Top 10 Best-Selling Nintendo 3DS Games in 2016

Top 10 Best-Selling Nintendo 3DS Games in 2016 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 February 2017 / 88,124 Views

Today we take a look at the top 10 best-selling Nintendo 3DS games in 2016. This series of articles will be taking a look at the top 10 best-selling games in 2016 by platform. Previously, we have looked at the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

The Nintendo 3DS in 2016 sold an estimated 7.03 million units, a four percent decrease year-over-year, to bring its lifetime sales to 63.33 million units. 51.74 million games were sold at retail on the Nintendo 3DS in 2016 and has now sold 276.55 million games lifetime.


The Nintendo 3DS proved most successful in USA, however, it also sold well in Europe and Japan. It sold 2.39 million units in the US, 2.09 million units in Europe, and 1.93 million units in Japan. 

Eight games for the console in 2016 managed to sell over one million units and 21 games sold more than 500,000 units. Below we've compiled a list of the 10 best-selling Nintendo 3DS games:

10th. Monster Hunter X - 0.86 Million


9th. Yokai Watch - 0.88 million


8th. Kirby: Planet Robobot - 1.08 million


7th. Fire Emblem Fates: Black Kingdom/White Kingdom - 1.39 Million


6th. Yokai Watch 3 - 1.41 Million


5th. Mario Kart 7 - 1.53 Million


4th. Pokemon X/Y - 1.64 Million


3rd. Super Mario Maker on Nintendo 3DS - 1.93 Million


2nd. Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire - 2.14 Million


1st. Pokemon Sun/Moon - 12.03 Million


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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willians1900 (on 10 February 2017)

Pokemon >>>>>>>>>> all games for nintendo

Jranation (on 10 February 2017)

It will be the savior for the Switch!

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Goodnightmoon (on 10 February 2017)

Quite an exaggeration when there are 3 Mario games and 1 Animal Crossing game tah cross the 10 million mark on 3DS.

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NateH (on 10 February 2017)

The official best-selling 3DS list from Nintendo already has Sun/Moon at #3, having sold 14.69 million worldwide as of December 31, 2016. It's right on Mario Kart 7's heels for #2, and that game was released in 2011.

IkePoR (on 10 February 2017)

The little handheld that could. The software numbers are crazy.

pray4mojo (on 11 February 2017)

The power of Pokemon Go to be an ad for the real games was greatly underestimated.

Rogerioandrade (on 13 February 2017)

Nice chart, but I´m sure some of those games sold well on digital format too

Poliwrathlord (on 11 February 2017)

2016 was a great year for 3ds

zwei (on 11 February 2017)

1 third party at 10th

Flilix (on 11 February 2017)

The Yo-Kai Watch games are mostly 3rd party too.

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Darwinianevolution (on 10 February 2017)

I knew Sun/Moon would be the best selling 3DS game in 2016, but it sold way faster than I expected. Also, out of the top 10 there are 5 "catch 'em all" kinda games, six if we count Monster Hunter. Why isn't this genre getting more franchises back into the fray?

GhaudePhaede010 (on 10 February 2017)

Monster Hunter does not count. It is not a, "catch em all" game in the least.

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willians1900 (on 10 February 2017)

Pokemon >>>>>>>>>> all games for nintendo

fluky-nintendy (on 10 February 2017)

So basically without Pokemon or Mario, Nintendo is very niche.

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Flilix (on 10 February 2017)

Only this year, but they have had enough other popular games for 3DS (Animal Crossing, Smash Bros, Tomodachi Life, Zelda...).

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KLAMarine (on 10 February 2017)

Sometimes niche means a better game.

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pray4mojo (on 11 February 2017)

As niche as anyone else when removing their best selling games.

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fluky-nintendy (on 12 February 2017)

Yikes so many triggered by me stating the truth xD That's why america doesnt like Trump

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