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Nintendo 3DS surpasses 10 million sold in NA

By Mike Williams

Nintendo 3DS surpasses 10 million sold in NA

Fri 13 Dec 2013 6:46am GMT / 1:46am EST / 10:46pm PST

Pokemon X and Y crosses 2.35 million units and Wii U sales are up 340 percent month-over-month

Following the release of November's NPD report, Nintendo has announced its most recent sales milestones led by the 3DS. The successful portable sold nearly 770,000 units during the month, putting its lifetime total at nearly 10.5 million.

Two recent 3DS titles also joined the system in its forward momentum. Pokemon X and Y each sold more than 225,000 combined physical and digital copies, bringing the life-to-date total of the latest Pokemon to 2.35 million units. This month's release of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds sold more than 280,000 units across physical and digital formats. The special edition Zelda-themed 3DS XL - which was on sale at Target during Black Friday - adds to that total, bringing A Link Between Worlds to 405,000 units.

Nintendo is also touting that a number of first-party 3DS games had triple-digit sales percentage increases over October's numbers. This includes Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D with a 140 percent increase, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon with a 105 percent increase, and Paper Mario: Sticker Star with a 280 percent increase. The 3DS's saviors, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, are still going strong with their 23rd month on the market; those titles had a 130 percent and 235 percent increase respectively.

Unfortunately, the Nintendo Wii U numbers aren't as strong. Nintendo is boasting of a greater than 340 percent increase in Wii U hardware sales over October's numbers, but that puts estimates at around 220,000 units. Super Mario 3D World sold more than 215,000 physical and digital units combined for the month, but ultimately it didn't even reach the Top 10 in the NPD chart.

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Paul Jace Merchandiser

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Like most I have a 3DS system. I've been tempted a few times to get an upgraded one, particularly that Zelda 3DS XL combo unit. But unfortunatly Nintendo still has the extremely outdated policy of tying all of your games to one system instead of one account. Thats also the reason the only DLC games I've gotten are whatevers been available thru club Nintendo. I always worry that if my system gets broken or stolen I lose access to all my content. I imagine if Nintendo finally corrects this outdated business model their sales will increase enough to have made it a worthwhile change.

Posted:2 years ago


Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing

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For all the doom and gloom poured over non-smartphone handhelds, the 3DS is certainly keeping pace with the original DS. However, in the life cycle of the DS, this was the moment, when sales exploded to six million units per financial quarter.

Posted:2 years ago


Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

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Paul, that's about to change. Nintendo now has the Nintendo Network ID (NNID) for the 3DS and Wii U.

Posted:2 years ago

Its partially changing: the network ID can still only be attached to a single 3DS (and WiiU), and games are still bound to that system.

Its fair enough really, and its going to be a bit of work to change this for a handheld: it would imply "always-connected", and validation of account credentials anytime you want to start playing a game.

Otherwise, what is to stop people from buying a 3DS for a friend, attaching it to their account, downloading all the games from the account, then going offline? Instant piracy.

Its not really like phones work either: switching accounts is hard (virtually format and reinstall), and there is so much personal detail on there you don't want anyone else having access to it. And offline phones are sort of ... useless.

Posted:2 years ago


Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

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Its fair enough really, and its going to be a bit of work to change this for a handheld: it would imply "always-connected", and validation of account credentials anytime you want to start playing a game.
The 360 content licence has always been to allow offline use on the console you bought the console, and online use to other console where you log in. They added quite early a system where you could transfer all your offline licences to one console, but only allowed this once a year.

Kindle allows you to have one account on multiple devices (both kindle and apps on others) but restricts devices with can store the same book to a publisher set limit (often 5 or 6). You certainly don't have to be connected to read a kindle.

There are plenty of approaches they could use that did not involve "Always on", or "Tied permanantly to one device".

Posted:2 years ago


Paul Jace Merchandiser

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So it appears nothing will be changing for Nintendo after all so I guess I will not be buying any upgraded future versions of 3DS.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 16th December 2013 1:33am

Posted:2 years ago


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