When the Nintendo 3DS was first launched earlier in the year the price and lack of quality launch titles were partly blamed for lackluster sales of the console. The company has suffered sliding sales of its Wii console as well that massively hit profits. But now it seems the Nintendo 3DS is not such a flop after all following recent sales figures of the console.
Back in the summer the device was given a hefty price cut and now according to Slash Gear the 3DS may even outsell the DS for its first year of being on sale. The NPD Group are saying the 3DS has sold over 1.65 million units in the US, which means it is currently on course to pass its predecessor during the same amount of time.
The DS has shifted around 50 million units since it was first released, and although has a long way to go the 3DS could eventually overtake the DS that is still the best selling platform in US history. During its first year of sales the DS achieved 2.37 million sales in the US with fifty percent of these coming during the holiday season.
Scott Moffitt of Nintendo America said “With a massive lineup of software on the way and the first-year sales record of Nintendo DS in its sights, Nintendo 3DS enters its first holiday season with a full head of steam”. Nintendo have revealed some other sales figures with 675,000 hardware units shifted during October alone.
Of these 250,000 were 3DS consoles with further 180,000 DS units being sold to gamers. The aging Wii console saw an eight percent increase in sales compared to this time last year, and the DS sales jumped 23 percent in one month. Obviously heavy discounts have helped things but it’s pretty impressive considering how long they have been available.
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