The last couple of months have belonged to the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo’s handheld system has been the best selling video game platform due to its recently stellar first-party software lineup.
In May, Nintendo had Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Fire Emblem: Awakening to thank for a giant boost in sales. In June? The thanks go to Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
A press release from Nintendo reveals that Animal Crossing: New Leaf was sold, in both digital and physical form, more than 500,000 times. That software push lead to nearly 225,000 Nintendo 3DS units sold during the month of June.
Strong software has helped Nintendo almost double its performance over last year. Here’s a quick blip from the release:
Through the first six months of 2013, Nintendo has sold nearly 3.6 million combined physical and digital units of first-party Nintendo 3DS software, an increase of more than 85 percent over the same time frame last year.
There’s more on the way, too. Nintendo is set to drop The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team before 2013 is over. Oh, yeah, and don’t forget about that little Pokémon that’s releasing globally in October.
Hit the giant press release button below to read the full presser from Nintendo.
Strong Animal Crossing: New Leaf Launch Helps Nintendo 3DS Repeat as Best-Selling Video Game Platform
Nintendo 3DS sold nearly 225,000 units of hardware in June and finished as the best-selling video game system in the U.S. for the second consecutive month. A strong launch forAnimal Crossing: New Leaf and the continued strength of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon helped sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware and software increase by more than 40 percent and nearly 105 percent, respectively, over the same time last year.
Highlights for the month include:
- Through the first six months of 2013, Nintendo has sold nearly 3.6 million combined physical and digital units of first-party Nintendo 3DS software, an increase of more than 85 percent over the same time frame last year.
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf sold more than 505,000 combined physical and digital units in June. More than 20 percent of these sales were through the Nintendo eShop, the second-highest ratio behind only Fire Emblem Awakening. Nintendo’s internal trackers show that sales of the game continue to be strong in July as well, indicating that Animal Crossing: New Leaf is poised to be one of the biggest games of the summer.
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D sold more than 108,000 combined units in its second month and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon added nearly 115,000 combined units in its fourth month on the market, bringing its lifetime total to more than 750,000 combined units.
- Nintendo had three of the top five best-selling software SKUs for the month.
Nintendo 3DS will build on its momentum with the successive launches of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Aug. 11), Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (Oct. 12), Mario Party for Nintendo 3DS (name not final; November) and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (November).
Starting in August and continuing through the end of the year, Wii U will launch a series of great games, including Pikmin 3 (Aug. 4), The Wonderful 101 (Sept. 15), The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (October), Wii Party U (October), Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (November), Super Mario 3D World (December) and Wii Fit U (December).
*Data regarding physical sales of games in June are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers are specific to the United States only.