Nintendo 2DS US Sales Rise 500%, 3DS Up 83% in August 2016
The numbers are in.
Nintendo has released its own statement detailing how its hardware and games sold during August 2016 in the United States.
Starting with hardware, Nintendo 2DS sales rose over 500 percent compared to August 2015. Nintendo said this dramatic increase in part the result of the price cut down to $80 that went into effect in May. "Excitement for the Pokemon brand" was also cited, which is almost certainly a reference to Pokemon Go.
Nintendo 3DS hardware sales also improved, rising 83 percent compared to the same period last year. One thing to note is that this does not include sales of the New Galaxy New Nintendo 3DS XL system, which went on sale after the reporting period ended.
As for software sales, total 3DS first-party game sales jumped 57 percent, spanning both physical and digital sales. Nintendo also called out Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which Nintendo said charted at the No. 9 and No. 11 positions for overall sales in August, despite being released almost two years ago.
Wii U software sales rose by 30 percent, Nintendo added, though it did not share any new figures on hardware. The console's successor, the NX, is scheduled to launch in March 2017. According to a recent report, the console could be officially unveiled in October.
The Xbox One was the best-selling console of August 2016. Overall, total spending on hardware came in at $178 million, which is down 6 percent compared to last year. Xbox One and 3DS sales grew during the month, but it was not enough to offset the decline in spending on PS4 and Wii U consoles, among others.
Overall, Madden NFL 17 was the best-selling game of August 2016 in the US. You can see the full top chart and a more detailed breakdown of software sales during the month here.
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