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Nintendo expects to move 5 million 3DSes in Japan by early 2014
Nintendo expects to move 5 million 3DSes in Japan by early 2014
August 27, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

August 27, 2013 | By Kris Ligman
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Nintendo expects to sell 5 million 3DS units in its native Japan and 18 million worldwide in the 12 months to March 2014, as reported in Bloomberg.

The company sold 5.5 million units in Japan in the previous fiscal year, so the forecast represents a modest decrease. Meanwhile, global 3DS unit sale projections are up from the 2012 fiscal year, when Nintendo forecast 13.95 million units sold.

"There are more and more media reports suggesting that things aren't going very well for the dedicated gaming hardware business," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said in a statement. "But that's not true, at least for the 3DS in Japan."

Iwata added that the only other machine to top 5 million annual sales in Japan was the 3DS's predecessor, the DS.


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Chris Lynn
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I also expect good numbers for 2013/2014, since there is a number of very strong games coming. Pokemon X/Y, Smash Bros, Zelda: ALBW, Monster Hunter 4.

While I understand the appean of phone/tablet games, I prefer playing with buttons and dedicated hardware - as my play time with Monster Hunter Ultimate 3 proves. So I don't expect Nintendo to launch a Nintendo Phone anytime soon.

Joe Zachery
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This will be easy due to Monster Hunter 4 next month, and Pokemon X&Y coming later.

Bob Charone
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Nintendo, whose made portables for 33 years, hopes to sell as many 3DS in 12 months as Apple sells iPads in 3.


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