Nintendo emerges with top-selling systems of 2010, looks ahead to Nintendo 3DS


Business Wire—Great games, great experiences and great value led Nintendo to finish 2010 with the two top-selling video game systems in the United States. The Nintendo DS™ family of systems finished in first place with more than 8.5 million sold in 2010, while the Wii™ system topped all home consoles with more than 7 million sold, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game industry sales in the United States.

Nintendo sold more than 2.5 million Nintendo DS systems and more than 2.3 million Wii systems in December alone, bringing their lifetime U.S. sales totals to more than 47 million and more than 34 million, respectively.

With the new Nintendo 3DSâ„¢ system set to launch in the United States in March, Nintendo has strong momentum heading into 2011. Nintendo 3DS lets users view 3D images without the need for special glasses. More information about the system will be made available during a Jan. 19 preview event in New York.

“Nintendo has sold more game systems than anyone else for five years running,” said Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America’s senior director of Corporate Communications. “Of the quarter billion hardware systems sold in the United States during the past 10 years, Nintendo sold more than half. We look forward to bringing fun new experiences to consumers when Nintendo 3DS launches in March.”

Three of the top five best-selling games of December play exclusively on Nintendo systems. These include Just Dance 2 from Ubisoft at No. 1, Donkey Kong Country Returnsâ„¢ from Nintendo at No. 3 and Disney Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios at No. 4. For all of 2010, 13 of the top 25 best-selling games play on Nintendo systems. This includes two of the top five; five of the top 10; and nine of the top 15.


  1. I totally agree with you. The 3DS will top the DS’s record in 4 months flat.

  2. Wii is doomed. Wii is tanking in sales. A new HD Wii must be released in 2011.

    Take your pic.

  3. I believe that the Wii has ran its course, the last great game we will see out of it is Skyward Sword. Hopefully Nintendo has recognized this and are preparing their next console, because only putting their company in the hand-held game would be a tragic mistake… Don’t put all your eggs in the one basket Nintendo!

  4. Jumpman,

    I wouldn’t be too worried. By the time Nintendo releases a console, they have already been hard at work doing R&D for the next console. That’s always been their business strategy. Besides, they’ve already offered some tantalizing (yet unsurprisingly vague) comments about the successor to the Wii, and how it will be jaw-droppingly awesome.

  5. I would not count out the Wii just yet — it does have some great games on the system. I just got my kids the Xbox w/Kinect this Xmas and they still play the Wii more. With Donkey Kong, Black Ops, Goldeneye, Sonic, Mario, etc. They play Wii Black Ops more than the 360 version because they like the controls better. When it comes down to it – it is all about gameplay and the Wii shines just as good, if not better than the HD cousins. I think Kinect needs much better software than what was released at launch. People just get glamoured by the HD graphics and online and forget about the gameplay, which the Wii has. You have to admit the Wii has a more diverse library of games that you would never see on the HD consoles and I am not talking about the shovelware crap.

  6. @jumpman

    There’s a ton of great japanese exclusives yet to make it to NA. Even if nintendo were to only release sports mix and Zelda, they potentially have quite a few franchises to release in NA. I believe Iwata stated at one point that it was a possibility that nintendo would do this.