Nintendo 3DS, which lets users see 3D images without the need for special glasses, has now sold more than 5.4 million units in North America, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States and Canada. With Nintendo 3DS XL, which features 90 percent larger screens, and New Super Mario Bros. 2 both launching on Aug. 19, and a holiday lineup that sees the Luigi’s Mansion and Paper Mario franchises make their hand-held debuts, the system’s momentum should continue through 2012 and beyond.
“Nintendo 3DS is entering the next phase of its life cycle with new hardware, new games and proven franchises. This milestone shows we’ve got a great foundation to build from,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice president and general manager. “The game lineup for Nintendo 3DS last holiday season was one of the strongest in our history. We’re poised to top it this year. Every week, gamers will have the best franchises in the world in a glasses-free 3D experience that can’t be found anywhere else. Add Wii U into the mix and it’s a great time to be a Nintendo fan.”
Other Nintendo (North American) milestones achieved in June include:
· The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D became the third Nintendo 3DS title to sell more than 1 million units, joining Super Mario 3D Land (2.2 million units sold life to date) and Mario Kart 7 (1.9 million units sold life to date).
· Nintendo sold more than 438,000 total hardware units in North America in June and saw double-digit growth across each of its product lines compared to May. This includes more than 169,000 Nintendo 3DS systems, more than 164,000 units of the Nintendo DS family of systems and more than 100,000 Wii consoles.
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Note that all data referenced in this document is from The NPD Group’s June report and is for Canada and the United States only as numbers have been combined.