Nintendo 3DS game system gets momentum in US

Jan 03, 2012
Nintendo's handheld game console 3DS and its game titles are displayed at a Tokyo electric shop in 2001. Nintendo on Tuesday announced that it sold more than four million of its 3DS handheld videogame gadgets in the United States by end of 2011.

Nintendo on Tuesday announced that it sold more than four million of its sophisticated 3DS handheld videogame gadgets in the United States by end of 2011.

Consumers also snapped up versions of beloved "Mario" franchise videogames tailored for the handsets, which feature 3-D graphics without need of special glasses.

The Japanese videogame titan said that it sold more than a million copies each of "Super Mario 3D Land" and "Mario Kart 7" in the United States for play on 3DS devices.

"One of the strongest software lineups in our history helped Nintendo have a great holiday season and to close 2011 with a full head of steam," said Nintendo of America executive vice president of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt.

"The prospects for 2012 are extremely promising," he added.

Nintendo cut the price of 3DS devices by $80 to $170 shortly after its release last year, due to sluggish sales.

Trends toward enjoying mobile games on smartphones or have made it tougher to sell designed exclusively for videogame play.

US sales of Nintendo's Wii hit 4.5 million units in 2011 despite the promise of an enhanced successor, the Wii U, on the horizon.

Wii U consoles, which enhance motion-sensing wand play with tablet controllers, are to be shown off at an extravaganza in Los Angeles in June.

By the end of 2011, "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" became the 45th title to sell more than a million copies in the United States, according to Nintendo.

Explore further: EU Parliament votes to break up Google

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Microsoft to launch Kinect in Japan in November

Sep 08, 2010

Microsoft's long-awaited Kinect motion-sensing system for the Xbox 360 videogame console will hit the Japanese market in November, the company said Wednesday, as competition in the sector heats up.

Nintendo says 3DS sales weaker than expected

Apr 26, 2011

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said Tuesday sales of its new 3DS handheld game player had been weaker than expected in the US and Europe, as well as in Japan where the quake hit consumer sentiment.

Recommended for you

EU Parliament votes to break up Google

17 hours ago

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly for the break-up of Google Thursday in a largely symbolic vote that nevertheless cast another blow in the four-year standoff between Brussels and the US Internet ...

Toyota finds new air bag issue, recalls more cars

22 hours ago

Toyota Motor Corp. recalled more than 40,000 vehicles in Japan on Thursday as part of a worldwide scare over defective air bags and is investigating a new type of air bag problem that could lead to further recalls.

Netflix sues Yahoo CIO for alleged kickbacks

Nov 26, 2014

Netflix is suing a former company vice president who is now chief information officer at Yahoo, accusing him of receiving money from vendors he hired to work with the video streaming company.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

btb101
not rated yet Jan 03, 2012
did they also say that the 3ds is the most returned console in history of gaming. or that after 30 mins of playing most adults feel eyestrain sickness?
that anyone under the age of 7 is not recommended to own one?

also 4 million consols in a country that has over 100 million potential gamers is not really a good sales figure...

my advice is.. try before you buy because you cannot take any played games back with the console either...

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.