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4 million sold for Nintendo 3DS

Handheld beats Wii with more sales in its first 9 months

The Nintendo 3DS handheld has sold 4 million units since its release, according to official figures. The total puts the machine ahead of the Wii in terms of unit sales for the first 9 months.

Nintendo revealed today that in 2011 it sold 12 million hardware units, including 4.5 million Wiis, the 3DS's 4 million and 3.4 million other Nintendo DS handhelds.

Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 are also the first titles for the 3DS to sell a million each in North America.

"One of the strongest software line ups in our history helped Nintendo have a great holiday season and to close 2011 with a full head of steam," said Nintendo of America VP of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt.

"Not only have the new Mario and Zelda titles already broken records, but with strong reviews and satisfied customers sharing their positive experiences, all three are also shaping up to be the latest long-tail titles from Nintendo. Couple that with a massive first- and third party lineup in the first part of the year and the prospects for 2012 are extremely promising."

The celebratory news is a stark contrast to the current Japanese figures for PlayStation Vita, which saw a 78 per cent drop in sales from its first to second week.

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
I'm a touch confused on this article. It says the 3DS beat the Wii's record by selling 4 million units in the US in 9 months yet it also says the Wii just sold 4.5 million units in this same period.

Is this record supposed to be the first 9 months post launch, any 9 month period or the first 3 quarters of the Nintendo fiscal year?
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Dave Conley Lead Programmer, Fuzzy-Frog Games7 years ago
The article says only four and a half wiis were sold so selling 4 million 3DS's beats that by some margin. Don't know who got half a Wii though.
Anyway this is all well and good but the Wii didn't need a stonking great price cut to sell that many in 9 months so its not the best comparison.
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Nicholas Lovell Founder, Gamesbrief7 years ago
I read it as being rebased. i.e. 3DS sold more in its first 9 months than the Wii did in its first nine months. It's a standard analyst comparison
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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University7 years ago
Wii sold 4.5 million across the 12 months of 2011. 3DS hit 4 million during its first 9 months on sale, meaning its sales pace is faster than the Wii's first 9 months.
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Doesn't make much sense to me: the 3DS sold 4m in *Japan* this year. Lifetime sales (i.e. roughly the last 12 months) would have to be in the 10-15m region?

Where did the facts for this article come from?
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 7 years ago
@ Michael

I think this is US-only, as I read the same story albeit with more detail on Eurogamer last night. But yeah; it's definitely lacking a bit of detail to clarify what exactly these figures represent.
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Jukka Kauppinen Editor, Mediapalvelut7 years ago
This piece is from Nintendo US' press release. The original wording:

"Nintendo sold more than 12 million total hardware units in the United States in 2011, marking the fifth year in a row that the company has accomplished that feat. This includes more than 4.5 million units of Wii, more than 4 million Nintendo 3DS systems, and more than 3.4 million units of the Nintendo DS™ family of systems. This brings the installed base for Wii and Nintendo DS to 39 million and more than 51 million, respectively."
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@Terence: Right, thanks for clearing that up ;). It would be good if the initial story was amended to mention US somewhere... (its extra confusing, given that Japan sales are also 4m).
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