215,000 3DS sold in Japan just days after price cut


After last week’s price drop, the Nintendo 3DS had its highest sales in Japan since February 26 and 27, the weekend it launched. The device sold 214,821 units between August 8 and 14 according to data released Tuesday by game magazine publisher Enterbrain Inc. The price drop went into effect on the August 11, knocking the Japanese retail cost from 25,000 to 15,000 yen (in the US the price went from $249.99 to $169.99 on August 12).

This is the first time Nintendo has lowered the price of a gaming system within the first six months of the device’s release, and the move has given the system’s sales a tremendous boost. Total sales have reached 1,521,326 units, as of August 14. The week before the cut went into effect, the 3DS only sold 32,381 units in Japan, despite a set of 20 free games being offered to consumers who picked up the system and logged into the e-shop before the new price went into effect. Will US sales show a similar increase?

Aug 16, 2011

Source: Andriasang



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  • UsernameLoser - August 18, 2011 5:21 a.m.

    @BackwaterRifle Yes, ALWAYS. I feel like GR hasn't banned hime/her just to piss us off. I get pissed off that he/she types in spanzas, but I also get pissed because his/her username reminds me of Burger King.
  • UsernameLoser - August 18, 2011 5:18 a.m.

    Whoever came up with making the 3DS $270(tax included) has now most likely been exiled to the Underworld. Basically, killed.
  • shadowreaper72 - August 17, 2011 3:30 a.m.

    Still dosent mean shit until Nintendo actually gets some games worth playing on the 3ds. Meanwhile my money is definetly going to the Vita on launch day.
  • D0CCON - August 17, 2011 3:29 a.m.

    This also helps fix that issue of no games being made because not enough people own the system because no games are being made. I think this holiday season will be good to the 3DS.
  • BackwaterRifle - August 17, 2011 3:01 a.m.

    I am also gonna stand on my belief that when everything is said and done the 3DS will be the better than Vita, this is Nintendo, and when it has come to handhelds in the past they have done the best. You have to give them the benefit of the doubt. Also why does BudKingBud speak in stanza's?
  • Errrrbo - August 17, 2011 2:21 a.m.

    Too bad the software lineup is still incredibly weak. I do hope Tales of the Abyss sells well, though.
  • codystovall - August 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.

    Is it going to stay this price?
  • D0CCON - August 17, 2011 1:15 a.m.

    @TheBrownestWRPGuknow Damn straight. I don't see myself getting Vita (I didn't see myself getting a 3DS either until a good deal popped up), but I'm still waiting for Vita to come out. That should make both parties give it there all, hopefully that'll be enough to stem the tide of smartphone gaming (I'm fine with it, but I don't want gaming handhelds to die!)
  • TheBrownestWRPGuknow - August 17, 2011 12:37 a.m.

    i'm a big nintendo fan, but i'm also a realist, and a fan of gaming in general. I believe even if the vita does better in terms of sales, (which, it's looking damn sexy so far), it'll hopefully only drive nintendo to come out and further please their loyal fans.. i LOVED (still do) my psp, and though it was a graphical powerhouse in comparison to the DS, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who agreed it had a better rounded library than the ds. that being said, the second analog stick bring up so many possibilities and i can NOT wait until this handheld war stats going. sure the 3ds is having some trouble right now, but going on nintendo's handheld track record, i don;t once regret buying 3ds on launch day, and i know there are much greener pastures ahead. we're talking about both these handhelds having a 5-7 life cycle. as a consumer and gamer, nothing is better for us than two platforms vying for the spotlight.
  • gibberish - August 17, 2011 12:30 a.m.

    Already have a DS. Not worth the upgrade, whatever the price is.
  • call_me_curtis - August 17, 2011 12:25 a.m.

    3DS = Awesome. Best handheld Ive ever owned, hands down.
  • TheDigitalG - August 17, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    Not really, I just think people aren't willing to spend that amount on a portable gaming device, especially with smart phones to every other person (and YES there are deep games on phones, any saying otherwise really needs to delve into their app store). Besides, I'm still stinging from my PSP!
  • SteampunkJim - August 17, 2011 12:22 a.m.

    Smooth move, Nintendo. Smooth move.
  • Pocotron - August 17, 2011 12:18 a.m.

    @TheDigitalG The Vita isn't even out. Before you can say anything about something, it first needs to be available to the mass public.
  • TheDigitalG - August 17, 2011 12:15 a.m.

    I stand by my claims of 3DS winning the handheld war with Vita. When will we find out the US sales?
  • Tunkymunky - August 17, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    Now we just need some games to come out!

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