NPD: 3DS was July's top-selling system in US

For third straight month, Nintendo's portable outperforms Xbox 360 and PS3 in the US; Animal Crossing: New Leaf sales hit 660,000, while Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon rises to 820,000.

Citing NPD data, Nintendo announced today that the 3DS was July's best-selling game system in the United States, outperforming consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The 3DS has now been the top-seller for three straight months in the United States.

Nintendo did not provide specific sales data, but said 3DS hardware sales rose 14 percent year-over-year, while software sales jumped 45 percent compared to July 2012.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf sold a combined 150,000 physical and digital units in July, boosting its lifetime sales total to more than 660,000 copies. Life-to-date sales for another 3DS game, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, rose to 820,000 units during July, Nintendo said.

Wii U title New Super Mario Bros. U has now sold over 830,000 copies across physical and digital versions, Nintendo said.

Lastly, Nintendo touted the July 18 Virtual Console release of Earthbound as a strong point for the month. The company did not provide sales data for the game, but said only two eShop titles--New Super Luigi U and Pikmin 3--generated more consumer spend in the same time period since launch.

The NPD Group will release its full report for July in the next hour. Check back later for more.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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Discussion

294 comments
Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

The 3ds does show that a wide range of people like Nintendo, despite the kiddie label people are always try to pidgin hole them with. I think Nintendo will recover with the Wii U, it's a great console, but I bet a fair number of people are thinking that they can get their fill of Nintendo goodness from their 3ds and get a different brand console to get a wider scope of games.

tightwad34
tightwad34

The 3DS will continue to lead in sales until the new consoles arrive.

Shadowmax889
Shadowmax889

just wait until pokemon is release to see some major 3DS raping in sales to other consoles

Dragonreiter231
Dragonreiter231

nicely put man, i thought like so too, i can only hope the X and Y will be an awe-ing game like before

eternalcube
eternalcube

The editor might be upset because of the good Nintendo news.

raddys2001
raddys2001

Now if only they can sell the Wii U at like 250 

Hurvl
Hurvl

Nintendo holds the hand held console market in its hands. It's good that the successor curse hasn't befallen the 3DS like it has with the WiiU. The Wii was a hit, but the WiiU hasn't been doing good so far. The DS has sold almost as much as the PS2 and while the 3DS probably won't match that, it's selling well.

RatedSTARZ
RatedSTARZ

Glad to see Nintendo's sales are picking up for the 3DS :). And their library is looking pretty awesome right now :D. 

plark2
plark2

GS!!!  is it that hard to post a list or link to one???

el_marto2003
el_marto2003

only thing I regret from buying a 3DS, is that if had waited a few months, I would have gotten a 3DS XL :(

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

Damn, Luigi's Mansion is still selling on top? Awesome

As if it wasn't enough that Luigi beat God of War Ascension and Gears of War judgment in worldwide total sales, he continues

God speed you Luigi

vaibhavp
vaibhavp

3ds is most tempting system out there. its just that it simply has these killer titles i wanna play, like luigis mansion, dream team, 3d land.

Kano92
Kano92

It's the top selling handheld you GS douch. You can't compare console sales vs handhelds.

BLaverock
BLaverock

3DS is the best for handheld, for sure! I'm glad Nintendo's having success :D

JoInfo
JoInfo

In my opinion, the 3DS is the best platform out right now. And will continue to be until the next gen arrives.

sgt_F79
sgt_F79

Well at least the Nintendo community doesn't have those jerks, douchebags and sexist that are on XBL.

Crouteru
Crouteru

Nintendo make some of the most fun and enjoyable games each generation. That's why they have such a strong reputation even without much third party support. I wasn't worried about 3DS failing in the beginning and I feel the same about Wii U now.

nigelholden
nigelholden

All I know is that my kid loves Animal Crossing. She is already using the menu. If this game is a stepping stone into gaming, I'm happy. 

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

One of the reasons is unlike with Sony, and Microsoft, Nintendo makes their games friendly, and charming, thus opening a wide audience for everyone to play, heck Microsoft has done that with Gears of War, allowing you to take out the blood & gore altogether, heck even Halo doesn't need to be violent, even though it should be rated T. Sony should follow, before they make their games harder to sell. 

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

A portable system wiping the floor with Home consoles in sales. Where are all those airheads that said that portable consoles were dead? Not counting the PSVita. So far that's just been a portable PS3 without all the things that make a PS3 cool.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Love my 3DS XL which was a good thing I hold back from buying 3DS at launch but I must say when Pokemon X/Y release in October 12, the 3DS sales will skyrocket no question ask. Good job Nintendo.

zeca04
zeca04

I never regreted buying one. And I do hope wii u starts selling well. I plan buying one later.

Oloryn
Oloryn

Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, Mario & Luigi Dream Team...back to back to back amazing games. Pepper in some other greats like Kid Icarus and Super Mario 3D Land and you have a handheld that started a little rocky, but has since turned into one of my favorite sources of gaming entertainment. Extra mention should also go to the amazing use of 3D in games made in-house by Nintendo. 3rd party games have been hit and miss, but first party has been legit. I wish it nothing but the best.

sgt_F79
sgt_F79

Just give us Super Nintendo 2 and an open world Mario and open world Zelda.

Look at Mario 64, that was a hit!

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

No real surprise, 3DS is really coming into it's own now with some very strong titles and the Xbox360 and PS3 are about to be replaced.

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @tightwad34 And it will continue to lead after they're released!

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @eternalcube That Makuch kid must of wrote the article through gritted teeth!

RatedSTARZ
RatedSTARZ

@el_marto2003 I know how you feel man... :(. Now I got to save money up for an XL :P. And watch, when we do get an XL, they will probably have some crazy type of super smash bros special edition XL hahaha. 

sgtZipper
sgtZipper

@vaibhavp worth it, all games I own for 3DS are instant classics. FIngers crossed for Wii U :-)

USDevilDog
USDevilDog

@Kano92 It's the top-selling "system" last month.  Both consoles and handheld are types of gaming systems.  I see nothing wrong with the article's terminology to warrant an insult.  In addition, the numbers between handhelds and consoles have always been important to the industry.  There have been many game companies that have shifted their entire game development resources from console to handhelds (e.g. Camelot of "Golden Sun" fame) and vice versa.  Lastly, in the retail front, it makes no difference if the system is a handheld or console since they are all competing for the same shelf space.

Prime_28
Prime_28

@JoInfo Even when "next gen" arrives I still think 3DS will be better for awhile longer.

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

@Nintyfan95 Well I don't think that would be that nice ... imagine God Of War with rainbow colors and cute monsters with a cute Kratos ... I'm not sure the story would be that great ... Heavy Rain with the art stye of Anymal Crossing would be very disturbing ... Jason wouldn't die ... no and the origami killer would make drawing on walls ...

I'm also in the generation that grew up with the NES and SNES but man, some games can't be taken serious without the realism or the violence ... and well I remember that after Mortal Kombat was release on the SNES many moms go piss off and Midway had to take back all MK SNES games back and reprogram them without the blood ...

sgt_F79
sgt_F79

@Nintyfan95 Pffft, Sony is for the hardcore player!, can't take the gore, then don't play it.

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

@xgalacticax sure the Vita doesn,t sell as well as the 3ds but the games are good and no it isn't a portable PS3. And well a touch screen and pad can add a lot of interesting thing.

And sure the 3ds is cool and a nice system that can rival with the big home consol.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@xgalacticax Yeah, the DS will probably be the most sold gaming system ever before soon. It's almost sold as many units as the PS2. The 3DS sales are also looking good and the PSP has sold about half as many units as the PS2. The PS Vita is the only weak link.

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

@SadPSPAddict but unlike the 360 that have been pretty much dead for the past 2 years, the PS3 still releases great games.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@wcwj26 Very well could be. And that's not a bad thing at all. The 3DS is killing it right now.

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

@sgt_F79 @Nintyfan95 Your missing the point altogether, some of the best selling video games are family-friendly, alot of people can't stand violent video games, graphics are getting better, and better, which makes the violence all the more realistic, I miss the days of NES/SNES/Genesis days, when games had minimal if no violence @ all. More importantly games didn't depend on violence to be original. Only a few game franchises get away with that because childish teens try to fit in, like Call of Duty, and Grand Theft Auto. 

19James89
19James89

@btroof @zeca04 I'll delighted when mine comes back from the repair centre, I hate not being able to play Pikmin 3.

Mayleene
Mayleene

@19James89 In the not too distant future you will be glad you bought that WiiU and will have saved up for the 3DS.  I recommend getting the XL version, though.

safecow
safecow

@Nintyfan95 @sgt_F79 
Minimal if no violence? there's all kinds of violence, just they weren't realistic in terms of graphics cause of lack of technology.  Contra, Mortal Kombat and the likes were violent.  To your other point, GTA was NOT relying on violence to be original, it was the sandbox formula that made them popular.  At least get some facts straight.

sgt_F79
sgt_F79

@Nintyfan95 @sgt_F79 I was just kidding mate :P, i did get your point and i do agree, that's why i gave you a like.

Mayleene
Mayleene

@19James89 I don't think I can quite go that far.  For example, if for no other game than X I will get the WiiU.  But in reality, I know, there are more games to get the WiiU for:  PikMin3, Bayonetta2, Zelda, MKart, to name only a few.

I actually have PikMin3 but no WiiU yet which is typical for me.  Get the game then the console if need be.  I have seen where a lot of people wish they had purchased Xenoblade Chronicles but can't find it or find it and it's outrageously priced, even for a used copy.  Mine's still in the shrink wrap.  Playing it after Pandora's Tower which is after I finish The Last Story.

19James89
19James89

@Mayleene I may well get the 3DS. All I know is my TV console days are drawing to a close, I won't buy another one after the Wii U. 

I will opt for a handheld device instead.