3DS sales reach 11.5 million in US alone, Nintendo calls system a "powerhouse"

Nintendo also announces March 14 launch date for Yoshi's New Island.

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Nintendo has now sold more than 11.5 million "3DS family" units in the United States alone, the company announced today. Worldwide, Nintendo has sold more than 34.98 million systems as of September 30, meaning the US market makes up about one-third of all sales. Importantly, Nintendo counts 3DS XL and the 2DS as part of the "3DS family."

Gamers also bought a record number of 3DS games in 2013, Nintendo said. The company sold over 16 million combined packaged and digital 3DS games last year in North America, an increase of 45 percent compared to 2012.

On a worldwide basis, Nintendo has sold more than 122 million 3DS games as of September 30.

"Nintendo 3DS is a powerhouse with games and experiences that appeal to all kinds of players," Nintendo of America marketing executive Scott Moffitt said.

Moffitt added that the "best days" of the 3DS are still to come in 2014 and beyond. To that end, Nintendo also announced today that Yoshi's New Island will launch March 14 in stores and through the eShop. The new Super Smash Bros. game is also coming to the 3DS sometime in 2014.

Finally, Nintendo today announced Disney Magical World, a new game that features "dozens" of Disney characters in numerous Disney-themed worlds. This game launches on the 3DS in stores and through the eShop on April 11.

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