While Nintendo’s Wii U may be under-performing, the same can not be said for the Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS. Today, Nintendo announced that their dual-screen handheld has sold over 11.5 million units in the United States alone. Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, said, “Nintendo 3DS is a powerhouse with games and experiences that appeal to all kinds of players,” in a press release — it’s PR speak, but Scotty has a point.
In 2013 the 3DS had arguably the strongest lineup across all platforms with games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, as well as, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and thanks to that strong lineup 16 million 3DS games were sold at retail and digitally in 2013, an 45% increase over 2012. Scott Moffitt chimes in on this statistic as well, “We’re not slowing down in 2014. With more games featuring fan-favorite franchises on the way, the best days of Nintendo 3DS are still to come.” I know it’s still PR speak, but Scotty boy is right again, because 2014 looks just as promising with Yoshi’s New Island, Bravely Default and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy right around the corner.
It seems like there is nothing but gloom and doom surrounding Nintendo now o’ days, hopefully, these numbers ease some minds, because Nintendo isn’t going anywhere — not in the handheld space at least.