Big N’s glassless handheld tops all platforms for fourth straight month. First party software lead the charge.
It’s not all doom and gloom for Nintendo, as their 3DS handheld finished August as the best selling video game platform for the fourth consecutive month, the company announced this morning. Citing strong sales from recent releases like Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, to name a few, Big N reports 6.47 million 3DS units have been sold this year; which is an estimated 30% increase from this same time last year.
3DS’s steady sales are not only indicative of its viability within the handheld market, but of the consumer influence Nintendo commands when its first party lineup has a strong presence. The numbers don’t lie.
The following data is reflective of digital and physical unit sales for 2013:
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (released 8/11/13) - 190,000 units.
- Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (released 3/24/13) - 863,000 units.
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf (released 6/9/13) - 739,000 units.
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 (released 8/18/12) - 406,000 units.
- Fire Emblem Awakening (released 2/4/13) - 390,000 units.
- Mario Kart 7 (released 12/4/11) - 352,000 units.
- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (released 3/24/13) - 298,000 units.
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (released 5/24/13) - 268,000 units.
- Super Mario 3D Land (released 11/13/11) - 265,000 units.
- LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (released 4/21/13) - 264,000 units.
As the numbers illustrate, 9 of the 10 titles shown above have sold 250,000 units or more. M&LDT being the most recent first party game (released last month) selling nearly 200k units.
It wouldn’t be surprising if this trend kept up considering the Fall has Pokemon - X and Pokemon - Y dropping on Oct. 12th, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour on Nov. 22nd. Additionally, Nintendo’s new 2DS sku is slated to launch on Oct. 12th for $129.99. Needless to say, Big N has a strong Fall for the game industry and that’s never a bad thing.
Comparatively, the Wii U is preparing for a price drop of its own, followed by first party title releases to hit every month until the end of the year. If the 3DS’s success and Nintendo’s history are an indication of anything, it’s first party software sells, which in turn, moves hardware units. Despite the launches of Xbox One and PS4, Nintendo very much has a presence this Fall and holiday season.