Nintendo 3DS Sales Hits the 4 Million Mark – Skyward Sword Passes A Million Sales

Posted by at 10:16 am on January 3, 2012

Sales of Nintendo’s 3DS hardware topped 4 million in the United States last year, the Japanese video game publisher announced.

The device’s surge at retail was buoyed by two flagship franchises marking their return: racing title Mario Kart 7 and action game Super Mario 3D Land.

Citing internal estimates, Nintendo says both games are the first to sell 1 million copies each in the U.S.

A weak slate of launch titles lacking signature series such as Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda contributed to the 3DS’ initial struggles when it debuted in March 2011.

However, sales seem to have bounced back since August, when Nintendo dropped the price of the 3DS from $250 to $170.

Meanwhile, Nintendo sold 4.5 million Wii consoles in 2011, down from the 7 million devices consumers scooped up last year. The company plans on launching the Wii’s successor, the Wii U, later this year.

Also, the return of The Legend of Zelda to the Wii has proved popular. Sales of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword have crossed the 1 million mark since its Nov. 20 launch.

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