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3DS Sales Top an Estimated 70 Million Units Worldwide

3DS Sales Top an Estimated 70 Million Units Worldwide - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 12 January 2018 / 10,386 Views

Nintendo's eighth generation handheld, the 3DS, has surpassed 70 million units sold worldwide, according to our estimates for the week ending December 23.

The console sold 395,890 units to bring its lifetime sales to 70,198,314 units. There have also been 302,089,104 games sold for the Nintendo 3DS at retail worldwide through November 18.


Looking at the software sales for the Nintendo 3DS worldwide: Seven game have sold more than 10 million units; 11 games have sold more than five million units; and 38 games have sold more than one million units.

Pokemon X and Y is the top selling Nintendo 3DS game at retail with an estimated 16.13 million units sold. Pokemon Sun and Moon has sold 14.76 million units and Mario Kart 7 has sold 14.18 million units. 

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire has sold 12.64 million units, Super Mario 3D Land has sold 11.08 million units, New Super Mario Bros. 2 has sold 10.72 million units and Animal Crossing: New Leaf has sold 10.21 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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PAOerfulone (on 12 January 2018)

Congrats to the 3DS!
Now, we wait for official shipment numbers from Nintendo themselves.
I still think it may have a chance reach 80 million shipped.

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SuperNova PAOerfulone (on 12 January 2018)

I think 80 might be a tall order, considering it's entering it's eighth year and support is winding down. I'd love to see it though, the 3DS has had great legs.

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PortisheadBiscuit PAOerfulone (on 12 January 2018)

Would love to see it reach 80 million as well

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Johnw1104 PAOerfulone (on 12 January 2018)

Unless there's a bunch of unannounced games (which isn't impossible), 80 million seems tough. I think it's remarkable that the 3DS is even in the ballpark of the Gameboy Advance given the mobile era we're in, though!

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WoodenPints PAOerfulone (on 13 January 2018)

80m is definitely possible but might be slightly to high I'd say, 2017 will end up around 6.5m and I expect 2018 to be around the 4m mark followed by lower units sold in 19/20 before finishing up around 78m.

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Kristof81 PAOerfulone (on 13 January 2018)

Shipped, maybe. I recon 5M sold throughout 2018, discontinued in 2019

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DivinePaladin (on 12 January 2018)

Wow, congrats on ORAS for selling 412 million units! Lol

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trunkswd DivinePaladin (on 12 January 2018)

Typo has been fixed.

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DivinePaladin DivinePaladin (on 13 January 2018)

Mission accomplished!

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progstarmac (on 13 January 2018)

Pokemon is incredible popular! Great achivement for Nintendo

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CleggaZ (on 13 January 2018)

Well those are some hella amazeballs sales. I wonder where the 3ds finish at, when its all said and done.

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gigaSheik (on 14 January 2018)

It pales in comparisson to the original.

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