3DS sales nearing 6 million in US

Nintendo reveals new sales milestone for latest portable hardware; limited edition flame red bundle announced for Black Friday.

The 3DS family of systems (3DS and 3DS XL) has now sold nearly six million units in the United States alone, Nintendo announced today. In all, the system has moved over 22 million units globally as of September 30, with software sales at 64.45 million units.

The 3DS launched in the US during March 2011 at $250 before Nintendo quickly slashed its going rate down to $170.

In addition, Nintendo announced today a new limited 3DS bundle for Black Friday (pictured).

The pack includes a flame red system and a copy of 2011's Super Mario 3D Land preinstalled for $170. Purchased separately, the system would run $170 and the game $40.

For more on Super Mario 3D Land, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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drgribb
drgribb

How is this "limited edition"??  I got this same bundle (fire red with mario 3ds) at the same price on a regular day last January.... lol "black friday" deal.... yeah right.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Nintendo bothers me by not recognizing that their catalog library is the "killer app" and pricing it accordingly.  In the app-based economy, it seems too much to pay $5-$10 for a nearly 30-year-old game.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Between price drops and more games coming out this has become a great system. Handhelds are always more of a slow burner than consoles. Still smart phones have been a game changer as they mean Nintendo has lost the casual market they built up with the DS. I own both a Vita and 3DS and they are both great systems, though as of today I have to give the edge to the Vita in no small part on the strength of Persona 4 Golden. JRPGs have consistently for me been the most enjoyable games on hand held platforms for quite a while, even on smart phones/tablets. Between the DS and the PSP Sony's system was by far the stronger in this category (though the DS had some real gems) this time around they are rather more even, though for now P4G will be the Vita's unmatched killer-app for JRPG fans.

advocacy
advocacy

The red limited edition isn't a Nintendo 3DS XL? No deal.

franzito
franzito

Nintendo handhelds will always sell because they have catnip, even if the library is average.

joe_b1_kenobi
joe_b1_kenobi

Mines gathering abit of dust atm. Looking forward to scribblenauts unlimited, luigis mansion 2 and animal crossing though. So that should get me playing again. Just want some release dates. Come on on nintendo!!!

ADO300
ADO300

the 3DS is amazing but there is only 1 problem i have with the system... no bloody metroid or F-zero game on it =/ love resident evil tho, in my opinion better then RE5 and RE6 combined

BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

Does that mean more & more kids will need glasses after staring crosseyed at their 3DS for hours on end?

daniel_chacon
daniel_chacon

ps vita need great games not bad games like black ops declassified!! i support ps vita because it's an awesome portable well done, but publishers, first and third party, must do great games!!! i really hope that killzone mercenary is the first fps to be really great on vita since is being made by guerilla themselves, i have my fingers crossed!

alenth
alenth

We need the new Castlevania game for 3DS and more RPG's, because Mario games are boring as hell :/

Jhowkun
Jhowkun

Why the hell Nintendo thinks Americans hate new colors and special editions with cool stamps?

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

That's good and all but I think they need to keep their foot down and give us more software. This year had some greats like Kid Icarus and Paper Mario but we need more. 2013 should have a good lineup with Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, Luigi's Mansion, Monster Hunter 3D, but I want to see more stuff out of Japan like Bravely Default and Project X Zone. Personally I think that Castlevania game looks busted. I'm not a fan of what I've seen so far. Where is the sequel to the World Ends with You? Where is the DK, Zelda, and Metroid? 

tgwolf
tgwolf

The 3DS is great, no doubts there. Could it be better? Certainly. But the real proof of success comes when it is not a holiday such as Christmas...

LordelX
LordelX

I'm pretty surprised. I enjoy my 3DS XL much, much more than I thought I would. StreetPass is pretty awesome. Here in Japan, I get hit at least 10 times if I go to a public place. When I was in North America for a month, I didn't get hit even once. Of course, like everyone I've ever talked to, I never use the 3D...

hadlee73
hadlee73

While I'm not a fan of the 3D mode (I go cross-eyed with eye strain) the 3DS deserves the success it is getting. One of the smartest moves Nintendo made was admitting they'd made a mistake with the initial pricing and lowering it, which led to the massive boom in sales. Now, if only another company could see to admitting they may have also been a bit wrong in the pricing area ... :P

dylan417
dylan417

I've questioned a lot of my +$200 purchases. Not the case for my 3DS, it's a great piece of hardware that I have a ton of faith in looking towards future. I really hope Nintendo is dishing up a new Legend of Zelda for it.

soulless4now
soulless4now

With all the games that's been getting released, I'm sure it'll be a hot seller on Black Friday or this holiday season in general. 

Flint247
Flint247

The Nintendo 3DS is a success. It had a slow start, but that changed quickly. It is a great handheld to have. Thanks, Nintendo, for making it. I hope more awesome games come to it in the future.

SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

I think nintendos handhelds have honestly outsold all other major consoles combined lol guess they know what they're doing!!

Justinps2hero
Justinps2hero

~Six million..................proud to be part of that number. Great little system.

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

"Booo! BOOO! smartphones will drive portable consoles out of business!"

 

...yeah right... They're not going down without a hell of a fight...

 

...but sssshhhh!! don't tell the smartphones they can win the battle at any time if they start including gamepads with buttons... And maybe everyone will forget about Xperia and let the portables live a little longer...

AndCarlsen
AndCarlsen

I guess that's okay. Not very good, but it isn't a failure or anything like that. Portables handhelds just aren't that popular outside Japan, I think.

ChunkyDrawers
ChunkyDrawers

How many of them are collecting dust though?

SemperFi189
SemperFi189

 @theKSMM Was that specific game made 30 years ago, or the brand is 30 years old.

Hurvl
Hurvl

 @WeWerePirates Handhelds might sell slower than consoles, but the Nintendo DS has sold more than 150 million units since 2004 and is actually just a million units behind PS2, which is the most sold console ever. I don't see how the 3DS could ever get close to that amount, but it just shows how handhelds (especially Nintendo's) can be really lucrative.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

 @LordelX In Japan, its portable land and anything that is popular   is cool and makes you feel proud. In NA, they are not popular

SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

They did an interesting article on Nintendo in time magazine this week. Basically the original game boy and Wii each sold like 90 million units

AndCarlsen
AndCarlsen

 @ChunkyDrawers Considering the amount of good games that are being released both on retail and on the eshop, I'd say none. 

super_voltron
super_voltron

allot of women tend to buy the ds over the other hand helds so that may be a reason why it sells so well. i know allot of people who own a psp (almost all of them men).  so yeah since there are more women then men in the world. Plus theres the nintendo characters (who could resist mario) and of course add to that one of those trademark nintendo gimmicks lol and you have a classic.

 

glimpus
glimpus

 What's that?  I can't hear you over all the great games I've been playing on my 3DS..

SMH@YOU!

alenth
alenth

 @yamilvirginio because of no monster hunter on VITA, that's the only reason.

 

And i enjoy both my 3DS and VITA systems.

Jhowkun
Jhowkun

I don't hate Vita but only a single game caught my attention so far. Maybe as the time goes on... Anyway, iOS games aren't collecting dust 'cause they're digital lol

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

I hear both are collecting dust, iOS games FTW Baby!

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever

 @sinn_exit  @AndCarlsen  @ChunkyDrawers Really, why hate on Vita?  This has nothing to do with Vita.   Vita is a more grown up handheld and not meant for kids.  If you love the 3DS then enjoy it while the adults have a unreal blast with the Vita!  Let me know how Mario 36 is doing?  Have to know that character like the back of your hand right?  Sheep..