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Nintendo 3DS Beats First-Year DS Sales In 8 Months
Nintendo 3DS Beats First-Year DS Sales In 8 Months
December 1, 2011 | By Mike Rose

December 1, 2011 | By Mike Rose
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The Nintendo 3DS has now surpassed the first year sales of the original DS in just eight months, Nintendo has confirmed.

The company had originally stated that the 3DS was on track to at least match the first year sales of its DS handheld. Sales for the system were originally well below expectations for a time, though a dramatic price cut in July -- as well as the announcement of a Holiday release for franchise titles Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land -- improved its performance.

Talking to Time Magazine, NoA president Reggie Fils-Aimes said that over the past weekend, sales of the 3DS passed those for the first twelve months of the original DS.

"In sales through this past Saturday - 8 months - [the 3DS] has outsold the full 12 months of the original DS," he confirmed.

"During that 12 months time, the original DS sold 2.37 million and we just surpassed that this past Saturday, so we've got real good momentum going into the holidays."

The good news for Nintendo comes in the same week that both Super Mario 3D Land and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword sold over half a million copies each, making them the fastest-selling Mario and Zelda titles ever.


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David Holmin
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Now publishers/developers should feel confident in the system. I wonder if we'll get an extensive a library for 3DS as we did for the DS, after all. I would feel like getting one if they started releasing some good 2D games in addition to the 3D ones, but I guess that would be a bit contradictive, at least in the early life of the system.

Merc Hoffner
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You know what? I think actual 2D content, like the platformers of old and such, looks absolutely stunning and cool when presented in 3D with all those parallax layers concertinaed like the staging in a theater. Gimme all those SNES beat-em-ups in semi-3D and I'll be smiling.



PS, where are all the cool/weird/experimental games the DS got in its early days? Feel the Magic XX/XY? Wario Ware? Another Code?

Ian Uniacke
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If you know someone with a 3ds try check out Morphees (downloadable title). It's a subtle use of 3d to add a bit of depth to an otherwise 2d title. Pretty nice effect.



Edit: Just realised it's actually called Freaky Forms. (the characters in the game are called morphees).

Brad Borne
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I agree, but that certainly didn't help Wii development. Throw in a few titles that are destined to sell poorly for one reason or another, proclaim that the entire platform doesn't make 3rd parties any money... I just don't have much faith in 3rd parties being flexible.



What I mean to say is, NINTENDO IS TEH D00M3D!!!111

David Holmin
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I don't fully understand what you're trying to say. If you mean that 3DS will get the same share of third party pissware as Wii, I'm not so sure. Wii was largely marketed as a casual, family system, which directed what kind of stuff third parties made for it. 3DS has a different image, I think. I'm still worried it's all gonna be 3D, though.

Eric Geer
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I think 3DS already has a fareshare of pissware. But I see good things coming. It just needs some time. And there are quite a few gems out there already--and I probably have most of them..but there is a lot of shit too. I don't think Devs have really grasped the 3D yet--but its getting there...with Nintendo setting good examples.



And why are you worried that it's all going to be 3D--if you don't want it to be in 3D..um..just turn it off.

David Holmin
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@Eric



I meant I'm afraid there won't be many or any true 2D games, with sprite graphics and pixellated backgrounds, such as Dawn of Sorrow on DS, because 3D is central to the console.



Also, every console has pissware, but few so much as the Wii (even though it has great games, also).

Eric Geer
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@Anthony--"Yep, just turn off the titular feature of the console,lol.--"



3D doesn't agree with some people--Like my wife can't stand it, but I on the other hand love it. It's because its something that messes with peoples eyes and mind and if you don't like--turn it off--if you like it--turn it on--That's why Ninty included the switch on there...if they wanted everything in 3D they would have never included the slider.



@David

"I meant I'm afraid there won't be many or any true 2D games, with sprite graphics and pixellated backgrounds, such as Dawn of Sorrow on DS, because 3D is central to the console."



I don't believe this is true at all--I don't think 2D sprite games are going any where...they will just be delivered in a different way--DSiWare/eStore will probably become the medium--there's plenty of them on there now. But I would expect some other devs to delve into this as well---Vanillaware is known for their beautiful hand drawn sidescrollers...and I'm sure there will be 1 or 2 castlevania games comin in as 2D sprite games--the only "successful" castelvania to make it out of the 2D realm was LoS.

brandon sheffield
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interesting to note, though, that the initial projections were for the system to sell 4 million by last march. (see here: http://gamasutra.com/view/news/34270/Iwata_3DS_Selling_Below_Expe
ctations_Company_Recommitting_To_Promotion.php)

Leon T
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That was for the world wide launch. This is about passing the first year sales of the DS in the US.


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