3DS sales top 4 million in US

Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 become the first million-selling 3DS games for Nintendo of America; Zelda: Skyward Sword the latest Wii title to top 1 million sold in US.

The new year is a time for looking ahead, but Nintendo of America isn't quite done reflecting on 2011, as the company today announced a multitude of sales milestones crossed by its products over the holidays.

The Nintendo 3DS picked up its game after an underwhelming debut last year.

First and foremost, the company confirmed that sales of the 3DS have surpassed 4 million units in the United States alone. Last month, Nintendo pegged the system's US installed base at 2.37 million, pointing to December sales in excess of 1.2 million for the handheld.

The system endured a sluggish launch but gathered momentum with a significant price cut and a holiday software lineup including the launches of Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. Those two games have each sold to about a quarter of 3DS owners, as Nintendo also revealed Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 are the first two titles for the system to sell 1 million copies in the US.

As for Nintendo's other products, the Wii topped 4.5 million systems sold in 2011, making for a lifetime US sales total of 39 million. The year also saw Wii software reach new milestones, with November's The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword surpassing 1 million copies sold in its first month and a half on shelves, while 2008's Mario Kart Wii cruised past 11 million copies as the year wound down.

The DS family of handhelds (which doesn't include the 3DS) added another 3.4 million systems to its US tally, pushing its lifetime sales total beyond 51 million sold. The legacy handhelds had their own marquee software hit a significant milestone during the year, as 2006's New Super Mario Bros. reached 10 million copies sold.

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PA_DUTCH
PA_DUTCH

Nice bounce back though, hope to see lots of great games

PA_DUTCH
PA_DUTCH

im waiting for a 2nd stick

so_hai
so_hai

This 4 million figure translantes to only 2.8 million when the original price has been factored in. The 30% price drop means the 4 million must be multiplied by 0.70 to give the true figures of what Nintendo expected to be making. They've made slaes, but they haven't made significant revenue yet.

Flint247
Flint247

I can't wait to the 3DS version of Flipnote Studio. :D

LAnoirFAN
LAnoirFAN

they say the 3ds has better graphic than wii/gamecube that's mean twilight princess on the go !! :D please make this happen

J-man45
J-man45

Glad the 3DS is doing well, because it is pretty awesome. Got mine recently, and I really like all the new features. It even has a decent internet browser for when I'm too lazy to walk down to th real computer. :P And yes, this comment was typed on my 3DS. :)

mumfaud
mumfaud

Hmm its FUNNY.. ppl talk crap about the Nintendo 3DS system but it still manages to sell in the US. My guess is Nintendo really knows how to sell a product... ( Wii).. and I can bet its going to out sell the PSP Vita, even being the less hardcore system...Just casue its cheaper.. and quite frankly more fun..

SaltyMeatballs
SaltyMeatballs

3DS is in a good place now. Since the price drop it has been going well for Nintendo. Looks like it will get good support from Nintendo and 3rd parties which was what made the original DS so good. You can buy a 3DS now as it has good games, and you know good games are coming in the future.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

I'm not a traditional Nintendo fan, I started Nintendo stuff seriously since the gamecube, I'm mainly into RPG, Fighting and FPS games (along with RTS and others) but I've got to say when it comes to the choice of the Vita or 3DS I chose the 3DS. I don't play Mario platformers and I don't really like racing games (so no kart stuff) or mini games but any serious gamer should stop the fanboy and childish stuff because it just is dumb. I chose the 3DS despite what many Sony fans (mentioned due to Vita being a competitor) would think due to my interests in hardcore games because if you look past the silly excuse that 3DS is gimmicky or childish you will notice good hardcore games. Fire emblem, Kid icarus, Metroid, Zelda, Resident Evil, Star Fox, Pokemon etc. with obviously other stuff to come. I don't think casual shooters like Uncharted or a bunch of games like hot shot golf / little big planet really deviate from the casual stuff on the other side of the 3DS either. I have more belief in Nintendo to produce quality and well made games than Sony for there handheld too, Sony makes hardcore games but not many have all that much appeal if you want something a little more out of the ordinary or top quality in my opinion. They make a lot of good games, but just not a lot of great games at the moment. That is just my opinion though and I still think the Vita will be a perfectly fine system if only because of the cool JRPG that we can expect to come eventually.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

3D is just as much of a gimmick as over the top realistic graphics...neither are needed to make a great game. luckily they made that switch for those of you who don't care for the 3d aspect.

PatSon13
PatSon13

@justindragon I think you a whole word...

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Tripwolf It is a gimmick and an unnecessary one at that, the 3DS would benefit greatly from not using some of its processing power for 3D effects and using them elsewhere. The new Monster Hunter demonstrates that (I say new loosely).

enzyme36
enzyme36

a message to all the haters from the Come At Me Bros. ... cant stop this train!

tevic
tevic

Good news :)

XanderZane
XanderZane

@Fritzzland @XanderZane A price cut wouldn't hurt but they seem to be arms crossed now. *********************************************************** Well, they have to see how the Vita sells in U.S. and UK first. They are a much bigger market then Japan. Not a lot of people shelled out $250 for he 3DS, so.... I like my 3DS though. Need to get a few more games though.

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

@XanderZane A price cut wouldn't hurt but they seem to be arms crossed now

XanderZane
XanderZane

The PS Vita seems to have already died in Japan after selling 350K at launch. Just an example. Last week the 3DS sold almost 500K in Japan, while the PSVita sold just 75K. If these numbers continue in US and UK, Sony will be the next company to do a significant price cut.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

good news for Nintendo but I would rather get a vita (which I am going to get once it gets release in the US) over the 3ds since the vita has the games that I want to play and and for what you are getting the vita is actually worth the price

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

Nintendo always finds a way to increase its sales. And with Vita sales getting sloppy,3DS will get even more boost,Nintendo is in the handheld market for a long time than Sony,they know what to expect and offer.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Oh?Where are all the haters and doom-saying analysts now? I thought they were saying Nintendo was doomed. Patience.Always have patience. Nintendo will always pull through.I'm very glad they did what needed done,and now I can look forward to another generation of handheld goodness. Now Sony needs to learn the same lesson. Apparently Vita sales are slumping already,and my guess is that the world simply doesn't want to pay $250 bucks for a handheld.I was talking to a Playstation fan who is a friend of mine,and he liked his PSP,but he just has too many other things to spend his money on to pay that much for video games.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

Well wouldn't you know it, the key to great sales numbers is being not quite so greedy! And funnily enough, Sony is making exact same dumbass mistake that Nintendo first made with the 3DS. They think a $300 handheld will sell when there are smartphones under $100 that have awesome games and do so much more.

franzito
franzito

Mario and Zelda are always saving Big N when they don't stray from their origins, I mean, Mario playing tennis and other sports? Come on, these don't sell, we like Mario racing carts and kicking Bowser's a** and Link should only save Zelda! ; )

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Wait...the 3DS has already sold more than what the DS and Wii sold in the first year!? Sorry for being rude,but I can't hold it back anymore...IN YOUR FACE SONY FANBOYZ And will be getting REvelations,Tekken 3D Prime Edition and Kid Icarus Uprising.Dangit,that's just Q1 of 2012,now I really need to get a job...

bullseye077
bullseye077

The same old crap released for every Nintendo System. Of course they are going to have the highest sales. Where is the competition?

coop36
coop36

@n64man94 I dont know why they wont release the other two either really. Theyve slowly become cult hits and are nearly impossible to get outside of emulation. I would much rather buy a re-release or VC copy of Earthbound than shell out $100+ for a cartridge on ebay. Makes you wonder if theres a reason theyre holding it back?

mamelon2012
mamelon2012

I love the system but still wish I didnt buy it at launch. I hope they realize that the system rebounded bc of great first party games so that when the wiiU is released, it will have these games at launch.

Flint247
Flint247

Excellent sales number for the Nintendo 3DS. I definitely appreciate mine. :) Great job, Nintendo. :D

Agelu
Agelu

And so, Nintendo's legendary iron grip on the handheld space continues...

Hail23
Hail23

You guys know the motto for the Sony PSP commercials? It was "Step your game up." Well I think Nintendo step its game up! Right now I think Sony is saying it and Nintendo is doing it... But all that aside, I do want to see healthy competition between the 2 handhelds because that means more video games for everyone that is a gamer!

Vickman178
Vickman178

I don't regret buying a 3DS on launch best decision ever.....I'll be enjoying the system since the beginning :D

justindragon
justindragon

wow I can't to see the sales for 3DS XL and I still waiting for news on PSP VITA 2000

dreamgod247
dreamgod247

PS Vita is in trouble, Nintendo is going to bring out it's heavy guns of games. Resident Evil Rev, Tales of the Abyss, Metal Gear 3D, Kid Icrus and Heroes of Ruin. And we still getting Luigi Mansion 2, Animal Crossing, and Paper Mario.

Alexbrha
Alexbrha

3ds has a lot to offer. Great portable console.

SlappyDog
SlappyDog

If they would release an Earthbound game or a remake Donkey Kong 64. Lots of old gamers would buy this. Although Earthbound might not get that much praise like before cause people these days might not know about that game.

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

its still quite scary. ipad and ipod touch gaming is now taking more revenues and market share than the PSVita and 3DS combined. I have a 3DS since launch and will also get a PSVita for the sake of portable gaming

grbolivar
grbolivar

@HaloPimp978 Earthbound 3Ds **drooollss**

grbolivar
grbolivar

Viva 3DS!! But I'm still waiting for 3DS XL :)

moviequest14
moviequest14

@Gamingclone : Yeah,I know the 3ds launch was Abysmal but I would 10X's rather have few-to-no titles at launch and have a nice spread like 3ds (is planning to) have/has currently.For a creation/customization/customization/simulation die-hard like me I can easily get..heck..3 or 4 months out of RCT3d (assuming it isn't abominable to me like zoo tycoon ds)...I've spent a good 500 hours easy on Rct3..combine that with MGS,RE:revelations,Kid Icarus,Kingdom Hearts,Luigi's Mansion2 and so many other titles..while it might not be for everyone I myself can't get much more excited with the 3ds lineup (though I do miss Assassin's Creed and Megaman :Legends 3 very much!).

n64man94
n64man94

@coop36 I have to completely agree. I still can't understand the reason for only releasing one of the mother (earthbound) series' games in North America, other than the reason about how much they made fun of modern-day North America throughout it. If only they realized how much money they could make off of this. People want to see remakes of these games.

LinkLuigi
LinkLuigi

Holy crap! You mean...software sells the system?! NO WAI!!!!

soulless4now
soulless4now

DS is still selling well. That's great to see.

Vampire64
Vampire64

Meanwhile no one talks about the half flop of the PS Vita in Japan :)

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

@moviequest14 Oh right! That is coming in March isnt it? I forgot all about that! That will be a system seller as well! All Nintendo needs to do is space these system sellers out throughout the year and they will continue to see 1.5 to maybe even 2 million 3DS's selling each month. But then again that just might of been because of Christmas :P But still, they will continue to sell ALOT each month if they spread system sellers through out the year.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Good for the 3DS, it struggled in the beginning now it's selling well. I would love to see a Earthbound game, Ninty's most underrated series.

Tauu
Tauu

I'm hoping for a 3DS Pokemon unveiling at E3 this year.

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

Need more great games. Glad to see the 3ds succeed. Lets get some more quality games on VC. Nearly a joke so far. Nearly...