In the world of Nintendo, the battle-cry has always been “Software sells hardware.” While the company has seen a rocky start to next-gen console wars, the Nintendo 3DS has become the eighth Nintendo system to sell at least 15 million units in the United States, this according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures.
Since its U.S. debut on March 27, 2011, Nintendo has launched AAA titles like Super Mario 3D Land, Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Mario Kart 7 and Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS. Each of the titles has sold more than 2 million total units in the United States alone and all were a hit with critics and fans alike.
Through the first six months of 2015, sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware have increased by more than 50% over sales in the same period in 2014. Much of this growth can be attributed to New Nintendo 3DS XL, the latest addition to the Nintendo 3DS family, which launched on Feb. 13 and introduced several new features such as face-tracking 3D, new controls and amiibo support.
“While crossing 15 million units is certainly a significant milestone, we are equally excited about the new momentum we’ve created in 2015 thanks to new hardware and an unrivaled library of software,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “With more great games on the way and a hardware system for every type of gamer, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the stronger years yet for Nintendo 3DS in the United States.”
Since the Nintendo Entertainment System first debuted in the U.S. in the fall of 1985, nearly 270 million units of Nintendo hardware have been sold in the United States. This includes nearly 145 million units of hand-held hardware and nearly 125 million home console units. By surpassing 15 million units sold in the United States, Nintendo 3DS joins an elite list that includes some of the biggest names in the history of gaming, including Game Boy, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, the best-selling video game system ever in the United States.