seven Nintendo 3DS games that launched in 2013 have a Metacritic score of 85 or higher, including two games at 90+ (The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Fire Emblem Awakening).
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The press release also drops a North American release date for Yoshi's New Island, confirming that it'll arrive in the region on 14th March. Disney Magical World will arrive on 11th April, meanwhile, in which you manage a cafe, plant crops and collect Disney character cards while messing around with hundreds of Disney-themed outfits and accessories — this is a localisation of Disney Magic Castle, which was a big success in Japan. Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, added the following.

Nintendo 3DS is a powerhouse with games and experiences that appeal to all kinds of players. We’re not slowing down in 2014. With more games featuring fan-favorite franchises on the way, the best days of Nintendo 3DS are still to come.

Are you looking forward to these releases, and do you think the 3DS has a successful 2014 ahead?