3DS Surpasses Nintendo DS's First Year Sales in Eight Months, Say Nintendo

December 1, 2011 -

According to Nintendo, its 3DS hand-held has managed to beat the first year sales of its predecessor, the Nintendo DS - and it managed to do this in the first eight-months of release. Of course, the top executives at Nintendo forget to mention that the Nintendo DS did not have a price cut in that first year of sales, nor did it cause investors in Nintendo to demand that the company do a course correction and consider releasing software on other competing platforms like iOS.

"In sales through 8 months, the 3DS has outsold the full 12 months of the original DS," Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime  told Time's Techland in a recent interview. "During that 12 months time, the original DS sold 2.37 million and we just surpassed that this past Saturday, so we’ve got real good momentum going into the holidays."

Regardless of how it got there, the news is good for the 3DS, which had a hard time exciting the Nintendo crowd at launch, and a price cut and more first-party software is certainly helping the platform finally get some much-need attention from fans.

And to be fair, the DS had a slow start too; it took 18 months before fans really got excited about the platform.

Source: Develop


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Re: 3DS Surpasses Nintendo DS's First Year Sales in Eight ...

Except news like this doesn't make global headlines asking Apple and Google to make stuff for the 3DS.

Re: 3DS Surpasses Nintendo DS's First Year Sales in Eight ...

It's more the stiff competition that's holding it back.

Re: 3DS Surpasses Nintendo DS's First Year Sales in Eight ...

It's a bit wrong to say that the 3DS is doing better than the DS because of the price drop - the 3DS price dropped to the launch price of the DS, and the economy was better at the launch of the DS.

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Re: 3DS Surpasses Nintendo DS's First Year Sales in Eight ...

The last sentence is key.  That being said, it's inaccurate to say that the 3DS will do well because the DS took so long to do well.  The DS was released in 2003 - a long effing time ago by video game standards.  Mobile gaming, tablets, and social media gaming didn't even exist at the time, and the PSP was still finding its legs.  The 3DS is in a vastly different market.

 
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