Nintendo 3DS Exceeds 10 Million Units Sold in North America

Nintendo 3DS Exceeds 10 Million Units Sold in North America

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The one-two punch of Pokemon and Zelda resulted in a lot of new 3DS owners this past November.

Nintendo's November sales figures painted a pretty rosy picture for the company's latest handheld, which just hit a milestone of 10.5 million in lifetime sales. Of that amount, 770,000 units were sold during November alone. Recent software launches, like October's Pokemon X and Pokemon Y and November's The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, helped further push sales of the handheld system. Each of the two Pokemon games sold more than 225,000 across physical and digital distribution platforms, which brings the total number of Pokemon games sold 2.35 million. A Link Between Worlds sold 280,000 physical and digital copies, and that number increases to 405,000 if you include special Black Friday pack-in deals at Target, which included both the game and the 3DS system.

The new wave of 3DS owners also pushed sales of other first-party Nintendo titles, some of which saw a sales percentage increase measured in the triple digits. Paper Mario: Sticker Star saw the biggest bump, with a 280 percent sales increase over October, according to Nintendo. Other games that saw big leaps over their October sales were Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, with a 140 percent increase, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, with a 105 percent increase, Mario Kart 7, at a 130 percent increase, and Super Mario 3D Land whose sales went up by 235 percent.

It wasn't as happy a report for the Wii U, unfortunately. Its sales for November were estimated to be at about 220,000, which Nintendo did point out is an increase in sales by 340 percent. It clearly faced some stiff competition, though, from the launch of two other next generation consoles that month. Super Mario World 3D did sell 215,000 units for the month, but was unable to break into the top 10 software sales list for November.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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Now if we could just get some games for the damn thing. C'mon publishers, start making quality games for the system, not more pet/brat shit.

I'll admit I finally bought my 3DS because of Zelda Link Between Worlds. It is a system seller.

Baresark:
Now if we could just get some games for the damn thing. C'mon publishers, start making quality games for the system, not more pet/brat shit.

If you're a fan of JRPGs the system already has a pretty wide variety of quality games - this year saw Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV as fairly popular releases, as well as a large number of lesser-known but still very good games. This is putting aside the two massively popular games that were sort of mentioned in the article. Overall I'm pretty happy with my 3DS and every time I complete a game, there's another one just released that I want to play. Part of that might be because I'm a grad student who also works full time, but eh.

What kinds of games would you like to see for the system?

Baresark:
Now if we could just get some games for the damn thing. C'mon publishers, start making quality games for the system, not more pet/brat shit.

There are plenty of great 1st and 2nd party games for the system now.
-Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance
-Code of Princess
-Theathrthm Final Fantasy
-Shin Megami Tensei IV (sadly not available in PAL regions yet)
-Devil Survivor Overclocked
-Fire Emblem Awakening
-Super Mario 3D Land
-New Super Mario Bros 2
-Mario Kart 7
-Soul Hackers
-Phoenix Wright Dual Destinies
-Animal Crossing New Leaf
-Etrian Odyssey IV
And of course the aforementioned Pokemon X&Y and Zelda: A Link between Worlds.

That is more than enough to entice many people, note I did not include ports, but there are also games like Tales of the Abyss and Super Street Fighter 4 which play like a dream on the system.

Also, good to see the system doing very well, love mine to bits (most of my favorite games of the year are on it) I still remember all the nay-sayers claiming it would utterly fail.

Tastum:

Baresark:
Now if we could just get some games for the damn thing. C'mon publishers, start making quality games for the system, not more pet/brat shit.

If you're a fan of JRPGs the system already has a pretty wide variety of quality games - this year saw Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV as fairly popular releases, as well as a large number of lesser-known but still very good games. This is putting aside the two massively popular games that were sort of mentioned in the article. Overall I'm pretty happy with my 3DS and every time I complete a game, there's another one just released that I want to play. Part of that might be because I'm a grad student who also works full time, but eh.

What kinds of games would you like to see for the system?

That is a good question. I'm not entirely sure, but good releases are few and far between while the Disney kiddy stuff is a weekly occurrence. I thoroughly enjoyed Fire Emblem, Zelda, all of that stuff. I would just like to see more new IP on it besides more tried and true sequels to games everyone knows will sell well. I did get a ridiculous amount of playtime out of Monster Hunter and Fire Emblem. I still need to pick up Shin Megami Tensei IV. But I kind of miss going to a store and seeing a million games on the shelf where I'm unsure what to buy because of all the promise out there. If you go to a store and look at the 3DS shelf, it's a fraction the size of other shelves despite the systems age and you see the same titles in the same spot with very little change. I just want to see more on the system I guess. More original IP's that don't waste their time with gimmicks. I like the JRPG selections, but I wouldn't mind seeing more platformers for example.

Baresark:
Now if we could just get some games for the damn thing. C'mon publishers, start making quality games for the system, not more pet/brat shit.

You mean other than the mentioned ones in the article? I don't think it would have hit 10 million units sold without any games backing it.

But...
Super Mario 3D Land
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Pokemon X and Y
Animal Crossing
Fire Emblem Awakening
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Etrian Odyssey 4
Etrian Odyssey Untold
Shin Megami Tensei 4
Bravely Default
Crimson Shroud
Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies
Rune Factory 4
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Liberation Maiden
Virtue's Last Reward
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance
Resident Evil Revelations

and eshop releases of Mega Man 2-6, Zelda, Link's Awakening, Oracle of Seasons and Ages, and more.

and in the not so distant future you've got
Persona Q
Super Smash Bros 3D

and a maybe on Monster Hunter 4 though I wouldn't hold my breath until an HD version is announced.

Damn, someone beat me to it.

Bah. In my opinion the 3DS has the strongest library of any "newer" console right now. To say it needs more good games... I don't think I can agree with that. Maybe part of the 3DS success is it's competition and how badly it's going in comparison.

I've been a 3DS owner since the beginning when the price was ridiculous and I haven't regretted my decision even then, that ambassador program was an awesome "I'm sorry for dropping the price so much" I've seen from a company.

But then again, I've always been and probably always will be a Nintendo Fanboy so what doesn't my opinion really matter haha

When saying "3DS", is the article also including sales of the 2DS? If not, I'd be curious to see how that's selling by comparison, and if so, I'd want to see the breakdown of the 770,000 November number between 3DS, 3DSXL, and 2DS.

Baresark:
Now if we could just get some games for the damn thing. C'mon publishers, start making quality games for the system, not more pet/brat shit.

Seriously? There's more excellent games on the 3DS than any other handheld in history.

I'm not familiar with the handheld market at all, so is 10 mill in 2 and half years good? If it is then congratulations, Nintendo. And it's really good to see the Wii U starting to pick up. I hope it stays steady or rises in the coming months.

144:
When saying "3DS", is the article also including sales of the 2DS? If not, I'd be curious to see how that's selling by comparison, and if so, I'd want to see the breakdown of the 770,000 November number between 3DS, 3DSXL, and 2DS.

When figures refer to the 3DS then they are also including it's revisions, in this case the 2DS is also included in this along with the XL and regular 3DS.
Although a larger breakdown would be interesting. I'm still surprised that it only sold 770k in November considering that November is the largest shopping season of the year and the 2DS was only $99 as well.

OT: Not bad, good thing they got the 3DS a good traction. Now Nintendo, stop focusing on it and work on the Wii U because only selling 220K units puts you at Dreamcast levels of sales in the same time frame. >.<

My dear adorable little brother may have accidentally spilled the beans about my parents acquiring a 3DS for xmas for me this year, so...yeah unsurprising. I have lamented a little bit being out of the loop when it comes to my less PC savy gaming friends, about their pokemons and their zeldas.

If said 'psst don't tell' rumour is true then I'll be joining the droves soon.

Baresark:
Now if we could just get some games for the damn thing. C'mon publishers, start making quality games for the system, not more pet/brat shit.

Uhm frankly I don't think its lacking at this point. Unless you mean exclusives be even there... Its got quite the collection of titles this year alone.

Well I did finally get myself a 3DS when pokemon came out.. so I might be in those numbers.
For the WiiU... well it is the next console I plan on getting.. but it might just have to wait because budget... from what I've seen so far the competition doesn't appeal that much to me, I guess I just want my marios and zeldas and the likes, you know what you are getting... but if you like them, what's the problem?

Good for them. It's a solid handheld that I think was initially held back by the price and 3D stigma.

(That is, once people got over the wow factor of glassesless 3D and started getting reports of eyestrain and headaches)

144:
When saying "3DS", is the article also including sales of the 2DS? If not, I'd be curious to see how that's selling by comparison, and if so, I'd want to see the breakdown of the 770,000 November number between 3DS, 3DSXL, and 2DS.

That's what I was wondering, too.

Zeriah:

Seriously? There's more excellent games on the 3DS than any other handheld in history.

I have trouble believing it surpasses the GBA.

Count me in the crowd that fell for the Pokemon-Zelda combo. That beautiful Zelda edition 3DS XL sealed the deal. Now if only Wii U sales could surge like that -- or rather, if only Nintendo could come up with a reason for me to buy a Wii U.

And even with already owning those two big games, there's still plenty of other games I'm interested in getting. Fire Emblem Awakening, Super Mario 3D Land, Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, etc. I'm also now avidly looking forward to Super Smash Bros for the 3DS.

Now, if only Nintendo could do the same thing with the Wii U... a Majora's Mask remake would be an instant buy, Nintendo (*hinthintnudgenudge*)

Ah, well, I'll just have to settle for a remake of my third favorite game in the world, OoT... as well as Pokemon X, MH3U, 3D Land, Z:ALBW, Mario Kart 7, KH3D... etc.

Brian Tams:
Now, if only Nintendo could do the same thing with the Wii U... a Majora's Mask remake would be an instant buy, Nintendo (*hinthintnudgenudge*)

Ah, well, I'll just have to settle for a remake of my third favorite game in the world, OoT... as well as Pokemon X, MH3U, 3D Land, Z:ALBW, Mario Kart 7, KH3D... etc.

I doubt Majora's Mask would be a major system seller if Ocarina of Time didn't set the 3DS on fire and Wind Waker HD didn't put much wind in the Wii U's sales (you can execute me for bad punnery now). Old, re-released content is not what attracts people to a system. You may have a niche audience that wants to see that new content in handheld form or in shiny HD, but you'll have just as many who feel they don't need to put $200 or $300 down just to play a game they already played and probably still can play.

No, what we're seeing is that new content -- a new Pokemon game and a new Zelda game -- gets people out to the stores to buy systems to play them on. The Wii U needs a new Zelda game, a new (good) Metroid game, a new Starfox game. Nintendo only just now released Super Mario 3D World, and while the game is great by all accounts, it's just Mario. It's the sort of thing everyone who is already buying a Wii U would pick up, but not something you would buy a Wii U just to play. It doesn't inspire the kind of fan obsession that Zelda or Metroid does. What Nintendo has thrived on in times of success and survived on in times of stress has been releasing new first party games. Wind Waker and Metroid Prime on the low-selling Gamecube are easy examples. They've dragged their feet with releasing new first party content on the 3DS and Wii U, and their bottom line is suffering for it.

Brian Tams:
Now, if only Nintendo could do the same thing with the Wii U... a Majora's Mask remake would be an instant buy, Nintendo (*hinthintnudgenudge*)

Ah, well, I'll just have to settle for a remake of my third favorite game in the world, OoT... as well as Pokemon X, MH3U, 3D Land, Z:ALBW, Mario Kart 7, KH3D... etc.

I'm in total agreement, they need MM on the 3DS. I'm not a big fan of OoT, but the remake was superb, not only did they up the graphics, the mirrored Master Quest was like playing a whole new game.

Also need more old title games! The collection of original NES, Sega, Gameboy, and Gamegear games are a great start, but throw in a ton more and the 3DS is unbeatable.

If I want retro games, I can get them on an emulator for my smartphone for free before paying $200 for a new system. Retro games are nice but they do not make a system "unbeatable".

Well ya look at that.

And to think just a year and a half ago we had a bunch of "3DS is DOOOOMED" articles, Patcher saying Iwata should be fired, and a whole bunch of bankruptcy loons salivating at the mouth for Nintendo's inevitable smartphone jump.

People have short term memories though.
So I know for a fact that the next handheld that takes a little while to get off the ground will be met with the same bullshit.

Dragonbums:
Well ya look at that.

And to think just a year and a half ago we had a bunch of "3DS is DOOOOMED" articles, Patcher saying Iwata should be fired, and a whole bunch of bankruptcy loons salivating at the mouth for Nintendo's inevitable smartphone jump.

People have short term memories though.
So I know for a fact that the next handheld that takes a little while to get off the ground will be met with the same bullshit.

I was worried about it a little back then, but I figured once the big hitters came out it would still be a success. Lo and behold it happened! Unfortunately like you said, the DS4/4DS/Gameboy Supreme will face the same doomy and gloomy predictions. I truly believe the 3DS proves that even in a market where smart phones are so wide spread, people will always want a dedicated handheld gaming system.

OT: Glad to hear it. I really love the 3DS a lot more than I could've ever imagined. If these trends of releasing quality games continue, it may become my favorite handheld system. Perhaps it already has! ;)

Dragonbums:
Well ya look at that.

And to think just a year and a half ago we had a bunch of "3DS is DOOOOMED" articles, Patcher saying Iwata should be fired, and a whole bunch of bankruptcy loons salivating at the mouth for Nintendo's inevitable smartphone jump.

People have short term memories though.
So I know for a fact that the next handheld that takes a little while to get off the ground will be met with the same bullshit.

Past: The 3DS will cause Nintendo to die and go third party!
Present: The WiiU will cause Nintendo to die and go third party!
Future: The Nintendo 5932 will cause Nintendo to die and go third party! (Hey, someday we will be right!)

OT: Not surprising, to say the least. The Vita is a great system but Nintendo simply dominates the handheld market.

Hero of Lime:

I was worried about it a little back then, but I figured once the big hitters came out it would still be a success. Lo and behold it happened! Unfortunately like you said, the DS4/4DS/Gameboy Supreme will face the same doomy and gloomy predictions.

Really I think all console and handhelds are met with doom and gloom this day and age. It's just people pay attention to the doom and gloom being said about the system or company they like instead of seeing how it is applied to all consoles.

Neronium:

Hero of Lime:

I was worried about it a little back then, but I figured once the big hitters came out it would still be a success. Lo and behold it happened! Unfortunately like you said, the DS4/4DS/Gameboy Supreme will face the same doomy and gloomy predictions.

Really I think all console and handhelds are met with doom and gloom this day and age. It's just people pay attention to the doom and gloom being said about the system or company they like instead of seeing how it is applied to all consoles.

Yeah, I just wish people would wait longer to say, Console X is doomed because it only sold 300,000 in the first month or something like that. Though(maybe it's because I have more bias towards them)Nintendo seems to get more people saying their systems are more likely to fail. Sony and Microsoft get the same treatment too of course, which is just as silly.

Dragonbums:
Well ya look at that.

And to think just a year and a half ago we had a bunch of "3DS is DOOOOMED" articles, Patcher saying Iwata should be fired, and a whole bunch of bankruptcy loons salivating at the mouth for Nintendo's inevitable smartphone jump.

People have short term memories though.
So I know for a fact that the next handheld that takes a little while to get off the ground will be met with the same bullshit.

The Iwata getting fired thing in particular has always been hilarious to me because it shows just how ignorant and ethnocentric Pachter is, thus trivializing his opinions even further. The way Japanese businesses are structured basically make it impossible for the CEO to lose their position other than through personal resignation. This is mostly due to Boards of Directors being comprised of people from within the company and mostly people selected by the CEO (y'know, kinda like a Cabinet). Furthermore, the structure also prevents shareholders from having any real power in the grand scheme of things. They can't really bully the Board or the CEO, leaving their influence to being little more than them shaking their fists impotently. Fascinating stuff

Michael Pachter is not the only one saying Iwata should step down.

Redhawkmillenium:
Michael Pachter is not the only one saying Iwata should step down.

Indeed, it's idiots who are asking for Iwata to step down, mostly for universally shallow, petty reasons that make them sound like a bunch of brats. It's rather pathetic. They try to use the Wii U's current state as some sort of reason, but anyone with a brain knows what's really going on. I'm glad Iwata's sticking around because it annoys those kinds of gamers.

Aiddon:

Redhawkmillenium:
Michael Pachter is not the only one saying Iwata should step down.

Indeed, it's idiots who are asking for Iwata to step down, mostly for universally shallow, petty reasons that make them sound like a bunch of brats. It's rather pathetic. They try to use the Wii U's current state as some sort of reason, but anyone with a brain knows what's really going on. I'm glad Iwata's sticking around because it annoys those kinds of gamers.

Adam Sessler has said he think Nintendo's entire executive branch should be fired. Iwata included. And I think we both know he's no "idiot saying that for shallow reasons". I think he knows more about Nintendo's thinking than you or myself.

I personally think Iwata needs to step down. And to ignore the clear failure to move units of the Wii U as a reason for him leaving is a bit foolish of you.

The 3DS was selling at a loss until last June. And the profits it has made since then hasn't made up for the money lost on the Wii U.

I don't know how the hell both MS and Sony managed to make their consoles so well that they're selling them at a profit, but the fact that the Wii U is still selling at a loss per unit is very concerning.

People can praise the 3DS sales all they want. I just recently bought one for Monster Hunter 3 since its clear Sony is not getting the rights to that franchise back (grumble, grumble). But Nintendo has been posting losses for a couple of years now. They can shoulder the losses for a while, but Reggie showing up and looking like a lost child at the VGX awards isn't helping. Neither is Nintendo's lack of knowing how to market their product, something they haven't really had to do since......ever.

This is the first time Nintendo has had trouble selling a hardware product outside of the Virtual Boy, Phillips CD-i and the 3DS launch months. They have always sold on Name alone and now that they can't do that their Achilles Heel is showing.

That being that they don't know how to compete due to always doing really well or winning.

AzrealMaximillion:

Really? You cite Sessler as a credible source? Considering his track record whenever he speaks about Nintendo, I would like to say to him if I had the chance "Adam, you wouldn't happened to have ingested any illicit substances as of late, have you? Because you are clearly HIGH!" Considering how history goes, Nintendo has had the last laugh three times in a row despite people saying otherwise. I'm going to go with logic and evidence people's grudge over Iwata.

Aiddon:
AzrealMaximillion:

Really? You cite Sessler as a credible source? Considering his track record whenever he speaks about Nintendo, I would like to say to him if I had the chance "Adam, you wouldn't happened to have ingested any illicit substances as of late, have you? Because you are clearly HIGH!" Considering how history goes, Nintendo has had the last laugh three times in a row despite people saying otherwise. I'm going to go with logic and evidence people's grudge over Iwata.

You're a known Nintendo fan on these forums calling out the credibility of a person who's been involved in the industry for almost 20 years. You've also not provided any informed reasoning for why Adam Sessler's track record is "bad". It really seems to be simply you expressing your opinion and fandom for Nintendo.

You've provided none of this evidence of Nintendo having the "last laugh" on anything. I'll agree that in terms of handheld consoles, they win unless you count mobile gaming in that category. In which case Nintendo has work to do.

In terms of console sales there has been no last laugh for Nintendo. The Wii sold well but ruined virtual all 3rd party relationships in its wake. The Gamecube suffered greatly from Nintendo failing to market the many great 3rd party games it had. And the N64, while providing us with many classics, was slaughtered by the PSOne in sales and in the amount of classics spawned.

If you look at Nintendo's history you'll notice that Every Nintendo console since the NES has sold less than the previous console up until the Wii.

NES: 61 million
SNES: 49 million
N64: 33 million
Gamecube: 21 million

If you want to have an honest debate about this, then start backing up your opinion with facts and this alleged evidence you have, because at this point it seems more like you're spouting out the typical fandom conjecture that Nintendo's extreme fans are known for.

Looking at the console number sales for Nintendo it shows that their core audience is shrinking. It also illustrates that the success of the Wii was a major fluke. A fluke that benefited mostly Nintendo and drove away a massive portion of 3rd party publishers.

Nintendo right now has a console that's been out for a year and is looking to be outsold by both its new competitors within the next 3 and a half months. They also have the only console on the market right now that's being sold at a loss and they do not have the game sales to call the Wii U a worthwhile project at the moment. And keep in mind that the 3DS also lost Nintendo a large amount of money when they basically had to drop the price of it by 33% within 6 months of its launch due to poor sales.

Let's have an honest debate here.

What makes Adam Sessler so untrustworthy other than him criticizing (accurately in my opinion) the ills of Nintendo.

 

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