Nintendo sent out a press release yesterday evening that included hardware and software sales highlights for the month of March. Two major releases saw retail in the United States during March, Pokémon Black and White and the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo attributes their best hardware sales month in U.S. history to both launches.

First, the 3DS sold just over 400,000 units during the week of its retail availability. Coupled with the entire DS hardware library, Nintendo moved more than 460,000 units in March. That, according to the company's presser, makes last month a record setter.

In the software arena, Pokémon Black and White sold a combined total of more than 2.4 million units in the U.S. since its March 6th North American launch date. That's almost enough Nintendo 3DSs for every man, woman and child in the city of Chicago, Illinois.

Nintendo went on to insist that 3DS owners would be in for a treat in the coming months for a few reasons:

As Nintendo 3DS heads into its first full month of sales, a number of milestones are on the horizon to keep momentum going:

  • A free future system update will provide Nintendo 3DS owners with an Internet browser and access to the Nintendo eShop, which will bring consumers a broad variety of downloadable software as well as video game trailers, screen shots and related information. The system update also delivers a solution for Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL owners to easily transfer most of their Nintendo DSiWare games to their new Nintendo 3DS systems.
  • On June 19, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D introduces a completely re-mastered version of an epic entry in the beloved The Legend of Zelda game series. The game couples phenomenally enhanced graphics, stunning glasses-free 3D visuals, a touch-screen interface and newly implemented motion controls to provide a fresh experience. The game will also feature new challenges not included in the original game. The Legend of Zelda veterans can look forward to the Master Quest – a second quest with revamped puzzles and redesigned dungeons that feature the same graphical and interface upgrades as the main game.
  • Later this summer, Netflix members who own a Nintendo 3DS system and can access a broadband wireless Internet connection will be able to instantly watch TV episodes and movies streaming from Netflix directly to their Nintendo 3DS systems. A Netflix unlimited membership is required.

For us? The June 19th launch date for Ocarina of Time 3D is more than enough to get excited for. I've been dying for a reason to revisit one of Link's greatest adventures. This time we get updated visuals and 3DS specific events.

Zelda nerds: come, rejoice.