Mar 6, 2012

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3DS Sells 4.5 M in the US in First Year

3DS Sells 4.5 M in the US in First Year

Although the recently launched Vita is still fresh in our minds, the end of this month marks the first-year anniversary of the 3DS. To celebrate, Nintendo has released some sales figures and milestones for their new handheld, including a pretty surprising figure: in its first twelve  months, the Nintendo 3DS has sold 4.5 million units in the US alone. This does not include the rest of North America or anywhere else in the world. Considering how the 3DS got off to a rocky start, those are some pretty impressive numbers: for comparison, the DS sold only 2.3 million its first US year.

Some of the milestones achieved by Nintendo 3DS in its first year include:

  • March 27, 2011: Nintendo 3DS ushers in a new era of gaming with glasses-free 3D. Launch-day sales are the strongest in Nintendo’s history.
  • June 2011: The Nintendo eShop launches, letting users preview, try and buy new and classic games, download applications and watch 3D movie trailers.
  • June 2011: Link makes his first appearance in 3D with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which is still the best-reviewed game for Nintendo 3DS.
  • Summer 2011:Nintendo 3DS adds two video services:
    • Netflix unlimited streaming members can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes and movies.
    • Nintendo Video automatically delivers hand-picked 3D content from leading sites and artists.
  • October 2011: After only eight months, Nintendo 3DS surpasses first-year sales of Nintendo DS, the best-selling video game system in history.
  • Fall 2011:Mario jumps into 3D with two new games, each becoming the fastest-selling titles in their franchises’ history:
    • Nov. 13, 2011: Super Mario 3D Land – 1.75 million copies sold to date
    • Dec. 4, 2011: Mario Kart 7 – 1.45 million copies sold to date
  • December 2011: Users can now record up to 10 minutes of 3D videoand stop-motion animation.
  • December 2011: Nintendo 3DS crosses 4 million units sold, passing the record pace set by the Wii.
  • Feb. 22, 2012: Dillon’s Rolling Western launches for the Nintendo eShop, joining hot titles Pushmo and Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive!
  • March 23, 2012: Nintendo 3DS closes its first year with the launch of Kid Icarus: Uprising, the first original entrant in the series in more than 20 years.

These figures are pretty impressive, and largely have to do with the great fourth quarter Nintendo had last year, with sales propelled by great bundles and the release of Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.

What I’d like to know is what the turnaround rate for 3DSes is.  I know several people I’ve spoken to (both friends and employees of various electronics and gaming stores) actually sold or traded their 3DS so they could purchase a Vita. I personally kept mine, but I definitely don’t play it as much as my Vita, and I know in general I plan on buying the Vita version over the 3DS version when applicable.

What about you? If you had a 3DS, did you sell or trade it in order to buy a Vita, or are you holding out for big releases like Kid Icarus? Let us know in the comments.

[Source: Nintendo]