3DS Tops 10m Units Globally Through December 10, 2011 - News

by VGChartz 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.

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spurgeonryan (on 17 December 2011)

They thought it was in trouble because it was in trouble bob. With all the new games Nintendo should be able to come through with their 16 million goal.

dark_gh0st_b0y (on 17 December 2011)

I was just playing Mario Kart 7, and I was wondering, is there a limit to what these people can do!? with so much creativity and imagination, and I don't think 3DS is going to stop big sales anytime soon

spurgeonryan (on 17 December 2011)

Mario Kart games have always done well! Mario Kart Wii just pushed 30 million and it took a long time. 3DS could have a hit for a while to come now.

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Michael-5 (on 18 December 2011)

Just wish Nintendo made more new IP's. The new games they make, even the niche ones are excellent. I mean in recent years, XenoBlade, Baten Kaitos, Pikmin, Wii Sports, Golden Sun, Advance Wars (US introduction), Fire Emblem (US introduction), Metroid Prime (big change), Super Smash Bros....well now it's getting old, but still. Great games, especially JRPG's

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sethnintendo (on 20 December 2011)

Don't forget about Battalion Wars and Sin & Punishment.

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NintendoPie (on 17 December 2011)

Awesome! I still don't know why people thought the 3DS wasn't doing well. They are obviously looking at the wrong numbers ;D

Michael-5 (on 17 December 2011)

Well it released at $250, and I doubt anyone expected a 30% price cut 4 months after release. At $250 it would not have done nearly as well.

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duckypwns (on 18 December 2011)

People just see whatever they want to see. The fact of the matter is the 3DS is selling very well. Doesn't matter what anyone WANTS to happen.

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pezus (on 17 December 2011)

PSP was once an absolute beast in Europe o.O

routsounmanman (on 18 December 2011)

I hope this last year has taught Nintendo what to do and what to avoid with the WiiU (God that's an awful name >_>)

bobgamez (on 17 December 2011)

Im really confused, how did anyone think it was in trouble? I mean the thing is selling better than what the PS2 did :/

DakonBlackblade (on 17 December 2011)

Because it had no games and the priccing was wrong, now that it has games and Nintendo fixed the price its not in trouble anymore.

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enrageorange (on 18 December 2011)

because at one point this year it was by far the lowest selling console on a weekly bases. Nintendo fixed that issue with the big price cut and steady stream of good games over the holidays.

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duckypwns (on 18 December 2011)

3DS is just looking better and better. Imagine how much cheaper it will be and how many games it will have by the time the Vita shows up. It's going to be hard for Sony.

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MARCUSDJACKSON (on 18 December 2011)

PSP did better then 360 in aligned launches, even though i can't support the theory of an aligned launch! that is interesting. it's also interesting to see PS3 leads 360 by just under 2m in an aligned first yr' launch. o yea' wii is king.

chuckyj1 (on 18 December 2011)

3DS was in big trouble...because Nintendo got greedy and over-priced their product...Remember it didn't start selling big numbers until the early and humbling price slash.

NintendoFanDj (on 18 December 2011)

Nintendo wasn't being greedy. It was the tech inside that increase the price and the 3d. Once Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D came out back in June sales started going up. Then it was the price cut.

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Michael-5 (on 17 December 2011)

To be fair, didn't the DS launch mid holiday (November)? It didn't get a chance to build up a library before it's first holiday period and it doesn't even get the whole holiday period. Still great sales, but let's see how well it continues to keep pace. Game variety looks amazing so far, wonder what JRPG's we will see on the 3DS.

Galaki (on 19 December 2011)

The $250 pricetag on the 3DS was actually the smaller problem for the system. It's the lack of games that was putting it in trouble.

kowenicki (on 18 December 2011)

Is the 3DS also the cheapest of all those consoles listed. Im sure it is in real terms.

Seece (on 18 December 2011)

Significantly cheaper than the home consoles were in their first 10 mill, so the comparison is deceiving.

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