Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 become the first million-selling 3DS games for Nintendo of America; Zelda: Skyward Sword the latest Wii title to top 1 million sold in US.
The new year is a time for looking ahead, but Nintendo of America isn't quite done reflecting on 2011, as the company today announced a multitude of sales milestones crossed by its products over the holidays.
First and foremost, the company confirmed that sales of the 3DS have surpassed 4 million units in the United States alone. Last month, Nintendo pegged the system's US installed base at 2.37 million, pointing to December sales in excess of 1.2 million for the handheld.
The system endured a sluggish launch but gathered momentum with a significant price cut and a holiday software lineup including the launches of Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. Those two games have each sold to about a quarter of 3DS owners, as Nintendo also revealed Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 are the first two titles for the system to sell 1 million copies in the US.
As for Nintendo's other products, the Wii topped 4.5 million systems sold in 2011, making for a lifetime US sales total of 39 million. The year also saw Wii software reach new milestones, with November's The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword surpassing 1 million copies sold in its first month and a half on shelves, while 2008's Mario Kart Wii cruised past 11 million copies as the year wound down.
The DS family of handhelds (which doesn't include the 3DS) added another 3.4 million systems to its US tally, pushing its lifetime sales total beyond 51 million sold. The legacy handhelds had their own marquee software hit a significant milestone during the year, as 2006's New Super Mario Bros. reached 10 million copies sold.
This 4 million figure translantes to only 2.8 million when the original price has been factored in. The 30% price drop means the 4 million must be multiplied by 0.70 to give the true figures of what Nintendo expected to be making. They've made slaes, but they haven't made significant revenue yet.
they say the 3ds has better graphic than wii/gamecube that's mean twilight princess on the go !! :D please make this happen
Glad the 3DS is doing well, because it is pretty awesome. Got mine recently, and I really like all the new features. It even has a decent internet browser for when I'm too lazy to walk down to th real computer. :P And yes, this comment was typed on my 3DS. :)
Hmm its FUNNY.. ppl talk crap about the Nintendo 3DS system but it still manages to sell in the US. My guess is Nintendo really knows how to sell a product... ( Wii).. and I can bet its going to out sell the PSP Vita, even being the less hardcore system...Just casue its cheaper.. and quite frankly more fun..
3DS is in a good place now. Since the price drop it has been going well for Nintendo. Looks like it will get good support from Nintendo and 3rd parties which was what made the original DS so good. You can buy a 3DS now as it has good games, and you know good games are coming in the future.
I'm not a traditional Nintendo fan, I started Nintendo stuff seriously since the gamecube, I'm mainly into RPG, Fighting and FPS games (along with RTS and others) but I've got to say when it comes to the choice of the Vita or 3DS I chose the 3DS. I don't play Mario platformers and I don't really like racing games (so no kart stuff) or mini games but any serious gamer should stop the fanboy and childish stuff because it just is dumb. I chose the 3DS despite what many Sony fans (mentioned due to Vita being a competitor) would think due to my interests in hardcore games because if you look past the silly excuse that 3DS is gimmicky or childish you will notice good hardcore games. Fire emblem, Kid icarus, Metroid, Zelda, Resident Evil, Star Fox, Pokemon etc. with obviously other stuff to come. I don't think casual shooters like Uncharted or a bunch of games like hot shot golf / little big planet really deviate from the casual stuff on the other side of the 3DS either. I have more belief in Nintendo to produce quality and well made games than Sony for there handheld too, Sony makes hardcore games but not many have all that much appeal if you want something a little more out of the ordinary or top quality in my opinion. They make a lot of good games, but just not a lot of great games at the moment. That is just my opinion though and I still think the Vita will be a perfectly fine system if only because of the cool JRPG that we can expect to come eventually.
3D is just as much of a gimmick as over the top realistic graphics...neither are needed to make a great game. luckily they made that switch for those of you who don't care for the 3d aspect.
@Tripwolf It is a gimmick and an unnecessary one at that, the 3DS would benefit greatly from not using some of its processing power for 3D effects and using them elsewhere. The new Monster Hunter demonstrates that (I say new loosely).
@shadowhunter0 im pretty sure PS Vita is going to get its price drop too, cause if you look at it Japan already dropping the price for PS Vita 3G by 20%, here is a like if you guys haven't check it yet http://www.gamesradar.com/ps-vita-fails-equal-3ds-prompting-price-cuts-japan/
@Fritzzland @XanderZane A price cut wouldn't hurt but they seem to be arms crossed now. *********************************************************** Well, they have to see how the Vita sells in U.S. and UK first. They are a much bigger market then Japan. Not a lot of people shelled out $250 for he 3DS, so.... I like my 3DS though. Need to get a few more games though.
The PS Vita seems to have already died in Japan after selling 350K at launch. Just an example. Last week the 3DS sold almost 500K in Japan, while the PSVita sold just 75K. If these numbers continue in US and UK, Sony will be the next company to do a significant price cut.
good news for Nintendo but I would rather get a vita (which I am going to get once it gets release in the US) over the 3ds since the vita has the games that I want to play and and for what you are getting the vita is actually worth the price
Nintendo always finds a way to increase its sales. And with Vita sales getting sloppy,3DS will get even more boost,Nintendo is in the handheld market for a long time than Sony,they know what to expect and offer.
Oh?Where are all the haters and doom-saying analysts now? I thought they were saying Nintendo was doomed. Patience.Always have patience. Nintendo will always pull through.I'm very glad they did what needed done,and now I can look forward to another generation of handheld goodness. Now Sony needs to learn the same lesson. Apparently Vita sales are slumping already,and my guess is that the world simply doesn't want to pay $250 bucks for a handheld.I was talking to a Playstation fan who is a friend of mine,and he liked his PSP,but he just has too many other things to spend his money on to pay that much for video games.
Well wouldn't you know it, the key to great sales numbers is being not quite so greedy! And funnily enough, Sony is making exact same dumbass mistake that Nintendo first made with the 3DS. They think a $300 handheld will sell when there are smartphones under $100 that have awesome games and do so much more.
Mario and Zelda are always saving Big N when they don't stray from their origins, I mean, Mario playing tennis and other sports? Come on, these don't sell, we like Mario racing carts and kicking Bowser's a** and Link should only save Zelda! ; )
Wait...the 3DS has already sold more than what the DS and Wii sold in the first year!? Sorry for being rude,but I can't hold it back anymore...IN YOUR FACE SONY FANBOYZ And will be getting REvelations,Tekken 3D Prime Edition and Kid Icarus Uprising.Dangit,that's just Q1 of 2012,now I really need to get a job...
The same old crap released for every Nintendo System. Of course they are going to have the highest sales. Where is the competition?
@n64man94 I dont know why they wont release the other two either really. Theyve slowly become cult hits and are nearly impossible to get outside of emulation. I would much rather buy a re-release or VC copy of Earthbound than shell out $100+ for a cartridge on ebay. Makes you wonder if theres a reason theyre holding it back?
I love the system but still wish I didnt buy it at launch. I hope they realize that the system rebounded bc of great first party games so that when the wiiU is released, it will have these games at launch.
Excellent sales number for the Nintendo 3DS. I definitely appreciate mine. :) Great job, Nintendo. :D
You guys know the motto for the Sony PSP commercials? It was "Step your game up." Well I think Nintendo step its game up! Right now I think Sony is saying it and Nintendo is doing it... But all that aside, I do want to see healthy competition between the 2 handhelds because that means more video games for everyone that is a gamer!
I don't regret buying a 3DS on launch best decision ever.....I'll be enjoying the system since the beginning :D
PS Vita is in trouble, Nintendo is going to bring out it's heavy guns of games. Resident Evil Rev, Tales of the Abyss, Metal Gear 3D, Kid Icrus and Heroes of Ruin. And we still getting Luigi Mansion 2, Animal Crossing, and Paper Mario.
If they would release an Earthbound game or a remake Donkey Kong 64. Lots of old gamers would buy this. Although Earthbound might not get that much praise like before cause people these days might not know about that game.
its still quite scary. ipad and ipod touch gaming is now taking more revenues and market share than the PSVita and 3DS combined. I have a 3DS since launch and will also get a PSVita for the sake of portable gaming
@Gamingclone : Yeah,I know the 3ds launch was Abysmal but I would 10X's rather have few-to-no titles at launch and have a nice spread like 3ds (is planning to) have/has currently.For a creation/customization/customization/simulation die-hard like me I can easily get..heck..3 or 4 months out of RCT3d (assuming it isn't abominable to me like zoo tycoon ds)...I've spent a good 500 hours easy on Rct3..combine that with MGS,RE:revelations,Kid Icarus,Kingdom Hearts,Luigi's Mansion2 and so many other titles..while it might not be for everyone I myself can't get much more excited with the 3ds lineup (though I do miss Assassin's Creed and Megaman :Legends 3 very much!).
@coop36 I have to completely agree. I still can't understand the reason for only releasing one of the mother (earthbound) series' games in North America, other than the reason about how much they made fun of modern-day North America throughout it. If only they realized how much money they could make off of this. People want to see remakes of these games.
@moviequest14 Oh right! That is coming in March isnt it? I forgot all about that! That will be a system seller as well! All Nintendo needs to do is space these system sellers out throughout the year and they will continue to see 1.5 to maybe even 2 million 3DS's selling each month. But then again that just might of been because of Christmas :P But still, they will continue to sell ALOT each month if they spread system sellers through out the year.
Good for the 3DS, it struggled in the beginning now it's selling well. I would love to see a Earthbound game, Ninty's most underrated series.
Need more great games. Glad to see the 3ds succeed. Lets get some more quality games on VC. Nearly a joke so far. Nearly...
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