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More Than 20 Million Physical Copies of Nintendo 3DS Games Have Been Sold in the U.S.

More Than 20 Million Physical Copies of Nintendo 3DS Games Have Been Sold in the U.S.

by Steve CullumApril 18, 2013



More Than 20 Million Physical Copies of Nintendo 3DS Games Have Been Sold in the U.S.

Fueled by strong starts for Luigi’s Mansion™: Dark Moon and Pokémon™ Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, and the continued strength of Fire Emblem Awakening, Nintendo 3DS™ crossed 20 million total units of software sold at retail in the United States, according to the NPD Group.

Some notable sales numbers* achieved by Nintendo in March include:

  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon sold nearly 365,000 physical units in March, and has now sold more than 415,000 combined physical and digital units to date.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening sold an additional 64,000 combined physical and digital physical copies in March, and has now sold more than 240,000 combined units to date.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity sold more than 145,000 combined physical and digital units for the month.
  • Total sales of Nintendo 3DS software at retail increased by more than 50 percent over March 2012.

That momentum should only grow in the next few months as Nintendo prepares for a massive slate of Nintendo 3DS software releases, including: LEGO® City Undercover: The Chase Begins on April 24, Donkey Kong Country™ Returns 3D on May 24, Animal Crossing™: New Leaf on June 9 and Mario and Luigi™: Dream Team on Aug. 11.

Additionally, in a Nintendo Direct that aired on April 17, Nintendo announced or provided more details about new entrants in the Yoshi’s Island™, Mario Party™, The Legend of Zelda™ and Mario Golf™ franchises for the Nintendo 3DS system.

Wii U™ owners have a ton of great games to look forward to from Nintendo and its third-party partners, 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. At the upcoming E3 trade show in June in Los Angeles, Nintendo expects to show attendees upcoming Wii U games from the Mario Kart™, Super Mario Bros.™ and Super Smash Bros.™ franchises.

*Data regarding physical sales of games in March are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers are specific to the United States only.

[PR Email from Nintendo of America]

About The Author
Steve Cullum
Steve is a Senior Editor for NintendoFuse. He has been a Nintendo fan since the NES and Game Boy. His favorite types of games are action platformers, multiplayer “party” games, and any game that is pure fun and pulls him in for hours. Steve has been blogging for NintendoFuse since 2008.

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