3DS software sales up 45% in 2013, lifetime hardware sales pass 11.5 million in US

Friday, 10th January 2014 13:46 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nintendo has announced 3DS game sales were up 45% in 2013, compared to 2012, and lifetime sales of 3DS hardware systems were over 11.5 million in the US alone. According to Nintendo’s figures, customers purchased 16 million combined packaged and digital Nintendo 3DS games in 2013. The firm also touted the fact that seven of its 3DS games from 2013 carried a Metacritic score of 85 or higher, including The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Fire Emblem Awakening which carried a score of 90 or above. Nintendo announced release dates for Yoshi’s New Island and Disney Magical World earlier today.



  1. dreamcastnews

    Yup. It’s about time Iwata steps down and Nintendo go software only. Stop making ‘gimmick’ consoles, yeah?

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Legendaryboss

    Nintendo is more than just the 3DS family alone, but this is a impressive set of figures for a platform with little competition and ambushed by the rise of smartphones.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. dreamcastnews

    True, but it’s also more than the so-far failed Wii U. Under Iwata’s management they’ve had what, 2 failed consoles? (GC, Wii U) and one of those is considered to have some of Nintendo’s greatest output and gained a cult following. I think my statement just really signifies that Nintendo failures are an exception to the rule, not the general rule.

    Nintendo take some beating when it comes to handheld hardware, their home consoles are a little less and exact science, it’s almost frustrating that the Wii U is sleepwalking currently. It’s got some potential big guns but Ninty just seem reluctant to release them in a timely manor. Part of me thinks that with this crazy sales projection and lack of pro-active support could possibly be the companies escape ramp to investors to ditch the thing….

    Anyway, I don’t think they should pull out of hardware just for the sake of home consoles moving on. If we had say, the Wii U and Virtual Boy as the handheld, I’d totally agree, and maybe I agree that they could possibly trim the fat in regards to home consoles.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. fihar

    I’m still patiently waiting for another Advance Wars and/or Elite Beat Agents and for the love of anything that’s holy, get Camelot to do another RPG.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. dreamcastnews

    @4 I totally agree! Advance Wars and Golden Sun need to make a comeback !

    #5 11 months ago
  6. monkeygourmet

    The vast majority of smart phone / tablet games are shit. I own a tablet and a smart phone. For every Sword and Sworcery, there are a million shitty cancerous pieces of shit that fill their respective app stores.

    Just because something gets very popular, doesn’t mean it’s a good direction to head in / good for the industry as a whole.

    It’s cheap / easy convience for morons. The negative aspects it has popularised far outweigh any good that has been done IMO.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Francis O


    - What is your definition of a failed console? Because the Gamecube made more profit than the original Xbox. And software sales for Nintendo first party IPs on the Gamecube were high.

    - The Wii U picked up in sales since the holidays, and there are a lot of big games coming out for it. Its a bit to early to say “its failed” in the same context as the Gamecube that is not being produced anymore.

    - Should Kaz Hirai be fired over the abysmal PSP software sales and pirating? How about the sorry state the PS Vita is in? Of course not.

    - Iwata is doing a good job, that’s why Nintendo’s market cap is now bigger than Sony’s.

    #7 11 months ago

Comments are now closed on this article.