Not only that, but three games became million sellers in less than a year. Cause for celebration indeed.
Seems like quite a few companies had a successful holiday shopping season, with Nintendo joining this exclusive club.
Today, the company proudly announced that its 3DS system crossed the four million units sold mark in the United States, selling more in nine months than Wii did initially; keep in mind Wii was sold out for months following its 2006 launch in the States.
On top of that, Mario Kart Wii passed eleven million units sold, while New Super Mario Bros. DS crossed the ten million mark. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, meanwhile, became the 45th Wii title to sell over a million copies.
The news comes after an up and down year that saw 3DS released at $249.99, a drastic price cut to $169.99 and plenty of investor/analyst worrying over the big N's stock.
All told, Nintendo increased its foothold in the hardware business with over 12 million systems sold in 2011. This breaks down as follows: more than 4.5 million Wii consoles, over 4 million Nintendo 3DS systems and more than 3.4 million units of Nintendo DS handhelds sold. To date, this accounts for 39 million Wii and 51 million DS systems in the U.S.
Great news all around. Let's see what 2012 brings.