3DS sales top 1 million in Japan - Report

Nintendo announces 3D-enabled handheld hits platinum mark after 13 weeks of availability.

The DS is one of the best-selling handheld devices that the game industry has to offer, but Nintendo has struggled to match that device's performance with its follow-up, the 3DS. As part of a recent earnings report, Nintendo said that the 3DS fell short of its sales expectations through March by some 400,000 units, prompting the company to say that it would be stepping up its marketing efforts.

The 3DS isn't meeting the same demand that the DS met in Japan.

Still, Nintendo is making progress getting the device into gamers' hands. According to Mainichi (relayed by Andria Sang), industry-tracking Enterbrain revealed that the 3DS has now sold more than 1 million units in Japan, some 13 weeks after its late February launch. The Japan-focused game-industry site notes that the original DS took four weeks to hit the platinum marker, while the DS Lite and DSi each took eight weeks.

By Nintendo's most recent accounting in April, the company said that it had sold more than 3.61 million 3DS units worldwide. However, Nintendo has yet to release any of its iconic franchises for the platform. That will change on June 19 with the release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. Nintendo also has 3DS installments in its Mario Kart, Star Fox, Super Mario, and Kid Icarus franchises due by year's end.

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hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@grbolivar Like I said you havent read the list of 3DS games being worked on. Im also talking about games like the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games being worked on by Squar-Enix as well as other major third party companys such as Atles Capcom Konami etc.

pinicolaroxa
pinicolaroxa

Impressive When the good games come out, this will be a sucess

SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

it would be good if they sold 3ds games on par with new realeases

monkeyman737
monkeyman737

i wonder if the 3ds will sell as many units as the original ds

packtop
packtop

@grbolivar Of course they need to keep the gamer market they have but they also need a part of the casual market. It's true WII sales is on declin since a while but WII console still sold more then PS3 and 360 can dream of selling. Anyway Sony need a part of the casual market but they shouldn't focus to much on that or they would start losing gamer. What i think they should do is making something like pokemon is for Nintendo. Or course not a game who's a copy of pokemon game. I think with pokemon NIntendo hold one of the few perfect kind of game who can attract almost any kind of gamer. If Sony was able to make a game that was like that for the PSV then it would be a easy way to gain a part of the casual market without losing any gamer share. Anyway not matter what i say no1 can know what the future hold and until the PSV is release at least it's hard to tell if it will fail or work. But if Sony learned something from the PSP then the chance Sony win again nintendo in this handheld era is much higher then the last era. If they didn't learn anything then this war is most likely going the same way as the last. (no i understand spanish a bit but i'm not good at talking)

grbolivar
grbolivar

@packtop To some extent, you are right, casual gamers may be a majority compared to gamers, but is not a good idea to rely only on that market like Nintendo did with the Wii, a casual gamer will buy the console a couple of game and that's all, after some weeks they'll just sell their console or let it collect dust next to the TV. This is the reason the Wii is going down on sales like an airplane since 2 years straight, it doesn't appeal gamers and casuals are not buying that anymore. A gamer is more likely to buy more games for his/her favorite console(s) and even buy sequels and stuff from his/her favorite games. At the end of the day the gamer is the one that will really use a gamming-console, a casual will just buy it just to "have" a console next to their TV and Bluray player. All the gamers I know (including myself) go either for Xbx360 os PS3, while my non-gamers friends all of them have Wii just collecting dust. Sony with the PSVita is attracting gamers just like they did with the PS3, they are making a stupid effort to attract casuals with their Move thing, but they should keep their gamer market and let Nintendo burn themselves with their casuals. BTW: Do you speak spanish?

packtop
packtop

@grbolivar 2 big prob Sony need to change if they want to beat the 3DS. 1st Sony need to stop releasing mostly remake and port on handheld... and second Sony need to stop focusing only of hardcore gamer and start to try attracting casual gamer. We aren't 15 years ago currently casual gamer is are a much bigger part of the gaming community then hardcore gamer. And nintendo have a huge part of that while Sony have close to none. Most casual gamer don't care about graphic that's why facebook games are so popular........ So even if the PSV beat the 3DS graphic by far it probably don't change anything for casual gamers. So Sony need to work on getting a part of the casual gaming community too not only focusing on hardcore gamer if they want to win against the 3DS. If not then it's most likely the 3DS and PSV war will be the same as the DS and PSP. Sorry for my bad english but i hope you was still able to understand if not don't bother answering to this.

filmboy85
filmboy85

I'm seriously considering getting one. Although I'm more excited for the Vita from a hardware perspective, the 3DS still has everything required for being a great handheld system... the only problem right now is the software, which I hope will, within the next year or so, catch up to the high quantity of quality titles the DS had.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

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SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

I guess vita and 3ds both have good qualities and ocarina is old i don't want to play the game I already played it 13 years ago and it's going to be exactly the same as the 64 version with only a few graphical changes and a different interface it seems there selling the 2 most famous games from n64 for ds with mario 64 zelda for 3ds.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I wonder how it do when the Wii U controller comes out next year.

servb0ts
servb0ts

if Zelda OOT & Kid Icarus been 3DS debut, It would've sold more copies.

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

Take the DS. Add 3D. Make a bunch of ports of old games. Release the same IP again and again and again. All of this somehow adds up to, "OMG NINTENDO IS SO INNOVATIVE". I like Nintendo. Don't get me wrong. But the treatment they get from the gaming community is absurd. Sony and MS gets called out for anything and everything.

jhpeter
jhpeter

256 bits, the first portble to have so much powerfull, what you want more? Ds = 32 bits , 3DS = 256bits = xbox360 wich I have both.

grbolivar
grbolivar

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MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@ChaosDynasty To respond to something you stated earlier, I don't think all 3DS titles should have 3D. It's a nice gimmick but it saps uses a lot of the consoles power, it'd be better to use that extra power into making the game look better in standard mode. This is something Nintendo will need to do if they wish to compete at all with the Vita graphically. The rocky start is understandable, I doubt the Japanese priority at the moment is buying the next new handheld just after an Earthquake struck. Sales across all systems show a consistent drop in sales. We'll wait and see but I guarantee worldwide 3DS sales will exceed the Vitas. It's interesting hearing someone else's views on the subject. They couldn't be more different.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@ChaosDynasty Ono has said himself that a 3DS version of Street Fighter X Tekken "should happen". Super Street Fighter IV 3D works well on the system and has sold to over 1/3 of the current 3DS install base, there's no reason they wouldn't. There will be a 3DS Pokemon game, it's a given, everyone knows it. You're forgetting the 3DS is backward compatible with the DS, a lot of people are still playing the recently released Black and White. Nintendos products didn't only sell because they were cheapest, it was because they hit a niche with both the DS and Wii. It's something Microsoft and Sony don't do, they play it safe adopting the radical ideas afterwards. Sony tried a new idea with the Eyetoy and it did poorly so they're not in a hurry to take risks like that again any time soon. Microsoft aren't putting any pressure on Nintendo at all at the moment, little information about the "Xbox 3" is known. Nintendo's home console appeals largely to kids, it's mere association with Wii within it's title will shift it. I have to say though I'm not a huge fan of the direction Nintendo took with the Wii but I'd be biased to suggest it won't sell. The kids "casual" market won't ever run out because it's a never ending cycle of babies becoming kids. Couple that with the fact Nintendo seems to have strong third party support and they've got a huge potential market.

grbolivar
grbolivar

@hatieshorrer What? Another Mario Kart, another Zelda and another Pokemon? are those the big promises for the 3DS? sorry Nintendo but I'm already getting tired of those series, all the Mario Karts are the same: 2 new characters, 8 new tracks and a new Item, yay. The same for Pokemon: yeah!, lets use the same 20years old formula, put 150 new boring creatures and animate them during battle and call that a brand new game! I really miss the old days of Zelda Ocarina of Time and Pokemon Gold/Silver, when Nintendo really did some remarkable games.

megakick
megakick

If NINTENDO 3DS released more mature games 16+ they would get me sales. Kids can't just buy a 3DS and games.

raghraghragh
raghraghragh

Dear Nintendo, Release good games that are not ports and I'll buy one. Thank you.

Krazykraz01
Krazykraz01

Let's face it, there's been a lack of good games for the system. Looks like that's all set to change though (I'll be buying one very soon thanks to Ocarina of Time!)

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

yep 1 million is good for a country with such disaster and ds still doing ok to be honest i believe pokemon some what hurt 3ds , that amongst other things but its going now, as you see in japan last week sales sky rocketed just below psp but still they aint dipping like they once were, i think once games come out --- such as luigis mansion mariokart- this one is a no brainer the wii title sold 25 million copies , and the ds title sold well as well , so i think people know just when to buy their stuff in japan , the 3ds is 2nd overall for handhelds in the us only behind its prodecessor so , i cant say 3ds is failing and i cant say nintendo is hurtin , lol as they still making money on 3ds or ds , or wii it dont matter , its their system psp is only doing good in japan now , because ds slowing in favor of 3ds once 3ds gets into full swing which shouldnt be far along this thing will at least hit gba markers , i dont think any handheld at 250 will hit ds sales numbers , regardless the 3ds still a success , it sure is no virtual boy !

ChaosDynasty
ChaosDynasty

@MEDzZ3RO I dont know where you got your info but Street Fighter x Tekken is coming to ps3,360, ps vita, pc NOT 3DS. YOu say you "can't see it catching on seeing as Nintendo have practically pioneered and has "owned" the handheld market for for so long." lol the ps vita already has 80 tiltles in developement before its launch(which is bigger than and probably better than 3ds launch).Those 3ds titles you mention would help nintendo if half of them actually have releases dates that are before the vita release to even make a difference.I can say i cant see wii u being all that great at capturing the hardcore non-nintendo fans. It has 3rd party support but how long is going to last when the next sony & M$ consoles come out. M$ announces the next xbox to be shown at e3 2012. that just stole all the thunder of wii u and being shown at e3 2012 before wii u comes out will make people think twice before getting wii u.So far nintendo is at a rocky start with portable and console. vita putting pressure on 3ds in price and M$ putting pressure on wii u. 3ds doesn't have a pokemon game so nintendo shot themselves there. This is not like last gen, things have changed. nintendo had those sales due to price advantage well not anymore. and being released first does not guarantee you the victor if you look at the 360 history where it is currently second.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Would be kind of hilarious if the sales doubled once OOT:3DS came out.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@BuiltForSin The PSP was a real handheld contender but Sony prevented it from beating the DS, it lacked support. The Vita is unlikely to be any different, as far as I remember the PSP also had a superb demonstration with a good line-up but after a year or so support seemed to just stop?, I get the concept of it but I can't see lasting appeal in games such as Call Of Duty, Killzone or Resistance when out and about unless you have a constant wifi connection. I don't believe a new Street Fighter has been announced yet?, Street Fighter X Tekken is in the works and is also coming to the 3DS. It's not Street Fighter IVs successor but definitely a game I'm really looking forward to. Don't get me wrong, I like the Vita and am a huge Playstation fan (owning the lot of them excluding the Xperia Play) but I can't help but I can't see it catching on seeing as Nintendo have practically pioneered and has "owned" the handheld market for for so long. The Wii and DS have some of the best sales figures in console history. The gameboy sold well as did the GBA. The install base of its predecessors is huge and sales trends suggest these people will stick to a brand. Wait and see, the 3DS will outsell the Vita.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@ChaosDynasty Ports are alright, especially where Ocarina is concerned. It's not a straight port though, it has different developer and a few tweaks here in there. Pokemon will as usual be "the killer app" that the Nintendo home console is unlikely to offer. They've tried it on the consoles and it just doesn't work. Kid Icarus, Mario 3D, MGS Snake Eater, Luigi's Mansion..etc... are all games that have so far not been announced for the Wii-U or any other home console. You have to remember the Wii-U isn't out until late next year, the multiplat games on the 3DS that will eventually appear on the Wii-U will be exclusive to the 3DS for a good period of time. I'd like to see more core games coming to the system then the DS had, SFIV is a good start in the right direction.

atopp399
atopp399

I just bought one because Zelda is being released Sunday. I wonder how many other people are doing the same.

buft
buft

times are harder now for the regular folk, i know myself how hard it was getting the system, normally im a release day buyer but i waited a few weeks and scraped together the money for the 3DS. Sales will get better as more people get interested in the games available.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

Zelda releases in 2 days in Japan. I am going to an early store opening in Shibuya, I expect to see quite a few people there.

TanakaPrime
TanakaPrime

Most of you guys do realize Japan is going through a taxing time right now right? The 3DS came out a little before the big earthquake of Japan. I'm pretty sure people are more concerned with their well being than a game system. With all that they still sold 1 mill, NON HOLIDAY, and without great launch titles... that's actually pretty good.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

3DS sales will pick up soon after Nintendo's first party games hit the market.

SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

It mainly 15 plus people who buy PSP's, kids don't like music and videos that much they just want kid games that involve a lot of cartoon characters hitting and killing each other.

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

i know this sounds evil, but im glad it didnt sell. the 3DS is basically a slightly upgraded DS with 3D and they priced it at 250$, almost the same as a console. such laziness and greed dont deserve to sell.

marvel456
marvel456

I am sure that number will increase with games like zelda ocarina of time 3D and metal gear solid 3D coming up in the next few months.

monson21502
monson21502

handhelds are for kids..... the 3ds`s and psvita`s price is not.... so both will have low sales untill its cheaper... end of story:)

Shinobi120
Shinobi120

@Megavideogamer: But yet, it hasn't stopped Japan from buying more PSP's over 3DS's... And I think it's because of the price tags between them.

monson21502
monson21502

nintendo even overdosed japan on dses:P

Flint247
Flint247

On a positive note, I can't wait for Mario Kart 3DS, Super Mario 3D, Paper Mario and Flipnote Studio 3DS! :D

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@grbolivar You havent read any of the games being developed for the 3DS have you.

Flint247
Flint247

The sales will pick up soon, so I am not worried.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

3DS has not been selling because as well in addition to a lack of games. Japan has a long time to recover for March 11 Eartquake. So people over there are rebuilding their lives, Rebuilding the economy of Japan. So 13 weeks to sell 1 million 3DS is realistic for Japan. Since Iwata has suggested that people could use the 3DS as an extra controller for the Wii U. Does that mean the first 3DS revision is on the way in 2012. 2 Circle pads for the 3DS (Since the Wii U has 2 circle pads)?

grbolivar
grbolivar

@packtop When the 3DS get some AAA games, the PSVita will be already out kicking the 3DS @ss, mark my words, the only thing that can save the 3DS from doom these holidays is a huge price cut, and with that I mean 170-180$ price tag so people can actually buy this.... little handheld.

grbolivar
grbolivar

@archlvt I myself, and I assure you that a LOT of people too, are not just waiting for the good games to come, but for a d*mn price cut and a better battery life, a.k.a., a system revision (3DS-lite, 3DS-XL, you name it).

archlvt
archlvt

It's not that no one wants the 3ds, they're just waiting for the good software to come out. Didn't the DS launch with mario 64ds? That's why it sold so well. Hey guys, wanna play one of your favourite platforming games for n64 in a handheld? Here ya go! WOAHHH. And the 3ds has.....a submarine game? Uhh.... Yeah. There's your answer. Shoulda waited and released it along with Ocarina of Time.

BuiltForSin
BuiltForSin

@MEDzZ3RO The "Vita" will have the problem differentiating itself in the game department? Which of those titles you mentioned are exclusive AAA 3DS titles exactly? From what I've seen the Vita is the one waiting on the likes of Call of Duty, Bioshock, Silent Hill(and its own RE + MGS + superior version of Street Fighter) etc. to go alongside their first party titles. The 3DS is digging itself a hole that Nintendo thinks the same old strategy and lineup will magically get them out of again. Between the 3DS and WiiU already I keep seeing the whole "well.. well.. the DS did this and the Wii did that so everything will be fine". Wrong, sorry folks. These two systems ARE NOT their predecessors.. and will not enjoy the circumstances "just cause".