NPDs are in….DS tops 3DS for April


Before I go further, let me just say that Nintendo and the 3DS are both going to be just fine. Ok, now that we have that out of the way, hi folks. I hope everyone is ready to talk sales numbers and such. If you’re not, stop right now and instead listen to Infendo Radio. For the rest of you, I’ll see you after the break.

Alright, let’s get down to it. Any way you look at it, Nintendo had a pretty monster April here in the States. Let’s talk hardware first.

image courtesy of vgchartz

For some reason the final tally for DS in not in as of yet, but it has been confirmed that 3DS was outsold but DS for the month of April, it’s just a matter of clearing up by how much. This really isn’t all that surprising when you take into account that 3DS only had two games (Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time 3D and The Sims 3) released in April. It also doesn’t hurt that DS lite retails for $120 less than 3DS.

Wii…Wii didn’t have great month. Wii was outsold by both PS3 and Xbox 360 for the month of April but oddly enough, five of the top ten games were Wii titles.

image courtesy of vgchartz

I think it’s nuts how well the Just Dance franchise has done in America. Both titles have combined to sell over 7 million units in North America. It’s also going to be interesting to see next months Wii Sports numbers in the wake of Nintendo removing it as a Wii pack-in and giving it a boxed copy of it’s own.

Thoughts? Will 3DS sales pick up once quality titles arrive (aka Zelda) and more games are revealed at next months e3?

Eugene lives in New Mexico and has been a life long gamer since getting his hands on an NES. Always partial to Nintendo, Eugene has made it a point to keep informed on all things Mario.


  1. well, no surprise, the 3DS needs killer game not ports

  2. As you said, the 3DS is going to be just fine–particularly as its software library improves while DS releases fade away.

  3. Nice pie chart 😛

  4. I’m sure Zelda will help. However, what the 3DS needs is something new, not just remade. Can’t wait for Mario Kart and Kid Icarus.

  5. @ Holly

    Wouldn’t Mario Kart fall under the remade category? It’s been re-done on every nintendo system. Just sayin’ 🙂

    Sales are dropping on the 3DS true but I’m sure they will pick up in time, Little Jimmy and Little Sally need to save up a little more allowance before they can get their 3DS.

  6. Zelda will for sure help out, but I still want something fresh in 3d. Something like pikmin where you could explore a 3d world, that’s what I can’t wait to see.

  7. Just a month or two until at least some decent 3DS games come out… that should cause the sales to pick up a bit.

    The chart though, while old, was awesome.