3DS US physical software sales hit 20 million

Strong starts from Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon help portable software sales hit new milestone.

More than 20 million physical 3DS games have been sold in the United States since the platform launched during March 2011, Nintendo has announced, citing NPD data.

Nintendo called out Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon as a top performer for March, selling 365,000 physical units in the US during the period. As revealed earlier this week, life-to-date combined physical and digital sales for the game now stand at 415,000 units.

Fire Emblem: Awakening sold 64,000 combined physical and digital copies in March, Nintendo said, bringing the game's life-to-date US sales total to 240,000. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, which launched late in the month, was also a top 3DS game, selling 145,000 copies during March.

Overall, total sales of 3DS software at retail jumped by more than 50 percent year-over-year, according to NPD data. This momentum is likely to grow, as Nintendo has a slew of first-party games coming to 3DS in the weeks and months ahead, including Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins (April 24), Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (May 24), Animal Crossing: New Leaf (June 9), and Mario and Luigi: Dream Team (August 11).

Nintendo director of product marketing Bill Trinen said this week that thanks to a strong software lineup, 3DS sales will "really take off" in 2013.

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93 comments
MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

3DS is the only cause of Nintendo's survival :P

tightwad34
tightwad34

Good. Keep up the physical sales and we may still have our discs and cartriges for a while longer. Screw digital only.

voljin1987
voljin1987

and its only gonna get better with the lineup coming in

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

I really need to pick up a 3DS in the near future.

SuperDutchy
SuperDutchy

Maybe if everyone bought Earthbound off the Nintendo marketplace, it might entice them to make a new Earthbound game for the 3DS or WiiU :D


Queuing_is_back
Queuing_is_back

I have returned... the fans demanded it... they want my verdict on everything... they shall have it... but for now... I'm out.

anonymousicko
anonymousicko

Nintendo is the best handheld console maker ;)

Queuing_is_back
Queuing_is_back

How can someone invest money in a plastic piece of s**t? :D

packtop
packtop

@sonofMJJackson1 

If your 3DS is still collecting dust then the 3DS is clearly not for you and you were just stupid to buy one...

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@SuperDutchy  

I doubt it.  The director for those games didnt work at Nintendo and the third one only got made when the Earthbound director shared a cab with Miyamoto who said something like why dont you come back and finish the canceled Mother 3.

Metronoid
Metronoid

@Queuing_is_back @anonymousicko Your filthy sony likes to copy this rehash maker isnt ? queering for sony. lol

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Queuing_is_back @hatieshorrer @anonymousicko 

Wasn't that only for one month? After February, the 3DS came back on top of the charts and is still dominating. Yes, buh bye 3DS because there are still at least 2-3 more system selling games coming out this year. 

Also, "hardcore gamer" = "idiot gamer who thinks they're cool because they play M-rated games" that's the crowd that the Wii "failed" no one else.

anonymousicko
anonymousicko

@Queuing_is_backThen why it's still don't sell? Considering adults would shell out extra money for smartphones and tablets almost every year which is 2-3 times more expensive than vita.

Your lack of logic and stupidity are frightening. :D

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@Queuing_is_back @anonymousicko @hatieshorrer  

Some people prefer the company of teenage boys.  Teenage boys = core audience

Queuing_is_back
Queuing_is_back

@anonymousicko @Queuing_is_back @hatieshorrer 

Because it appeals to "kids". Sure, Nintendo have a great number of fans but the core audience for handhelds are kids.

Sony are reaching out to the core audience. Which is why they are making the Vita compatible to the PS4.

Your lack of logic and stupidity are frightening. :D

anonymousicko
anonymousicko

@Queuing_is_back @anonymousicko @hatieshorrer So that's why it's the best selling handheld and have tons of games?...Oh wait, it's the opposite ;P

Queuing_is_back
Queuing_is_back

@hatieshorrer @Queuing_is_back @anonymousicko 

Success?

Lik,e how Nintendo failed with the core gamers in regards to the Wii?

Like, how Nintendo are failing with the Wii U now?

Nintendo will drop out of the console race. Handheld market is their's for the "time being".