The Nintendo 3DS takes top place in hardware sales for May
Nintendo is reporting that the company’s handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, was the number one selling platform in all of May.
Now with a new console coming out for both Sony and Microsoft this holiday the major players are sitting this one out, but it is still beating the Nintendo Wii U and the PS Vita. Nintendo states, “The platform was the best-selling video game hardware platform in the United States in May”. The launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on May 23 and another strong month for Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon helped Nintendo 3DS software sales in stores increase by more than 60 percent over the same time last year. Nintendo 3DS also had two of the top three best-selling software SKUs for the month, with Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at No. 2 and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon at No. 3.
At the recently concluded E3 trade show in Los Angeles, Nintendo defined its proposition for the holiday season by showcasing a cavalcade of great games coming for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems in 2013. Starting in August and continuing through the end of the year, Wii U will launch one major game a month, including Pikmin 3 (Aug. 4), The Wonderful 101 (Sept. 15), The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (October), Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (November) and Super Mario 3D World (December). Nintendo 3DS will build on its momentum with the successive launches of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Aug. 11), Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (Oct. 12) Mario Party for Nintendo 3DS (name not final, November) and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (November).
It also helps that the average price on Amazon for the Nintendo 3DS is around $170 new, while the PS Vita averages about $250 for the WiFi only model.
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