Nintendo 3DS Set To Surpass DS In Sales Over 12 Month Period
Remember DS, the best selling video game handheld of all time? Yes? Well 3DS is off to a much better start.
Before you criticize Nintendo for falling behind Apple in the handheld gaming war, before you bash the company for taking so long to release a new Mario game, and before you sell your 800,000 shares of stock, consider this:
3DS, after stumbling out of the gate this past March and getting slammed by every financial analyst to graduate college (and plenty who didn't), is set to surpass DS in units sold over the first 12 months.
Turns out, Nintendo has already sold 1.65 million systems in the U.S. in just nine months.
How many DS systems did it sell the first 12 months the dual screen handheld was on the market? 2.37 million.
Other cool stats:
-Nintendo sold more than 675,000 combined hardware units in October. This includes more than 250,000 units of Nintendo 3DS, nearly 250,000 Wii systems and nearly 180,000 units of the Nintendo DS family of systems.
-For the year, Nintendo has sold a combined 7 million hardware units and more than 55 million units of software have been sold for Nintendo platforms. Both of these numbers should increase with the Nov. 20 launch of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii.
-Both Wii, up 8 percent year over year, and Nintendo DS, up 23 percent over the previous month, demonstrated strong momentum heading into their respective sixth and eighth holiday seasons. In total, the two platforms have sold more than 87 million combined hardware units and more than 540 million combined units of software in the United States.
In other words, those critics may want to think twice before writing off the big N.