3DS Has Banner Year In U.S., Nintendo Sells 4.5 Million Systems
The machine is still totally doomed though, right?
Believe it or not (we believe it), Nintendo's 3DS celebrates a birthday this month on March 27. Ah the memories. $249.99, no Mario at launch, people complaining of headaches, analysts condemning the machine...fun times.
Turns out, a lot can happen in a year. Now the system has a variety of must have games and it smashed some records, as in 4.5 million units sold in the U.S., far exceeding its predecessor, the old DS.
"Nintendo 3DS closes its first year with a lengthy list of accomplishments but we're still just scratching the surface," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "With a massive lineup of first- and third-party games and more on the way, a budding library of entertainment options and an engaged and growing installed base, Nintendo 3DS has an incredibly bright future. We're just getting started but this platform is built for the long haul."
On that note, the company was more than happy to list some key milestones:
[I]March 27, 2011: Nintendo 3DS ushers in a new era of gaming with glasses-free 3D. Launch-day sales are the strongest in Nintendo's history.
June 2011: The Nintendo eShop launches, letting users preview, try and buy new and classic games, download applications and watch 3D movie trailers.
June 2011: Link makes his first appearance in 3D with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which is still the best-reviewed game for Nintendo 3DS.
Summer 2011: Nintendo 3DS adds two video services:
Netflix unlimited streaming members can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes and movies.
Nintendo Video automatically delivers hand-picked 3D content from leading sites and artists.
October 2011: After only eight months, Nintendo 3DS surpasses first-year sales of Nintendo DS, the best-selling video game system in history.
Fall 2011: Mario jumps into 3D with two new games, each becoming the fastest-selling titles in their franchises' history:
Nov. 13, 2011: Super Mario 3D Land- 1.75 million copies sold to date
Dec. 4, 2011: Mario Kart 7- 1.45 million copies sold to date
December 2011: Users can now record up to 10 minutes of 3D video and stop-motion animation.
December 2011: Nintendo 3DS crosses 4 million units sold, passing the record pace set by the Wii.
Feb. 22, 2012: Dillon's Rolling Western launches for the Nintendo eShop, joining hot titles Pushmo and Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive!
March 23, 2012: Nintendo 3DS closes its first year with the launch of Kid Icarus: Uprising, the first original entrant in the series in more than 20 years.
Some of these are of course better than others. We don't consider Dillion's Rolling Western an event worth celebrating, but the rest definitely put 3DS on the map.
As for the DS comparison, 3DS dominated the best-selling handheld. Check this out:
[I]Total hardware units sold in first 12 months: 2.3 million (DS), 4.5 million (3DS)
Total number of software titles released in first 12 months: 58 (DS), 100+ (3DS)
Total units of software sold in first 12 months: 5 million (DS), 9 million+ (3DS)
Total $ sales (hardware, software, accessory) in first 12 months: $540 million (DS), $1.2 billion+ (3DS)[/I]