3DS Tops 10m Units Globally Through December 10, 2011 - NewsVGChartz Staff , posted on 17 December 2011 / 6,215 Views
After launching in late February in Japan and late March in the West, Nintendo's 3DS has topped 10m units globally through the first full week of December 2011.
Through December 10, 2011, global 3DS sales are in fact just over 11m units. The system has been available for 37 weeks in the US, 38 weeks in Europe, and 42 weeks in Japan. If we used those same number of weeks by region for other platforms over the last decade, we can see that 3DS has been performing rather well since its price cut, although even with the cut the launch pace is still not quite historically fast. Figures below are aligned sales in the same number of weeks 3DS has been available from launch.
US Japan Europe US + JP + EU Total
3DS 3.52m 3.24m 3.00m 9.76m
Wii 3.72m 3.55m 2.88m 10.15m
PS3 1.57m 1.15m 2.60m 5.32m
X360 2.12m 0.16m 1.34m 3.62m
DS 2.07m 3.13m 2.17m 7.37m
PSP 2.63m 1.86m 3.90m 8.39m
PS2 3.20m 3.41m 2.65m 9.26m
In the same amount of time 3DS has been available, Wii (US / JP), and PSP (Europe) sold faster from launch. For the three regions combined, PS2 and Wii are a very similar pace as 3DS, with DS and PSP not too far below 3DS. The PS3 and X360 in contrast sold far less than 3DS initially.
It will be interesting to see how close Nintendo comes to its forecast goal of 16m units for the fiscal year, as it would involve shipping nearly 20m 3DS systems lifetime through March 2012 - and the system is only likely around ~12m shipped with just two major weeks left before the Western sales rush ends.
Contact VGChartz at email@example.com