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Nintendo 3DS sells 4.5 million units in U.S. during first year
Nintendo 3DS sells 4.5 million units in U.S. during first year
March 6, 2012 | By Mike Rose

March 6, 2012 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo's handheld 3DS console has sold over 4.5 million units in the U.S. during its first year on sale, the company confirmed today.

The Nintendo 3DS launched in the U.S. on March 27, 2011, and has managed to surpass the 4.5 million sold figure in just less than 12 months -- nearly twice as many units as the original Nintendo DS managed in its first year on sale.

The stereoscopic 3D console got off to a rocky start when it was first released, but a price cut during the summer, along with a string of big-name releases such as Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, helped sales of the console rocket.

It eventually went on to surpass first-year sales of the Nintendo DS -- currently the best-selling video game console ever -- in just eight months.

Nintendo also noted that over 9 million 3DS software units have been sold in the U.S. to date, while overall sales from 3DS hardware, software and accessories have now surpassed $1.2 billion in the U.S..

The company already revealed last month that the 3DS has sold 5 million units in Japan, taking exactly 52 weeks to do so.

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Bob Johnson
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Hard to believe the DS sold half as many units in its first year.

It's 3DS is doing much better in Japan considering the market is a fraction of the US market and sales are slightly higher.

Nintendo has stated many times previously that the US market generally follows what happens in the Japan market. So maybe US market will pickup down the road.

On the other hand the 3DS in Japan has Monster Hunter which is a big hit there and not in the US market. Also get the feeling that the 3DS in Japan has better software support right now than in the US.

Marcus Miller
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I'm just waiting for Advance Wars 3DS before I buy one.

Carl Chavez
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The discounts are getting ridiculously good as well. I finally picked up a 3DS last weekend after discovering I could get one for only $109 after sales ($149.99 new) - rebates ($20 in Canada until April) - store specials ($25 credit equivalent at the store for a transaction > $75).

Harry Fields
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Im still blissfully playing MK7. Best of series, in my opinion.

Joe Zachery
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Software will always be the key for Nintendo. If they get their games out people will buy their consoles. Also I hoped the learned to make sure gaming devices have prices that reflects that. I don't care what else it does if it's a gaming device. It better not cost more that a home console or half of an Tablet. When you charge those kind of prices people will really start to wonder if they really need it.

David Holmin
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Looks like a bright future for the console. Now give us Metroid Dread in hi-res 2D and I'll buy a 3DS in a flash.