November 2013 NPD: Nintendo responds with strong 3DS sales and quality software

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On the back of The NPD Group’s sales report for the month of November 2013 in the US, the top three console manufacturers have responded to the data with their own statements – here is Nintendo’s response.


In the midst of new console launches on the part of Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo has announced impressive figures of its own noting that for the month of November 2013 the company’s hardware sales increased by 100 percent in the US compared to October.

The Nintendo 3DS has additionally reached a whopping 10.5 million units sold in the region thanks to the just-as-incredible number of handhelds sold during the month – 770 000 units – on the back of incredibly strong games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Pokemon X and Y, and other first-party offerings.

Here’s where Nintendo’s 3DS and its games made a mark this past month in the US:

- Pokémon X and Pokémon Y each sold more than 225 000 combined digital and physical units in their second month on the market. This brought the combined life-to-date total to more than 2.35 million units.

- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the sixth Nintendo 3DS title to have a Metacritic score of 90 or higher, sold more than 280 000 combined digital and physical units. That figure jumps to more than 405 000 total units when including the special edition Zelda-themed Nintendo 3DS XL system, which comes with a code to download the game.

- A handful of first-party Nintendo 3DS titles saw triple-digit sales percentage increases in November over sales in October. This includes stand-out 2013 titles such as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (seventh month on market; 140 percent increase) and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (ninth month; 105 percent increase), and legacy titles such as Paper Mario: Sticker Star (13th month; 280 percent increase), Mario Kart 7 (23rd month; 130 percent increase) and Super Mario 3D Land (24th month; 235 percent increase).

And the Other One?

But what about the Wii U? Here’s Nintendo’s statistics magic again:

- Sales of Wii U hardware increased by more than 340 percent over sales in October.

- Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, currently the highest-rated next-generation title with a Metacritic score of 94, sold more than 215 000 combined digital and physical units in its first eight days on the market.

Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, Scott Moffitt, rounded out the press release thus:

“This holiday season, Nintendo is offering an unparalleled combination of value and variety,” said “In looking at these results, two things are indisputable: Our hardware is gaining momentum at the exact right time and our software catalog is stronger than ever.”

What do you make of the latest sales results in the US? Here’s what the platform holders have to say:

- November 2013 NPD: Microsoft responds touting Xbox One ‘fastest-seller’ status

- November 2013 NPD: Sony responds with celebratory PS4 video marking biggest launch of all time

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