Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS see strong February sales over last year

Ahead of the February 2014 NPD results, Nintendo revealed that both their consoles have improved on sales over the previous year due to Donkey Kong and Bravely Default.

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Full February NPD US sales data will be coming in shortly, but ahead of the official announcement, Nintendo sent a press release detailing some of their own highlights for last month.

Nintendo reports that both the Wii U and 3DS increased in sales over February of last year; the Wii U grew by 180% and the 3DS by 25%.

Nintendo attributes increased sales of the Wii U in the US to the success of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Nintendo's follow-up to their popular platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns sold 130,000 copies (including digital and physical sales), and it was the number four best-selling SKU for February.

The 3DS's continued strong performance was due in part to Bravely Default, which was the number two best-selling game SKU for February. Nintendo reports that the game "improved on the launch of Fire Emblem Awakening by more than 10 percent, selling more than 200,000 combined units in just over three weeks." And Pokemon X and Y continued to go strong with 130,000 more copies sold, bringing the game's lifetime sales total to 3.4 million in the US.

We'll have full NPD data, including a list of the top 10 selling games, and which console came out on top overall, later today.

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