Tue, Jul 31, 2012 | 12:45 BST
3DS XL smashes Japan, ‘no plans’ to release UK figures
Nintendo has announced that it has sold an estimated 200,000 3DS XL consoles in Japan since it launched two days ago, but there are no plans to announce equivalent UK figures.
A Nintendo UK rep told VG247 this morning: “We don’t currently have plans to announce the sales figures for XL.”
Famitsu reported today that Nintendo has sold 193,000 3DS XL consoles in Japan since July 28, as well as 430,000 copies of New Super Mario Bros. 2.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 launched with the 3DS XL.
The new 3DS is the console’s first major revision since it released last spring. XL launched in both Japan and Europe last weekend, and will hit the US on August 19.
The original 3DS sold 303,000 units across Europe and 113,000 units in its opening weekend on sale in the UK, beating the British launches of both Wii and DS.
Nintendo sold its entire allotment of 3DS – some 400,000 units – units during its February 2011 release in Japan. 3DS has sold more than 19 million units to date.
GI.biz is reporting that since launching in the UK on Saturday, British sales of 3DS XL, fall just short of ‘five figures’ which the site is claiming means the 3DS XL is currently out-selling 3DS 2:1. Take this with a dose of salt until Nintendo reveals the concrete figures.
The site also reports that 3DS software sales are up by 11% for the week.