Infendo trolls eating crow today: Nintendo 3DS crosses 4 million mark faster than Wii

I was wrong. 3DS believers were right. This just in:

Driven by Fast-Selling Software Nintendo 3DS Sells More in Its First Nine Months Than Wii Did

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Whether they were on the go or at home, whether they played in 2D on the TV or in glasses-free 3D in their hands, gamers of all ages celebrated the holidays with Marioâ„¢ and Zeldaâ„¢. Super Mario 3D Landâ„¢ and Mario Kartâ„¢ 7 for the Nintendo 3DSâ„¢ system not only became the fastest-selling titles in the history of their respective franchises when they launched, but they are now also the first Nintendo 3DS titles to sell 1 million units each in the United States. On the console side, The Legend of Zeldaâ„¢: Skyward Sword, which also broke launch records, became the 45th Wiiâ„¢ title to sell more than 1 million units in the United States.

“One of the strongest software lineups in our history helped Nintendo have a great holiday season and to close 2011 with a full head of steam,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Not only have the new Mario and Zelda titles already broken records, but with strong reviews and satisfied customers sharing their positive experiences, all three are also shaping up to be the latest long-tail titles from Nintendo. Couple that with a massive first- and third party lineup in the first part of the year and the prospects for 2012 are extremely promising.”

Nintendo sold more than 12 million total hardware units in the United States in 2011, marking the fifth year in a row that the company has accomplished that feat. This includes more than 4.5 million units of Wii, more than 4 million Nintendo 3DS systems, and more than 3.4 million units of the Nintendo DSâ„¢ family of systems. This brings the installed base for Wii and Nintendo DS to 39 million and more than 51 million, respectively.

With a strong lineup of software on the horizon, including new installments in the Mario Party™, Pokémon™ and Kid Icarus™ franchises, as well as third-party games such as Resident Evil® Revelations from Capcom and METAL GEAR SOLID® 3D Snake Eater from Konami for Nintendo 3DS, that momentum should continue into the first quarter of 2012 and beyond.

In addition to the milestones reached by new software, two evergreen Nintendo titles celebrated milestones as 2011 drew to a close. Mario Kart Wiiâ„¢ passed 11 million units sold and New Super Mario Bros.â„¢ for the Nintendo DS family crossed 10 million total units sold.

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Anyone still on the fence about buying a 3DS?


  1. Wow, that is all totally amazing. Go 3DS! And 45 over-a-million sellers on Wii? Holy crap!!!

    Nintendo will probably be one of the defining childhood memories for my sons. Love, family, gaming. Times are good.

  2. I was saving my money for a Vita but used it to get a 3DS instead. I’m very happy with my purchase. The 3DS is pretty awesome.

  3. Great News! I love Nintendo and their products and it feels good to see them making this much money 😀

  4. 3DS is an awesome system, nay sayers can so suck it!

  5. Oh Blake..all the doubting and all the doom and gloom talk you had from spring all the way till the end of October. All for nothing
    You guys seriously need to do a final Infendo Radio

  6. I think that what this proves is that good games sell hardware. Not gimmicks, like 3D, or even unique experiences like Nintendogs.

    Mario, Mario Kart, and Monster Hunter so close together? Of course Japan will go crazy for it!

  7. I finally got it after playing a friend’s. Previously I had just played a messed up Best Buy kiosk unit and was not impressed. After playing my friend’s and seeing the 3D in all it’s glory, I just had to pick one up! I’m very happy with it! I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for us!

  8. i still think nintendo video has been a better use of 3d than in any game but its a cool little system and mario 3d land is my fav game of the year across all systems

  9. All snarky comments aside. I’m glad for them doing well. I’ve been enjoying swapnote almost daily, Mario Kart 7 is awesome, I still have to complete Mario 3d Land, and Pokemon Rumble Blast. I started playing the GBA ambassador game Fire Emblem, and haven’t been able to let it go. lol Seriously, it’s a great system.

    Long live 3ds. 🙂


  11. @Moshi

    I chortled.

  12. Abdulla is right, you guys need to do a final infendo radio!

  13. forget “final” radio episode, you need to quit “quiting” and start doing the podcasts again. For CRYING OUTLOUD! it’s very poor form for you and Derek to give so much criticism, only to go completely silent during suge a huge upswing from the little console that couldn’t, but did it anyway. (I’ll refraim from saying that you two were all “Gloom and Doom” because, I feel, that you and Derek were mourning more than hating; after all, they only did so well because they actually did what you two said that they needed to do to sell the system – release some titles for the system).

    All ranting aside. Would you or Derek at least let us know in a blog post what is happening with the infendo radio podcast? What is the future for the grand show? Are you two giving up podcasting? planning to resume? being lazy? I know that Blake is trying to step back from the site as he has more priorities in life right now, but can’t the leaders of this site come up with another podcast team? There was more to the podcast than just Blake (Derek is not chopped liver).

    At this rate, the only podcast I’m left to listen to is the Sarcastic Gamer Brown show, and that doesn’t really count as a video game podcast! u_u,

  14. Told you! I bought a Zelda 3DS on december and I’ve been having a lot of fun with the AR games, the Mii Plaza games and Steel Diver. Haven’t been able to start OoT or Super Mario 3D Land due to work but I’ll start next week once I’ve finished Steel Diver.

  15. It’s no longer a secret from everybody. I’d like to have some 3ds friends. 1547-5186-1729 -John comment with your code if you add me. 🙂 Thanks guys.

  16. I’m glad to see Nintendo recognized that the 3DS was overpriced and made it more affordable. I definitely loved the new price, but it needed more games. I ended up getting a Zelda 3DS bundle as a birthday gift and I LOVE IT!! With OoT, Mario 3DS, MK7 and Pushmo I am having a blast!

    Keeping it real
    [+ – – BA]

  17. 2012 is the year of the 3DS! It boggles my mind how Nintendo can expect to sell a system without good games. I long for a day when a new Mario title will debut with a new system…one day…

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