The Nintendo 3DS has really taken off over the last year, mostly thanks in part to better marketing and a fresh wave of quality first and third-party titles. Nintendo now has some solid figures to reaffirm the success of its handheld.
In the first four months of 2013 alone, the Nintendo has sold 2.1 million pieces of first-party software in the United States. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon has sold a solid 530,000 units, and it's backed up by the financial successes of Fire Emblem: Awakening and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins.
Overall, the 2.1 million units is a 52% jump over the same time period as last year, indicating a positive trend Nintendo wants to replicate on the Nintendo Wii U.
2013 will continue to see even more guaranteed success for the Nintendo 3DS with huge titles like Pokémon X and Y, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario Golf, and a sequel to Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.
And that is just first party software alone. Square Enix, Capcom, Atlus, and a host of other big time publishers have a respectable amount of software on the horizon. Be sure to check out the Nintendo Direct presentation this morning for more information on upcoming titles.
Nintendo 3DS First-Party Software Sales Are Up 52 Percent in 2013
A strong launch for LEGO® City Undercover: The Chase Begins helped Nintendo 3DS™ maintain its torrid pace in 2013. Through the first four months of the year, Nintendo has already sold more than 2.1 million units of first-party Nintendo 3DS software in the U.S. alone, an increase of 52 percent over the same time period last year. In 2012, it took 30 weeks for Nintendo 3DS to sell 2 million units of first-party software. In 2013, the platform accomplished that same feat in 18 weeks.
With the peak holiday selling season still ahead and a strong lineup of upcoming games that includes Donkey Kong Country™ Returns 3D on May 24, Animal Crossing™: New Leaf on June 9, Mario and Luigi™: Dream Team on Aug. 11, as well as new titles in the Pokémon™, Mario Golf™ and Legend of Zelda™ franchises, Nintendo 3DS is poised to have the strongest year of sales in its history.
Some notable sales numbers* achieved by Nintendo in April include:
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins sold nearly 94,000 combined physical and digital copies after launching on April 24.
Luigi's Mansion™: Dark Moon sold more than 140,000 combined physical and digital units in April and has now sold more than 530,000 total units to date.
In its sixth month on the market, New Super Mario Bros.™ U for the Wii U™ system increased its lifetime sales total to nearly 770,000 combined physical and digital units. During the next several months, a cavalcade of fan-favorite franchises will launch for Wii U. This includes Game & Wario™ on June 23, Pikmin™ 3 on Aug. 4, Disney's Planes from Disney Interactive on Aug. 6 and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell® Blacklist™ from Ubisoft on Aug. 20. At the upcoming E3 trade show in June in Los Angeles, Nintendo expects to show attendees upcoming Wii U games from the Mario Kart™, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros.™ franchises.
*Data regarding physical sales of games in April 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.