Here’s a shocker: Nintendo’s handheld is doing well in Japan. It seems like those who decided it was a failure amid a few slow weeks after launch and the knock it took thanks to the East Japan Earthquake were wrong to be so hasty. Nintendo has just released a graph showing that the 3DS is not only their best performing console over a year of sales, it’s the fastest selling console in Japan ever.
No doubt, the company is feeling pretty smug and this information’s timing couldn’t be more convenient to grab some attention just as Sony’s Vita launches in the west. Regardless, it’s a sign that all those “traditional handhelds are dead” naysayers might want to put down their iPhones for a minute and check out the graph below.
The data doesn’t cover western sales which we assume aren’t as demonstrably good as those in Japan but it still shows that the 3DS is doing very well in a key market.
Source: Nintendo Japan