3DS Surpasses DS American 1st Year Sales Figures In 8 Months

Nintendo’s top brass must be patting each other on the back continuously at the moment with the news that the 3DS has managed to top the original DS’s 1st year sales figures in a mere 8 months – in North America.

That’s according to Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, who spoke to Time magazine:


“In sales through this past Saturday – 8 months – it has outsold the full 12 months of the original DS. During that 12 months time, the original DS sold 2.37 million and we just surpassed that this past Saturday, so we’ve got real good momentum going into the holidays.”

2.37 million units sold in eight months is none too shabby, especially for a console many people believe is doomed to failure.

The recent release of titles such as Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario Land 3D will no doubt see that figure swell larger in the run up to Christmas and with big profile games such as Resi Revelations and Kid Icarus coming next year, it seems like 2012 could be a good year for the console as well.

Source: Time



  1. Not such a failure after all then. I’m surprised – well done Nintendo…

  2. I’m not surprised, especially if this is based on sales when the DS first came out; the market for such a handheld was expanded exponentially by the DS over its life span and several revisions, and all those that bought a DS or three would be much more aware of the 3DS being available. I’d like to see a comparison of sales between the GBA > DS transition and the DS > 3DS one, might paint a more honest picture for the shareholders.

  3. How many of those have been traded in or sold on? My missus, sister and some friends have all had one and either traded it in or sold it on eBay.

    • Does it really matter? They are only counting new purchases so the figure would stay the same no matter what happened to those handhelds.

      • Good point, although if many people are trading them in due to being dissatisfied with it that also isn’t good for Nintendo in the long run.

      • It’s not like they’re incinerating handhelds that were traded in. Other people will buy them second hand and buy more games. It’s no different from any other console.

  4. The original DS didn’t sell so well as far as I remember. The DS Light really got the whole DS rage going.

    • Yep exactly. Now watch as sales REALLY grow whenever they release the dual analog stick (or pad whatever they call it) version.

  5. This doesn’t really mean much, but pay Nintendo’s PR reps an extra bonus this Christmas for making it sound so good! The original DS didn’t sell to well if I remember correctly, comprehensively thrashed by the PSP………it’s the DS Lite that is the yardstick.

  6. Meh. Compare it t the DSi.

  7. i’d like to get a 3ds one day, but there are just too many issues with the launch model for me.

    no second analog control, and the screen is bloody tiny.

    the 3d does work pretty well from what i’ve seen, but i could see it giving me serious eye strain if i tried using it for prolonged periods.

    good news for nintendo on those number though.
    of course you have to remember that when a company puts out a press release like this that only talks about one region, it’s usually because the numbers from the other regions are pretty bad.
    well that’s how it works with ms anyway.

    nintendo america, and Reggie especially, have come across a little big headed lately in my opinion.

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