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.