Nintendo reports 52 percent rise in first-party 3DS software sales

2.1 million Nintendo-published 3DS games have been sold in North America during the first four months of 2013.

Nintendo has reported a 52 percent year-on-year rise in sales of first-party 3DS software during the first four months of 2013.

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata.

2.1 million Nintendo-published 3DS games have been sold between January through April 2013 in North America, Nintendo says, citing data from the NPD group.

Nintendo reports it took 30 weeks to sell two million first-party games in 2012, and reports that it accomplished the same sales milestone this year in 18 weeks, suggesting increasing take-up of the platform in North America.

While the first four months of 2012 saw the release of high-profile 3DS titles such as Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and Resident Evil: Revelations, there were two first-party releases; Kid Icarus: Uprising, and the Tecmo-developed Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir.

In the same time period in 2013, however, Nintendo has published Fire Emblem: Awakening, Brain Age: Concentration Training, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins.

Nintendo says sales of Lego City Undercover: The Chase begins have reached almost 94,000 copies since its late-April launch, whereas Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon has been purchased over 530,000 times.

The Mario publisher has scheduled a Nintendo Direct conference for later today.

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253 comments
coldfirex44
coldfirex44

getting a 3DS XL on sunday whheewwwww (/*0*)/

JRLennis
JRLennis

Nintendo is the undisputed king of the handheld market, whatever their other problems.  As one poster on a different forum said: :"Nintendo can afford to have a failed console around its neck."

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

Pretty sad that the 3DS is doing a lot better than their WiiU..

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

The Nintendo 3DS: The reason why Nintendo can afford to take their time with the Wii U.

BTW, that comment wasn't meant to be read in a bad way. As much as I would love new Wii U games, I'd rather wait for AAA than settle for crap.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

The Vita is just a paperweight compared to the 3DS.

toshineon
toshineon

Before people here go bashing Nintendo and all that, you might wanna wait and see. You don't wanna risk looking like a massive idiot if you are wrong, right?

GuillermoJP
GuillermoJP

I'm not entirely sure how, but arguments and bashing started over... sales figures?

underoath83
underoath83

Big deal. Portable gaming is for children.

eva02langley
eva02langley

Iwata is Luigi... well, we learn something everyday...

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

LMAO. Another joke of a Nintendo direct. I bet he gets embarrassed to have to go on and talk about the Wii U games lineup. There is literally nothing. They should seriously just pull Harakiri on the Wii U for its shame to the Nintendo name. 

Focus on the 3DS. It seems to be the easiest platform for your developers to use.

matrixman2k
matrixman2k

Ha Ha, I find this particular subject very interesting, as it amuses me so. Clearly anyone onlooking as an outsider can see that this debate is more hotter than the Sun and the hate found here reminds me of Fascism and the old days of racism, is this like football hooliganism in its ugliest form? To be honest; not to remind the people here because I believe they may have some intelligence (no offence) but absolutely none of you have shares/stakes of these companies, so why are you fighting life and limb? You argue harder than the companies themselves! This is plain retardation, maybe you feel you want to be part of something, hurting other people's beliefs are certainly no way for entertainment for sure. Only sadists do that, and they should take a long walk until they get lost, and never come back to civilisation; for sure, they won't be missed.

Fanbois are plain idiotic, this is a company, they only care about sales, not about you or your beloved games. As for those who think Nintendo will die, get a reality check, and smell the croissants, the daffodils, the roses, the summer breeze and whatnot; Nintendo went through harder times in the past I believe and they waltz through just fine. As long as their hand-held gives no way, then they shall drag on, hand-held keeps it afloat when console is not up to notch, while when hand-held does appallingly, console keeps it afloat, that's just standard knowledge.

This absurd talk of 720 doing this, and ps4 doing that, is plain jibber-jabber. PS2 was inferior to that of GameCube and Xbox, never did it affect its sales or performance. Wii sold more than PS3 and 360; lets take a deep breath and think about what that means. That means that even though all the "hardcore" games and serious hardware that ps3 and 360 possessed, little did it avail, especially against wii. What have we learned children? That powerful consoles mean little, sales is all. Not forgetting that, slow upstart initially, means nothing as well, we now that when serious titles get released, it can turn figures on its head. Maybe when your older you'll realise that fanboism is lame and embarrassing as well, it impedes your intellect.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

 unseenwalker the ps4 could very well do just as bad look at vita it was hyped to death yet after launch sales went down quick and if you think people want an always online console your dead wrong wiiu just needs first party titles and cod it will get them

UnseenWalker
UnseenWalker

I laugh at all these blind nintendo fanboys, you don't realize its not only the new xbox and ps4 that will make the WiiU die. A lot of the market has also shifted towards pc and smartphone /tablets which offer way more accessible prices for similar short game experiences (platformers, etc) that nintendo excels at and imo i don't think the "Mario" and "Zelda" brands will be able to save them. They really need to make an amazing piece of software to be able to sell the crappy cop out of a console the WiiU is.

Sampawende
Sampawende

What a news.... a rise from consecutives losses.

Take 1000$ :

loss of 85% = 150$

rise of 52% = 228$

Sooooooooooooo ?

Well I guess that at least it's a good news for them.

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

Wait a minute, how is resident evil revelations and metal gear from a 2nd party developers? I thought they were 3rd party.

grove12345
grove12345

3DS is here to stay and is putting money into Nintendos pocket... unlike the WiiU.

So nintendo fanboys stop hiding behind sales numbers. We get it Nintendo owns the portable gaming console market. WiiU still is a complete disaster on Nintendos part

Talavaj
Talavaj

Yeee ! Funny how Nintendo fans find better sales more important than better quality games.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Fire Emblem is class, only reason you need to have a 3DS and the new Zelda of course  :D

coldfirex44
coldfirex44

@COPMAN221ISBACK How is it sad? Since it's the same company.. the 3DS was released in 2011 while the Wii U was just released last year... give it a year or two and it will probably get AAA titles in no time.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@WantYouBad Yeah but that paper weight has a hell of a lot more games than that brick Nintendo calls a WiiU.. lol

Hurvl
Hurvl

@toshineon This is the internet, you bash and rage for little reason and asks no questions later, because you know you are right. If you happen to be wrong and/or get called out on it, you can always bash and rage on the person who insulted your honour. That way you never lose.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@GuillermoJP No, more like people wanted to love the 3DS because of the awesome 3D and spent a decent chunk of cash to get it and have been ultimately dissapointed ever since due to lack of titles, so whenever a sales figure comes up they get angry all over again.

toshineon
toshineon

@underoath83 Or people that just happens to travel a lot. I really like my 3DS, and I'm in my twenties, so you can't really call me a child.

decoy1978
decoy1978

@eva02langley ... that explains everything... he needs to put his Mario hat to get shit done... Luigi is just second fiddle...

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Hurvl @toshineon Or if you make a valid reasoning for your initial opinion (as should be the case but unfortunately isn't most of the time) then you can accept the fact you were wrong because you can justify your original comments. 

Just the same way if I die and turn up in front of the pearly gates I know I will owe god an apology for not believing in him all my life but I have my reasons for not believing and can back them up.

kreegan64
kreegan64

 @decoy1978 @eva02langley Not this year he ain't

grove12345
grove12345

@anonymousicko @grove12345 Far from it. They racked in too much cash from Wii and DS sales. They just cant make a descent home console since SNES.

I hope WiiU UTTERLY fails and if Nintendo was a good company acknowledges it, and then moves onto a next console comparing itself to next gen. 

But following Nintendo protocol they wont abandon WiiU official, just completely ignore it for like 4 years and barely do anything with it. 

toshineon
toshineon

@grove12345 There's nothing stopping the same thing from happening to the upcoming consosle, you know.

grove12345
grove12345

@abHS4L88 @grove12345 B/c im going off gaming history. Nintendo released soooo much BS peripherals and add ons over the years. That Nintendo fanboys can even keep track of it, or just forgot about it, like Nintendo did.

Listen man I think Nintendo has turned into a horrible gaming company. SNES was a legend. Im not sure what fanboys are holding onto. 5 good titles a year? Low life cycle? What? Its not even cheap. 

I think in a year yes WiiU will have more games....duh!

But already developers are jumping ship. Imagine what its going to be like with Inf and PS4 consoles pushing out about 10xs the power a WiiU can. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@grove12345 

What would make you think that they'd ignore it for 4 years and "barely do anything with it" you haven't even see all the games they have planned for it? Why not wait a year like most people who are aware of gaming history before making that judgement?