First-Year Sales Of Nintendo 3DS Reach 4.5 Million In US

March 7, 2012

Nintendo announced Tuesday that its 3DS game system, launched in March of last year, has sold more than 4.5 million units in the US within its first year, reports Reuters.

The glasses-free 3D gaming system has managed to quickly outpace Nintendo´s original DS handheld–which sold 2.3 million its first year–by a long shot. In fact, it outsold the DS in just eight months.

Nintendo detailed its sales as $1.2 billion worth of games, hardware and accessories since the launch of the 3D gadget last year, despite having to cut its initial pricing by 30 percent soon after its release. That compares with $540 million in sales related to the DS in its first year in stores, reports Jacob Lopez for VentureBeat.

Scott Moffitt, Nintendo´s executive vice president of sales and marketing said in an interview with Reuters that Nintendo´s 3DS sales were within the company´s expectations. “We probably would have expected a different pathway than it did, but when you look back over the year, the system is delivering on its promises,” Moffitt said.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, confident as ever, did offer his statement via press release, saying “Nintendo 3DS closes its first year with a lengthy list of accomplishments but we´re still just scratching the surface . . .”

“With a massive lineup of first- and third-party games and more on the way, a budding library of entertainment options and an engaged and growing installed base, Nintendo 3DS has an incredibly bright future. We´re just getting started but this platform is built for the long haul.”

The 3D-platform enters its second year with an impressive lineup of games, including the recently launched Resident Evil Revelations from CAPCOM, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games published by SEGA, among other anticipated titles.

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Source: RedOrbit Staff & Wire Reports

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