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Nintendo 3DS Breaks 10 Million Sales, Wii U Sales up 340%

by Ron Duwell | December 13, 2013December 13, 2013 6:00 am PST

Super Mario 3D WOrld

November proved to have another positive growth month for the Nintendo 3DS and its two gaming devices. NPD results show Wii U console once again grew in sales by 340 percent of October’s figures, and the Nintendo 3DS handheld broke 10 million sales on American coasts by selling 770,000 in a single month. Overall, Nintendo’s sales figures doubled October’s.

The Wii U, despite the 340 percent jump outlined by the press release, only sold roughly 220,000 units during November. Positive growth from October for the system, yes, but still a very, very low amount in a month where other consoles approach 750,000 and 1,000,000 sold.

Nintendo gives the credit to seeing two of the best rated games of the year, Super Mario 3D World and Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, being released for this surge. In fact, Nintendo was quick to point out that Super Mario 3D World is currently the highest rated next-gen game on Metacritic, with a score of 94.

Since launch day, both which coincided with the release of the Xbox One, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds racked up an impressive 280,000 physical and retail copies sold, and when combined with the Nintendo 3DS bundle, its number jumps to over 400,000. Super Mario 3D World shipped out 215,000. Pokémon X and Y also continued to fair well with 225,000 units sold, bringing lifetime sales to nearly 2.35 million.

Other Nintendo first-party titles like Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, and Super Mario 3D Land all spiked the previous month as well.

“This holiday season, Nintendo is offering an unparalleled combination of value and variety,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “In looking at these results, two things are indisputable: Our hardware is gaining momentum at the exact right time and our software catalog is stronger than ever.”

It’s hard to argue about the quality, with each game mentioned by Nintendo being a wonderfully entertaining piece of exclusive software. Sales wise, the console world continues to not look entirely pearly white for Nintendo.

Senior Gaming Editor Joey Davidson called it the best value for your money on the console scene this year, and I am in full agreement. It remains to be seen how many others will join us.

Dec. 12, 2013

Nintendo Hardware Sales Increase by 100 Percent, Nintendo 3DS Surpasses 10 Million

Two games that are among the best reviewed of 2013 launched on Nov. 22: Super Mario 3D World for Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS. The strong response to these games helped sales of Nintendo hardware systems in November increase by 100 percent over the month prior. This includes nearly 770,000 units of the Nintendo 3DS family, which drove the lifetime total past 10 million to nearly 10.5 million units. Other sales milestones achieved for the month include:

Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y each sold more than 225,000 combined digital and physical units in their second month on the market. This brought the combined life-to-date total to more than 2.35 million units. On Dec. 4, Nintendo revealed special edition Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Nintendo 2DS bundles that should keep the games’ momentum going through the holidays and into 2014.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the sixth Nintendo 3DS title to have a Metacritic score of 90 or higher, sold more than 280,000 combined digital and physical units. That figure jumps to more than 405,000 total units when including the special edition Zelda-themed Nintendo 3DS XL system, which comes with a code to download the game.

A handful of first-party Nintendo 3DS titles saw triple-digit sales percentage increases in November over sales in October. This includes standout 2013 titles such as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (seventh month on market; 140 percent increase) and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (ninth month; 105 percent increase), and legacy titles such as Paper Mario: Sticker Star (13th month; 280 percent increase), Mario Kart 7 (23rd month; 130 percent increase) and Super Mario 3D Land (24th month; 235 percent increase).

Wii U

Sales of Wii U hardware increased by more than 340 percent over sales in October.

Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, currently the highest-rated next-generation title with a Metacritic score of 94, sold more than 215,000 combined digital and physical units in its first eight days on the market.

“This holiday season, Nintendo is offering an unparalleled combination of value and variety,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “In looking at these results, two things are indisputable: Our hardware is gaining momentum at the exact right time and our software catalog is stronger than ever.”

*Data regarding physical sales of games in November 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, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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