Nintendo: “3DS is a powerhouse,” hardware sales rocket in 2013 in the US

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Proving out the long-held theory that great games will sell consoles in the long run, Nintendo has announced that sales of the company’s 3DS handheld rocketed by 45 percent year-over-year in the US in 2013.


The sales boost helped the 3DS pass 11.5 million units sold in the US life-to-date, due at least in part to the release of a stellar line-up of games in 2013 including The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Pokemon X and Y, amongst others.

Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt, commented on the sales success:

“Nintendo 3DS is a powerhouse with games and experiences that appeal to all kinds of players. We’re not slowing down in 2014. With more games featuring fan-favorite franchises on the way, the best days of Nintendo 3DS are still to come.”

Here are a few more numbers to solidify just how great of a year the 3DS had in the US over the course of 2013:

– More than 16 million combined packaged and digital Nintendo 3DS games were sold in 2013, an increase of more than 45 percent over 2012’s Nintendo 3DS game sales.
– The Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems, which also includes Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS, has crossed lifetime hardware sales of more than 11.5 million in the United States alone.
– Seven Nintendo 3DS games that launched in 2013 have a Metacritic score of 85 or higher, including two games at 90+ (The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Fire Emblem Awakening).

Have you got a 3DS? Tempted to get one?

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