Nintendo 3DS crosses 10 million units sold in Japan

The lifetime sales of Nintendo's portable reach a new milestone

Nintendo's 3DS has sold more than 10 million systems in Japan, according to Japanese publication Famitsu. The exact total came to 10,068,192 units as of January 2, 2013. The 3DS took 98 weeks to reach the milestone, versus the Nintendo DS Lite which only needed 61 weeks.

The previous numbers from Famitsu (via NeoGAF) showed the 3DS selling 266,790 units from December 24 to December 30. Famitsu attributes the current rise in 3DS sales to Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which was released on November 8 in Japan.

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Given the slow start this is an excellent milestone. Now if only Europe and the us matched these sales.

2013 is going to be massive too: mh4 luigis dq and now Pokemon. Can a Zelda join the group?
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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University5 years ago
Michael, I think that globally, Animal Crossing is a bigger deal than either Monster Hunter, Luigi or Dragon Quest. It's already been a huge success--digitally and at retail--in Japan. That and Pokemon may be enough to give 3DS a huge shot in the arm in the West, and may help older titles such as Mario Kart attach onto more new owners, but I'd like to see more sustained, consistent support. March/April are very good for 3DS owners, but then there's a huge gap until Pokemon, with the assumption Animal Crossing will hit sometime between April and October. I'd also guess November/December this year as the window for a new Zelda game.
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Historically, Animal Crossing is much bigger in Japan than the rest of the world - but I'm sure they were caught out by the sales they got. Its close to 2.5m retail + 500k digital already.

Japan has already had Fire Emblem released, which is one I am looking forward to.

Don't under estimate MH4, especially in Japan - MH3 is the title that single-handedly saved the PSP.

There is also a Castlevania, new Layton, and a few other things also coming.
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Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University5 years ago
Michael, the last portable Animal Crossing sold 12 million copies globally, and 7 million of those copies were between the US and Europe. Not quite as big as Japan, but any multi-million selling franchise exclusive is a welcome boost for 3DS, and potentially, a bigger Western sales success than any other 3DS exclusive bar Pokemon this year.
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