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3DS hits 4M in U.S., sells faster than Wii - Nintendo
3DS hits 4M in U.S., sells faster than Wii - Nintendo
January 3, 2012 | By Mike Rose

January 3, 2012 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo announced today that it sold more than 4 million 3DS hardware units in the U.S. in 2011, selling more than the Wii in its first nine months.

The company said fast-selling holiday titles such as Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land drove sales, but the initially slow-selling 3DS really started to turn the corner after a 20 percent price drop following its release last year.

Overall, 39 million Nintendo Wiis have now been sold in total in the U.S., while 51 million Nintendo DS handhelds have been sold nationwide.

Elsewhere, Nintendo noted that Mario Kart Wii has sold 11 million units, and New Super Mario Bros for the DS has sold 10 million. Both Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS have now sold over 1 million units in the U.S.

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Matthew Cooper
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The Wii held its $250 price point for almost three years though.

Bob Johnson
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Nintendo is doomed!!!

Or not.

it was dirt cheap during the holidays and there was little reason not pick one up with Super Mario3d Land and Mario Kart being released during the holidays as well.

Great games sell systems.

Andrew Chen
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There were some kerazy holiday deals in the stores. Best Buy ads had new 3DS system purchases + $40 gift certificates!

Super-tempting...but can't shake the fear new hardware is coming sooner rather than later, what with legit battery issues and control stick issues...

Doug Poston
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Great comeback story for Nintendo.

Hopefully Sony will learn something from them (
s_3DS_Sees_Record_Week.php ).

Duong Nguyen
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I thought the portable market was dead? Killed off by the mobile phones and angry birds? That's what mainstream media tells me anyways..

Andrew Chen
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Yeah, the ones that say "the dedicated portable market is dead" are definitely ahead of themselves...but, somewhat sadly, the ones that say its "doomed" are likely not far off.

I think the 3DS will sell OK in the end...nothing like its esteemed predecessor which, R4 and all, officially went gangbustas. It is a transitional time.

Four years out though (and likely sooner), I feel Nintendo will need to re-evaluate the value proposition offered by their "mobile" business.

Joel Nystrom
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In the future, we will have flying cars!