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3DS Sales Top an Estimated 20 Million Units in the US

3DS Sales Top an Estimated 20 Million Units in the US - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 19 December 2017 / 8,422 Views

Nintendo's eighth generation handheld, the 3DS, has surpassed 20 million units sold in the US, according to our estimates. You can view the sales figure at the VGChartz USA Weekly Chart.

The Nintendo 3DS reached the milestone for the week ending November 4, 2017. The console sold 35,636 units to bring its lifetime sales to 20,025,292 units. There have also been 85,838,553 games sold for the Nintendo 3DS at retail in the US.


Looking at the software sales for the Nintendo 3DS in the US: Three game have sold more than five million units; nine games have sold more than two million units; and 12 games have sold more than one million units.

Pokemon Sun and Moon is the top selling Nintendo 3DS game at retail in the US with an estimated 5.31 million units sold. Pokemon X and Y has sold 5.13 million units and Mario Kart 7 has sold 5.08 million units. 

Super Mario 3D Land has sold 4.51 million units, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire has sold 4.31 million units, New Super Mario Bros. 2 has sold 3.41 million units and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has sold 3.19 million units.

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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Masked_Muchaco (on 19 December 2017)

Sales wise, the 3ds did almost equally as good in all big territories. That's very impressive.

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tak13 (on 19 December 2017)

Well done bro :) !

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tak13 (on 19 December 2017)

You omitted super Mario 3d land...

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trunkswd tak13 (on 19 December 2017)

You are right. I've added it in.

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DialgaMarine (on 19 December 2017)

85 million software seems like a very low attach ratio,

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AngryLittleAlchemist DialgaMarine (on 19 December 2017)

Generally speaking attach rates for handhelds are always much lower than consoles. Globally the handheld attach rates are about:

Gameboy = 4.22
Gameboy Advance = 4.63
DS = 6.15
PSP = 3.72
3DS = 4.97
PS Vita = 4.04

In comparison the NES sold almost as much software as the Gameboy (500.01 million for NES vs 501.11 million for Gameboy) despite the fact that it only had 52% of the Gameboy's sales (61.91 vs 118.69 mil). For a more modern comparison, Wii U's game attach rate is 7.43 and 3DS's is 4.97.

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