Nintendo expects to sell 5 million 3DS units in Japan during the firm’s fiscal year

Tuesday, 27th August 2013 16:33 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said the company plans to sell 5 million 3DS units in Japan during the firm’s fiscal year, and a global target of 18 million units is the goal.

Iwata announced this during a Capcom event in Tokyo, and stated that 5.5 million 3DS consoles were moved in the region in 2012 bring in the total to 13.95 million consoles worldwide.

“There are more and more media reports suggesting that things aren’t going very well for the dedicated gaming hardware business,” Iwata said, reports Bloomberg. “But that’s not true, at least for the 3DS in Japan.”

Iwata said the only other system to top 5 million annual units in Japan was 3DS’ predecessor.

Nintendo sold 1.4 million 3DS units globally in the three months ended June 2013, down from 1.86 million the year prior.

In comparison, Sony sold 600,000 units of PSP and Vita in the same period.

Thanks Nintendo Life.



  1. ps3fanboy

    sell 5 million… HAHAHAHA!… the joke of the day :D

    #1 1 year ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    @2 so true, so true. you hit the nail right on the head there… and when ps4 arrives it will be the death knell for the wii-utanic too.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Jesus Christ

    Yeah, I agree with the two above ^

    Nintendo is underestimating its own platform. Surely, it will sell more than mere 5 million. Experts say it will sell 8 million units – at the very least. They might even sell 10 million – who knows.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. mistermogul

    @2 – they sold 5.8 million in Japan last year so why not?

    It will be interesting to see how much hardware sales increase when MH4 and Pokemon come out…

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Francis O

    Pokemon X and Y, The Legend of Zelda, and Monster Hunter 4……

    Yeah, they’re breaking 5 million units sold. And VG247 conveniently left out that Nintendo’s stock rose another 1.1 percent with a jump of 36% this year alone…..while the Wii U sales are slow.

    What happens by this fall when Mario Zelda, Sonic, Wii Fit U, DKC drop?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. mistermogul

    @2 – I thought you had a Wii U and liked it?!

    Are you schizophrenic?

    #6 1 year ago
  7. monkeygourmet


    No, he’s a fucking liar troll.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Joe Musashi

    ‘subtle and complex’ persona. Some people can see it for what it is. Some can’t.


    #8 1 year ago
  9. monkeygourmet


    He was lying about owning a Wii U. And he trolls based on lies such as those.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Dragon246

    Do you know that is the average increase in entire nikkei? 36% is just normal.
    How about DOUBLING the stock value like another company?

    Oh, and W101 in Japan…. ugh. Waiting for tomorrow. Dead things are dead.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Lengendaryboss

    “Have i ever told you the definition of insanity?”
    “Insanity is doing the exact same thing over and over and over again expecting shit to change that is insanity”

    Far Cry 3. Vaas.

    The point? We get that you that you think the Wii U will succeed based on this fall lineup, but holy hell how many times are you going to repeat the same thing?

    As for the VG247 leaving out something, just cover it on your Nintendo fansite Playeressence.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Joe Musashi

    All trolls lie. If you don’t like trolls don’t make excuses for them.


    #12 1 year ago
  13. Professor Zoom

    Can someone ban this guy ”Legendaryboss” please? He keeps trolling the site and spamming with all his links and stupid posts.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Lengendaryboss

    I haven’t linked anything yet, troll harder.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. monkeygourmet


    You still hurting about the Francis stuff, wow. Just wow.

    I thought you’d be more upset with the conversation where you were twisting and turning on the hook because people found out about your ‘colourful’ past?

    Strange really.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Lengendaryboss

    I don’t like where this is headed.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. darthroseman

    Things are getting a bit too personal on here. I’m just going to say looking at the Wii U to estimate 3DS sales doesn’t make any sense. Animal Crossing is DESTROYING in sales, and with Pokemon on its way, this is a reasonable goal for Nintendo, and isn’t even an increase from last year’s numbers. It will be interesting to see if they hit it, but I wouldn’t put money against it.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. darthroseman

    Side-note: Wiiu-tanic is maybe the worst attempt at word play I have ever heard. Maybe the sinking Wii U-boat? I mean, I disagree with your thoughts on it, but PLEASE find a better term because that is just bad.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Joe Musashi

    Claims to not want trolls.
    Makes multiple topics about trolls (thus giving them the attention they seek).
    Makes excuses for self confessed trolls.
    More trolls appear.

    Wash, rinse, repeat.


    #19 1 year ago
  20. monkeygourmet


    I also make topics about my frustration with alt accounts.

    #20 1 year ago

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