3DS sales reach 11.5 million in US alone, Nintendo calls system a "powerhouse"

Nintendo also announces March 14 launch date for Yoshi's New Island.

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Nintendo has now sold more than 11.5 million "3DS family" units in the United States alone, the company announced today. Worldwide, Nintendo has sold more than 34.98 million systems as of September 30, meaning the US market makes up about one-third of all sales. Importantly, Nintendo counts 3DS XL and the 2DS as part of the "3DS family."

Gamers also bought a record number of 3DS games in 2013, Nintendo said. The company sold over 16 million combined packaged and digital 3DS games last year in North America, an increase of 45 percent compared to 2012.

On a worldwide basis, Nintendo has sold more than 122 million 3DS games as of September 30.

"Nintendo 3DS is a powerhouse with games and experiences that appeal to all kinds of players," Nintendo of America marketing executive Scott Moffitt said.

Moffitt added that the "best days" of the 3DS are still to come in 2014 and beyond. To that end, Nintendo also announced today that Yoshi's New Island will launch March 14 in stores and through the eShop. The new Super Smash Bros. game is also coming to the 3DS sometime in 2014.

Finally, Nintendo today announced Disney Magical World, a new game that features "dozens" of Disney characters in numerous Disney-themed worlds. This game launches on the 3DS in stores and through the eShop on April 11.

Discussion

149 comments
the_grin
the_grin

The 3DS is on fire! I shout in my best NBA Jam voice. Nintendo needs to keep the great first party content going and roll out stellar 3rd party content. I am looking forward to Bravely Default and Persona Q.

thehawk3986
thehawk3986

I truly love my 3DS XL.. besides my PS4 it was definitely one of my favorite console purchases of 2013. My PSVita gets a ton of love as well, but it is going to take sometime before the Vita really takes off. honestly speaking outside of mario and Zelda the first year of the 3DS library was pretty slim. Nintendo fan base is incredibly strong, and many of you may not know this but Pokemon X/Y probably sold the majority of that 11.5 million. Can't wait for the Wii U to get a stronger RPG library or just a stronger library in general. I don't have any console bias. I truly just want to play great games!!

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

It's pretty bad when your portable system is doing better than your home system... But who am I to complain? I didn't buy a wiiU, or a 2/3ds... But I am just saying, wake up nintendo, and save the wiiU, if you can...

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

It has some great games like Fire Emblem, Pokemon XY and Bravely Default, but is terrible as a hardware and comes with abysmal practices like region lock (everything 50% more expensive, doesn't get cheaper over time and comes up to 1 year later for Europe) and digital games tied to hardware and not account. I have one and it's a rather mixed bag. Decent games, bad machine and company policies.

Artwark
Artwark

Yeah Nintendo, show the world you don't need other devs to make you the best!!!!! :D


hystavito
hystavito

I wish they would port some of these games everyone raves about to WiiU.  I don't think it would lead to any loss of 3DS sales, considering the WiiU is not doing well anyway and is not a mobile platform.

hammoud
hammoud

I guess Nintendo is doing something right. Good for them

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

I don't think Nintendo knows the meaning of the word "power"...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

The 3DS has games, and Nintendo is running away from the 3D gimmick.  A model of how a system should be.


The Wii U is everything the 3DS is not.

Barighm
Barighm

I'm seriously considering getting one. I don't like the small screen, but it's built quite a good collection of RPGs.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Nintendo has sold more than 34.98 million" That's an oddly precise number, why not just say that it has almost sold 35 million units?

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

Has anyone seen the Digimon World 3DS game that came out in japan last year?  It's a port of the PSP game with a lot of enhancements.  Definitely want to see that released overseas

marcsters
marcsters

Nintendo isn't going to be "doooooomed" for a while thanks to the 3DS and the Wii U won't be the next Dreamcast anytime soon.

snxx
snxx

@thehawk3986 Analyzing the data, I have one information that may be surprising for you: those numbers don't contain any Pokemon X/Y driven sales.

Check this out: Nintendo released data from 2013 third quarter, that data says they've sold 34.98 million 3DS, and 11.43 million of those were in USA. So, they weren't talking about any new data in that report, they were only detailing/bragging/drawing attention to old data (probably to contrast it to fourth quarter data soon to be released). Now, as Pokemon X/Y were released on October, it's influence will be felt over fourth quarter - along with holidays sales.

So be prepared to see some dramatically bigger numbers soon, when Nintendo releases fourth quarter data. :)

snxx
snxx

@Jshaw71Is it? Then it should be pretty bad for Microsoft and Sony too, because Nintendo DS is the second best selling console of all time - and will probably surpass PS2 (and become THE best selling console in history) in the next semester.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@Ultramarinus Region lock sucks. Digital Games tied to hardware and not account sucks as well.  But Overpriced, proprietary memory sucks more than that.


Say what you will but nothing can surpass the dreadful return of Memory Cards.  We came all this way from spending $34-$40 for an extra 8mb of data space, only to go back to it?  It was enough with the PSP and most thought Sony would've learned their lesson but they didn't.  At least we found a way around the PSP's problem with Pro Duo Adapters.


There are things much worse then Region lock and Hardware tied accounts.  For one, the 3DS seems to be getting JRPGS on their system and hopefully we will see more if Bravely Default sells well.  As for hardware tied accounts, they could one day change that with an update

snxx
snxx

@DiamondDM13

pow·er [pou-er] noun
1. ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something.
4.
the possession of control or command over others; authority; ascendancy.

So, rulling the portable market? Check. Far surpassing your competition? Check. Being one of the fastest selling consoles on videogame's history? Check.

Actually, I think they understand very well what power means. Maybe you're the one confused about the word? :)

rey2
rey2

@Barighm They're not trippin' you man.  Seriously get a 3DS XL if you plan on buying one.

b1gt0ne
b1gt0ne

@Barighm What are you talking about? The XL's screen is enormous.

snxx
snxx

@HurvlBecause precise data beats vague data.

mamelon2012
mamelon2012

@marcstersprobably true.  Wouldn't think that reading most of the crap news articles on this site however.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

@snxx  I think it is, but that's just me, I am not saying I hate the 3ds, It seems like a good systerm, but generally speaking a companies  home system shouldn't be eclipsed by it's portable system but there are times it happens not often, but it happens 

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

@PosiTVEMinD355 The thing is that I shouldn't have to choose between those two. It's not like I bought Vita and comparing them anyway.


But, there's nothing as bad as region lock. I'm paying at least 50% more and up to DOUBLE the US price (because US region actually gets price reductions unlike EU and games arrive much earlier so you'll find 45€ worth of games being sold for 30$ there) for any game on the 3DS. If only I could shell out 40$ for one time and then buy games from US Eshop or a store from US. I don't care for a dozen European languages anyway, just want English.


So yeah, tell me something worse than paying 30$ more for practically every AAA 3DS title.

divinejester
divinejester

@PosiTVEMinD355@doggiezillaNah I think its right. Even if its sold more, doesn't change the fact that from a technical standpoint the vita is a better system. Take away Mario and Zelda and you cant give the system away.


And I love how the 2ds, and the xl, and xl plus etc. all count as the same system.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@snxx@DiamondDM13 Nah, I can tell you the 3DS is not a powerhouse. It's pales in comparison to the Vita. It may be selling way better, have way better games, but as a machine, the Vita is far superior. It just lack the appeal the 3DS has.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@snxxBut you never hear anyone say stuff like that otherwise. You don't hear anyone say "it's almost 1.37 pm" or "I nearly spent 397,5 dollars today when I went shopping". More than 34,98 is so close to 35 that you might just as well say 35 or almost 35.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@divinejester @PosiTVEMinD355 @doggiezilla 

Yes, let's ignore all the other games on the system that have sold very well. The system was already a smash hit before A Link Between Worlds came out. 


Also who gives a damn if the Vita is better from a technical standpoint? Sure it's more powerful, but that's really not helping it. It's a great handheld but what's the point in all that power if Sony's not going to bother supporting it that much?

danusty
danusty

@divinejester @PosiTVEMinD355 @doggiezilla the gba sp, gba micro count as the same system as the gba, the dsl, dsi, dsi xl count the same as the ds, the nes model 2 counts the same as the nes, the snes model 2 counts the same as the snes, the n64 pikachu edition counts the same as the n64, the new smaller wii counts the same as the wii and so is the case with many many other consoles and portables that have seen revisions during their life for it's what they play that matters and not it's form factor

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@snxxFair enough, the only suitable (part of) definition so far.

As for brute force being the most primitive path to domination, over others? I'm sorry, but that is the only. The only way you can achieve domination over others is through force. I'd like to see you tell me something else that is not based upon force.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@abHS4L88@DiamondDM13It doesn't suit the last definition. So far as I know, the great games the 3DS runs, are not built into the console. You can say the platform 3DS has lots of great games, but the 3DS, the console itself, is not a powerhouse.

As for 1b, I guess if' that's what influences or inspires you, then yeah...

snxx
snxx

@DiamondDM13@TrueProphecy22@abHS4L88 
Let me add Dictionary.com's definition:

"powerhouse"
pow·er·house
[pou-er-hous]
1. Electricity . a generating station.
2. a person, group, team, or the like, having great energy, strength, or potential for success.


"
Potential for success" it said? Hmm... Interesting...

Since you already got, not one, but three definitions, let me also add that your view of the world is too narrow. There's more to power and strength than just brute force - brute force is just the most primitive path to dominance.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@DiamondDM13

Try Merriam Webster


: a group of people or an organization that has a lot of power

: a person, team, etc., that has a lot of energy, strength, and skill

: someone or something that is full of a particular thing


Oh look, the 3DS suits that last definition since it's full of strong selling games and is a great source of revenue for Nintendo. 


Here are more definitions of powerhouse

1a :  power plant 

1b :  a source of influence or inspiration2:  one having great poweras:  one having great drive, energy, or ability <a powerhouserock band>b :  an athletic team characterized by strong aggressive play
Hey, 1b matches the 3DS also since it's basically dominating the handheld console market. 
So no, it's not about being on a fanboy quest to defend Nintendo, it's just flat out not being ignorant.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@snxx@DiamondDM13@TrueProphecy22@abHS4L88And what dictionary is that? I'd like to see that definition of powerhouse you speak of.

And as for your metaphor, it's not really the same. A king needs an army or guard that is powerful enough to rule a kingdom. If your king is weak and doesn't have the means to enforce his will, as in, the guard or army, then he will not be able to rule. His power is just the amount of the muscles and arsenal of his army. The army represents the hardware of the console. It's what the king needs in order to achieve his goal, rule the kingdom, or in the case of the console, the goal is to run the games.

snxx
snxx

@DiamondDM13@TrueProphecy22@abHS4L88 Once again, dictionaries disagree with you.

Let us see if a metaphor will improve your grasp over the subject: a king may have weak limbs and still hold enough power to rule a whole kingdom.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

@DiamondDM13 @abHS4L88 @snxx You're seriously not getting this, are you?  "Powerhouse" is in reference to the system's enormous selling power.  They are not talking about the system's specs. 

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@abHS4L88@snxxJust check the definition of powerhouse will ya? Before going on your fanboy quest to defend Nintendo. I don't hate Nintendo, I can't really do so, nor can anyone whose childhood was filled with Nintendo games, which is my case. But you have to be objective, and the 3DS is far from a powerful thing.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@snxx

Shh, remember, when you're dealing with ignorant people, remember that they like to make up their own definitions and rules. Doesn't matter what the actual definition is, as long as it's used to hate on Nintendo, it can be whatever they want it to be.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@snxx@DiamondDM13Incorrect, if just confirms Nintendo doesn't know what powerhouse means. They have the most successful handheld, as always, but that doesn't mean it's a powerhouse.

snxx
snxx

@DiamondDM13 Thus, confirming that you really don't know the meaning of power. :)

snxx
snxx

@Hurvl You never hear common people talking like that to each other when commenting everyday facts and gossip, you are right in that. But this isn't common people gossiping or complaining/bragging about their lives, this is a news report - and news reports are of interest not only to common people, but also to investors, other companies and scientists/researchers, and, believe me, to these guys precise data matters. So, to sum up, you and your friends may not care about precise data, but there are more people in the world with different interests.