Mamma Mia, Nintendo Sells 6.68 Million 3DS Systems
Handheld trending slightly ahead of DS. Number should only increase through the holiday season.
Despite being on the receiving end of harsh criticism (some from us, we admit), Nintendo recently emerged to announce that 3DS worldwide sales have reached an impressive 6.68 million units, for a period that includes the Japanese launch in February to September 30, 2011.
This figure, no doubt partially achieved with the August 12 price drop, puts the system a bit ahead of DS during a similar period of time, and just before two of the handheld's biggest games, Super Mario 3D Land (November 13) and Mario Kart 7 (December 4) appear in stores.
Although the company moved just 710,000 machines between April and June, sales picked up from July to September, with a healthier 2.36 million systems sold.
Meanwhile, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D crossed the one million copies sold mark, bringing total 3DS software sales to 17.56 million.
Finally, the big N revealed that DS hit the 149 million mark (insane, by the way), while Wii stands at a more "pedestrian" 89.36 million consoles sold.
Overall, great news for Nintendo. We certainly hope a double dose of Mario will give the system a huge boost.