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.

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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.

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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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