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3DS reaches 15 million sold in Japan

Combined sales of 3DS and XL give Nintendo a reason to celebrate

The Nintendo 3DS has now sold more than 15 million units in Japan.

According to Famitsu, the 15 million is a combined total from both models of Nintendo's market-leading handheld: the 3DS and the 3DS XL.

The size of its installed-base in its native market is one of the few positives Nintendo can look to in its current predicament. Nevertheless, the company's disastrous Q4 financial report showed that even the 3DS is not meeting expectations, with Nintendo cutting its fiscal year projections from 80 million units to 66 million units.

Yesterday, the Nikkei reported that Nintendo was preparing its entrance into mobile gaming, by using smartphones as a way to distribute demos, videos and information for the games on its own hardware platforms.

Thanks Siliconera.

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