Nintendo 2011 sales milestones includes 4 million 3DS systems sold in USA


There’s been a lot of talk of 3DS sales lately, as the last few weeks in Japan it's been hitting record high system and software sales and simultaneously overshadowing the PS Vita's launch. Dissecting weekly Japanese sales charts is fun and all, but just how’s the system doing in this hemisphere? Today Nintendo of America released some sales info for the year, including that the 3DS passed the 4 million sales mark last month, along with big sales for Mario and Zelda titles.


On top of the 4 million 3DSs sold in the US, Americans also purchased 3.4 million DSs and around 4.5 million Wiis, meaning Nintendo sold 12 million total systems in the US this year, which is quite a number. As for software, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land became the first 3DS games to each sell a million copies in the US, while Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword became the 45th Wii title to break a million copies in the States. Meanwhile, the seemingly unstoppable Mario Kart Wii passed 11 million US sales over the holidays, and evergreen DS hit New Super Mario Bros passed 10,000,000 copies, proving both titles are basically unkillable.


After hitting such sales lows earlier this year, Nintendo really bounced back in the holidays, but it’s not all clear skies from here on out. It’s yet to be seen if the company can keep this momentum going for the 3DS in the new year, and on top of that they have to launch the Wii U, which has already faced a bumpy road since its announcement at E3. Can these same sales be repeated by the end of 2012?

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  • shawksta - January 3, 2012 2:05 p.m.

    we still got Kid Icarus, Weegee's Mansion 2, Paper Mario, and god knows what else.
  • joemama - January 3, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    lol I baught 3 3ds on boxing day to replace the first 2 I got at launch that broke and a red one i must be crazy. But there is a slight difference in the 3 new ones compared to when they first launch.
  • MetroidPrimeRib - January 3, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    Still no games though Remakes don't count as games I've already bought these twice Nintendo where are your new IPs
  • LegendofZenda - January 3, 2012 1:55 p.m.

    Then you could always shut up and buy them three times. I already bought them twice. What are you telling Nintendo when you buy the same game twice over? :D
  • shawksta - January 3, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    Wow, nice way to Mention remakes that arnt even mentioned in this article, good job genius, can you fail anymore? Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 are real games you know. Also, Pushmo said Hi . Also Sakura Samurai,Kid Icarus Uprising and Dillons Rolling Western said Hi, thats 4 IP's, your arguments invalid.
  • MetroidPrimeRib - January 3, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    Sakura Samurai looks interesting but Kid Icarus isn't an original IP they've had 3 games before Uprising.
  • WTeen8 - January 3, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    uhh...I'm pretty sure there were only 2, the original, and the gameboy sequel. And those were both in the late 80's early 90's, I'd say it works out fine. And I believe Pushmo and Dillion are still there as well.
  • gopikmin - January 3, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    they could sell Uprising as an original IP since it is a complete reinvention of the series but that would cost it sales from the nostalgia factor. the nostalgia factor is what chiefly prevents new major original IPs from Nintendo. Also it hard to come up with original stuff these days and risks cannot be taken considering their losses.
  • MetroidPrimeRib - January 3, 2012 3:45 p.m.

    That's not what an IP is
  • shawksta - January 3, 2012 4:08 p.m.

    Its technically something new cause it just holds the kid icarus name, otherwise it has NOTHING to do with the series. Also, nintendo makes new series/rebirths, people just ignore them and act like they didnt do anything new, we got Elite Beat Agents, Rhythme heaven, Hotel Dusk, Xeboblade, Sin and Punishment, Oeudan,Advance wars, that girl with the drill body suit, and so on.
  • talleyXIV - January 3, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    Your name just made me think, "When the hell is Pikmin 3 coming out? Why is there no Pikmin for 3DS or DS? Why has this not happened!?"
  • shawksta - January 3, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    Thats true, but Uprising is nothing like Kid Icarus, not even a rebirth, its something completely different with the name, so either way, its something new.
  • talleyXIV - January 3, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    This game below owned you. I bet you don't even own a 3DS and you are just mad that you can't get one so you are trying to console yourself. "I want a 3DS! ): Don't be sad myself, there are no games for it anyway!"
  • talleyXIV - January 3, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    This guy below owned you. I bet you don't even own a 3DS and you are just mad that you can't get one so you are trying to console yourself. "I want a 3DS! ): Don't be sad myself, there are no games for it anyway!"
  • MetroidPrimeRib - January 3, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    Why are there so many redditfags here
  • LegendofZenda - January 3, 2012 8:43 p.m.

    Yeah I would rather have quality gentlemen like yourself who call other people fags then redditors. Y U so intolerant??!!
  • MetroidPrimeRib - January 4, 2012 12:47 p.m.

  • codystovall - January 3, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    I may get one soon, maybe march when icarus comes out. Still dont know whether to get red or blue.

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