The Nintendo Switch may be the company’s most popular recent release over the past year, but don’t count out the Nintendo 3DS system. This week Nintendo announced that the Nintendo Switch sold more units in December than any other video game system, according to the NPD Group, but sales for the Nintendo 3DS were also very impressive. While the Nintendo Switch was initially hard to find online, supply has finally caught up to demand and you can grab a console from online retails like Amazon for $299.
Over the holiday season, shoppers purchased 1.5M Nintendo Switch systems during the five-week reporting period of December. Nintendo also stated that since its launch 10 months ago, the Nintendo Switch has sold more than 4.8M units, making it the fastest-selling home console in U.S. history. You can couple these numbers with the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, and get a clearer picture of just how well Nintendo has been doing over the past year. The Nintendo 3DS system posted its best sales month since December 2014, climbing the ranks despite the popularity of the Nintendo Switch. Collectively, the different versions of Nintendo 3DS hardware sold more than 750,000 units in the U.S. in December, which is a 27% increase over the same period a year ago. The sales also pushed the Nintendo 3DS family of systems to a new milestone of more than 21M sold in the U.S.
Combined hardware sales of Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system topped 2.6 million units, which accounted for more than half of all hardware sold during the month. Four Nintendo Switch games finished high on the December sales charts for individual titles: Super Mario Odyssey at No. 3, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at No. 4, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at No. 9 and Splatoon 2 at No. 16. Additionally, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon for Nintendo 3DS finished No. 13 and No. 14, respectively.