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3DS has sold over ten million systems in Japan (98 weeks)


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Initial post: Jan 8, 2013 11:06:24 AM PST
http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/01/08/nintendo-3ds-shifts-over-10-million-units-in-japan

The Nintendo 3DS has now sold over 10 million units in Japan, according to Enterbrain.

It was revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu (via NeoGAF) that 10,068,192 units of the handheld have been sold in Japan as of 6 January, 2013.

It seems that, despite initial qualms about how well the console would perform, in Japan at least all is well. Quite why this has happened now is anyone's guess, but the suggestion is some big new instalments in key franchises have helped growth. In the graph below, the point marked signifies when Animal Crossing: New Leaf launched to huge acclaim and sales figures, while the dotted bars show weekly sales figures and the line tracks cumulative sales figures.

Given that as of 3 December, 2012 only 8,799,378 units had been sold that's a pretty significant jump in just a month. With even more big titles due out in the territory this year, including Monster Hunter 4 and the brand new 3D Pokemon X and Y just announced this morning, it's looking unlikely that this number will be slowing down anytime soon.

Last month sales of the Nintendo 3DS surpassed PS3 lifetime sales in Japan, despite launching just over four years after Sony's console.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:09:17 AM PST
JWK says:
D00M3DS

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 11:10:24 AM PST
Lucanus says:
Unreal. I suppose the end isn't nigh? Good for Nintendo. Hopefully the U does well too. Thanks for the link Jason. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:10:43 AM PST
Indeed. In 2013 it will get Dragon Quest VII and Monster Hunter 4 plus a core Pokemon game so it should do well this year. I think it is tracking slightly ahead of the DS right now but I expect the 3DS to fall behind that system in a year or two.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:13:07 AM PST
Well, it's tracking ahead of the PS3, Vita, Xbox 360, Dreamcast and Gamecube. None of those are really worth bragging about though. Still well behind the PlayStation and PlayStation 2. The 3DS is shaping up to be a successful platform but it won't hit the numbers of it's predecessors. (That's alright though.)

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 11:14:13 AM PST
saskamazon says:
wonder what the NA #s look like ... should be getting more street passes. seems a long time since a new puzzle panel or pink pieces from NOA. sales are strong ... can hardly wait for the new Luigi, but am happily enjoying Paper Mario ...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:16:01 AM PST
JJ4prez says:
Nicely done.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 11:16:40 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 8, 2013 11:17:04 AM PST
You mean random people on the VGF really DON'T know jack about the industry and how business works in general? I find this too shocking to believe.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:21:20 AM PST
I am not sure if some people who work in the industry know anything about how it works. From the article:

>>>"It seems that, despite initial qualms about how well the console would perform, in Japan at least all is well. Quite why this has happened now is anyone's guess, but the suggestion is some big new instalments in key franchises have helped growth."<<<

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 11:21:21 AM PST
Cinema Fan says:
I don't even play video games.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 11:24:20 AM PST
>>>"It seems that, despite initial qualms about how well the console would perform, in Japan at least all is well. Quite why this has happened now is anyone's guess, but the suggestion is some big new instalments in key franchises have helped growth. In other news I recently found out that Nigerian prince that contacted me via a Russian email address was in fact a thief."<<<

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 11:26:45 AM PST
are they counting 3DS and 3DSXL as seperate purchases? if not... a lot of folks could have 2 of those purchases each. In the states I know I do.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 11:27:49 AM PST
2013 should be a revealing year about both handhelds I'd assume.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:27:57 AM PST
How or why would they not count them as separate purchases?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:30:58 AM PST
Well, yes. They count both SKUs as 3DS system sales as that is what they are. Just like they count all PSP SKUs as PSP sales and all DS SKUs as DS sales and all PS3 SKUs as PS3 sales...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:31:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2013 11:32:21 AM PST
I. Flores says:
That's like saying that soccer moms that buy one 3DS of every color to keep her 4 kids in the back of her gas-guzzling SUV quiet shouldn't count as separate purchases.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:33:07 AM PST
I can't even begin to discern what he was saying and why he was saying it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:34:23 AM PST
Well it's just slightly misleading is all :3

Some might think 10 mil sold = 10 million people have a 3DS, when only say 7.5 mil might.

Still amazing of course, but just saying.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:35:11 AM PST
Let me check ... No I still don't know what you're saying. I hope you don't control the earning reports where you work.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:36:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2013 11:37:16 AM PST
Good lord no, I just take the money they give me and pay bills with it.

But I would be more impressed if it was 10million sales of JUST the 3DS and the 3DSXL had a different chart.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:37:40 AM PST
*sigh* We had someone like that in my office who was running financials. It was a little disturbing to see an Excel spreadsheet that had a column named "Last Updated" and the only cell below it was one that said =TODAY().

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:39:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2013 11:39:52 AM PST
I understand what you're saying. I think that means I have to go eat glass.

(why would they have different charts!!?!?)

:)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:39:27 AM PST
that actually saddens me too.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 11:39:50 AM PST
I'm... not sure how you got that out of what I said... but ok
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