DS Crosses 50 Million Units In U.S., Ocarina Of Time 3D Exceeds 500,000
Nintendo to its critics: "You want numbers? We'll give you some numbers."
Calling Nintendo's 2011 a rough year would be a colossal understatement. The publisher continues to face harsh criticism in the wake of its relatively weak 3DS launch, the mixed reaction to the Wii U console and a tumbling stock price.
With this in mind, the company chose to release impressive numbers, perhaps in the hope of silencing the disappointed hordes.
The biggest piece of news involves DS, which crossed the 50 million units sold mark in the United States. This also amounts to roughly 273 million games sold for the system, essentially 107,000 titles sold per day since 2004.
"The Nintendo DS forever changed the gaming landscape, and the fact that consumers continue to embrace the platform is a testament to its value and mass appeal," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Our hand-held story continues with the Nintendo 3DS system, which just had its second consecutive month of growth and enters its first holiday season with a monster lineup of games, including Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7."
Speaking of 3DS, Nintendo managed to sell almost 450,000 systems since the August 12 price drop.
In addition, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D became the first 3DS game to surpass 500,000 units sold in the U.S.
Finally, the publisher parted ways with 647,000 total systems (this includes Wii) in September alone.
Good news all around, but we're more interested in seeing how 3DS does throughout the busy holiday shopping season.