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April 2013 NPD: Nintendo responds with exciting 3DS and Wii U release slate

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Following on from The NPD Group’s sales report for the US videogame industry in April 2013, Nintendo has responded by noting a 52 percent increase in revenue for its line-up of first party 3DS software so far this year, with 2.1 million units sold in the US in 18 weeks. By comparison, it took 30 weeks for Nintendo to sell a comparable amount of first party 3DS games in 2012.

“With the peak holiday selling season still ahead and a strong line-up of upcoming games,” Nintendo writes, the 3DS is poised “to have the strongest year of sales in its history,” with games like Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on May 24th, Animal Crossing: New Leaf on June 9th, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team on August 11th, “as well as new titles in the Pokémon, Mario Golf and Legend of Zelda franchises” all mentioned.

Nintendo Sales highlights:

  • LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins sold nearly 94,000 combined physical and digital copies after launching on April 24.
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon sold more than 140,000 combined physical and digital units in April and has now sold more than 530,000 total units to date.
  • In its sixth month on the market, New Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U system increased its lifetime sales total to nearly 770,000 combined physical and digital units.

“During the next several months,” says Nintendo, “a cavalcade of fan-favorite franchises will launch for Wii U. This includes Game & Wario on June 23, Pikmin 3 on Aug. 4, Disney’s Planes from Disney Interactive on Aug. 6 and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist from Ubisoft on Aug. 20″

Nintendo reminds us that the company will be showcasing upcoming Wii U games at E3 in June this year, including new games in the Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros. franchises.

Will Nintendo be able to reverse the perception (and sales fortunes) of the Wii U and improve 3DS sales in the West thanks to its showing at E3 this year?



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