Over 8 Million 3DS Sold In Japan

When the 3DS was first announced, I was skeptical.  I had always seen 3D as a gimmick and wrote it off.  Sure, I had to add the 3DS to my collection, and when I received it I was blown away!  Since first turning the unit on, I was a raving fanatic, but still a lot of people I know wrote it off.

I loved seeing my friends reluctantly picking in up…then not wanting to put it down!  It seems as though most of the population felt the same way after playing.

Japan has just exceeded the 8 Million units sold mark in Japan, which is eight times as many sold as the Vita!  A large contributor to the sales is the launch of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which has sold over 700,000 units itself, and urged along sales of the handheld.  It is also interesting to point out that 3 of the top 10 software titles are 3DS titles.  See below for the top ten (Note this is based on the latest Media Create Sales chart, the numbers in parentheses are lifetime sales figures):

01. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo) – 721,786 / NEW
02. [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires (Koei Tecmo) – 67,358 / NEW
03. [PS3] Tales of Xillia 2 (Bandai Namco Games) – 39,767 (371,300)
04. [360] Halo 4 (Microsoft Game Studios) – 31,467 / NEW
05. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo) – 18,799 (1,347,042)
06. [3DS] Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (Square Enix) – 13,404 (245,575)
07. [PS3] Okami HD (Capcom) – 13.357 (66,068)
08. [PS3] Silent Hill: Downpour (Konami) – 12,205 / NEW
09. [PSP] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2013 (Konami) – 11,754 (46,240)
10. [PS3] Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition (Sega) – 11,414 (53,811)


If you are wondering about the reported Media Create Sales of the consoles, the 3DS leads the way, destroying all other consoles combined, and is doing very well in the lifetime sales category:

3DS – 187,077 (Lifetime sales – 8,089,518)
PS3 – 18,043 (Lifetime sales – 8,598,255)
PSP – 12,076 (Lifetime sales – 19,423,538)
PS Vita – 4,021 (Lifetime sales – 1,029,713)
WII – 2,921 (Lifetime sales – 12,589,845)
360 – 2,908 (Lifetime sales – 1,602,408)
PS2 – 1,187 (Lifetime sales – 21,825,926)
NDS – 424 (Lifetime sales – 32,873,783)

187,077 sales in one week is amazing, but keep in mind these figures are only in Japan.  The USA weekly figures have a different outcome:

Top Ten Video Games:

1X360Halo 42,428,644
2X360Assassin’s Creed III202,840
3PS3Assassin’s Creed III170,323
4WiiJust Dance 484,414
5DSPokemon Black / White Version 276,496
6X360Kinect Adventures!57,047
7PS3LittleBigPlanet Karting55,285
8WiiWii Sports45,492
9WiiWii Sports Resort43,093
103DSNew Super Mario Bros. 242,804

Console Weekly Rankings:

XBOX 360: 251,290 units

PS3: 104,109 units

3DS: 97,687 units

Wii: 53,723 units

DS: 38,507 units (amazing that it is still outselling the Vita

PS Vita: 22,226 units

PSP: 2,377 units

**The USA figures are as of November 10, 2012.

With the success of the 3DS worldwide, do you believe it will have a positive impact on Wii U sales?


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