Nintendo says that first-party game sales for the Nintendo 3DS were very strong in the first four months of 2013. The company claims that within that time period it moved more than 2.1 million units of first-party Nintendo 3DS software in the U.S, an increase of 52 percent over the same time period last year. In 2012, it took 30 weeks for Nintendo 3DS to sell 2 million units of first-party software, according to Nintendo. In 2013, the platform accomplished that same feat in 18 weeks.
Nintendo says that LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins sold nearly 94,000 combined physical and digital copies after launching on April 24; and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon sold more than 140,000 combined physical and digital units in April (530,000 total units have been to date).
Looking ahead, Nintendo expects strong performances from several titles including Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (to be released on May 24), Animal Crossing: New Leaf (June 9), Mario and Luigi: Dream Team (Aug. 11), and new titles in the Pokémon, Mario Golf, and Legend of Zelda franchises.
Nintendo also expects to launch new Wii U titles during the Summer months including Game & Wario on June 23, Pikmin 3 on Aug. 4, Disney's Planes from Disney Interactive on Aug. 6 and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist from Ubisoft on Aug. 20.
The company also promises to show new Wii U games from its most popular franchises including Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros.