3DS best-selling console in U.S. for fifth consecutive month
posted on 10.17.13 at 05:36 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Wii U sales increased by 200 percent, reports Nintendo.

3DS was the best selling video game system in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive month, Nintendo has announced.

Sales of the 2DS model, launched alongside Pokemon X and Y on October 12, will be included in next month’s sales report.

Sales of Wii U hardware—which recently received a $50 price cut and a limited edition The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD bundle—increased over 200 percent in September over August, with only 15 days of data being reported at the new price.

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  • Invisbin

    Can’t deny Nintendo makes money, regardless if its mostly from cashuals or not.

  • jujubee88

    Ah, crap. I this was an NPD full chart thing. Sony has said VITA sales have increased since E3 and I wanted to see how that looked like.

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Once again, congrats on Nintendo for making a really awesome handheld. Sure they messed up at the start of the 3DS, but they came back and look at it now. Hopefully the Vita will come close to this after doing stuff here and there. The Vita should be better than the PSP.

    • Xaltmas

      I don’t think the Vita will ever really pick up, unless the Vita TV takes off.

      It’s found it’s niche though, so it isn’t all bad.

      • Bobby Jennings

        I think it will…in Japan anyway.

    • $18114340

      It sort of confirms my personal bias that the real problem with video game consoles is the pricing. The 3DS just was not an attractive product at $250 USD, and once they lowered the price the sales really picked up. We’re sort of seeing the same thing with the Vita now. Sure, part of it is that there are more games to play, but I look at the price of the 3DS now — $170 — and it’s kind of intimidating to me how anybody could have been willing to pay $250 at launch.

      • http://www.hush404.com hush404

        Right. Price is everything. $250, I feel, is too much for either handheld. $199 max at launch and honestly $129 seems to be the super sweet spot. Both have some really awesome games.

  • AdamBoy64

    Wow, the 3DS is a lot more successful than in the West than I thought.
    Congratulations Nintendo.

  • Xaltmas

    Maybe Nintendo will actually be able to drag the Wii U to Gamecube-level sales after all.

  • Claude

    I wonder how high it will go with the Pokémon/2DS sales next month.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    “in August” —> “in September over August”


  • Elvick

    That’s not hard. The other consoles are old as days as far as console life cycles go. 3DS is the ‘oldest’ next gen console, but the most appealing for being cheapest and having good games.

    If it maintains it over PS4 and Xbox One, then it’ll be worth mentioning. As it is now, it’s just beating hardware that’s 6-7 years old. Well, aside from Vita and Wii U, but those two have various problems but that’s another topic.

    • AdamBoy64

      It’s interesting about age. The 3DS is newer, but the PS3 and 360 are – like 10x more powerful? Probably more.

      So if it’s age in terms of ‘technological prowess’, then that wouldn’t be the reason the 3DS is selling better.

      • http://www.hush404.com hush404

        I don’t think it has much to do with technically hardware specs or age, it’s really about the games out and coming out for respective systems. Nintendo has put a ton of their effort and love into the game lineup for the 3DS and it shows in sales. The WiiU seems to have less of that effort/love and it shows in it’s sales. The spike, Im afraid (thats my view), (for the WiiU) won’t continue and is merely an effect caused by the $50 price cut.

        Games ship systems. Right now, the PS3/360 are winding down as Sony/Microsoft amp up their new systems, the WiiU is still in that ‘promise land’ where huge system selling games are a little scarce and the 3DS is riding the wave hard on Pokemon, Monster Hunter and the like.

      • Elvick

        Not exactly sure what your point is.

        I was just saying that sales for PS3/360 are falling because their successors are coming out

        3DS doesn’t have the age. It’s cheap, it’s got new models and special editions to keep it appealing, it’s got games and there’s no reason to wait and buy it’s successor because there isn’t one in sight. So why wouldn’t the hardware sales outpace 6-7 year old hardware (PS3/360) with successors coming right around the corner?

        The trend is always that in the later years of a generation, sales fall. This is just a sign of that. I would be very surprised if the 3DS continues it’s streak with PS4/XBox One released. I don’t really doubt it might top the charts here and there after they come out, but I can’t imagine it gaining another streak like this. Let alone continuing with this one against the hype of next gen.

        • AdamBoy64

          Nah, it was more just trying to clarify your view more than oppose it.

          I thought your point was that the 3DS was selling better because it was newer, and I wasn’t sure what you meant by that.

          It will be interesting to see how the 3DS goes when the PS4/X1 are out. Quite interesting indeed.

          I can understand if the 3DS didn’t top the charts when the last two next-gen consoles release, but it’ll also be interesting to see what the sales figures are after all the next gen hype dies down.

          My thought is that Nintendo’s handhelds have a lot of staying power in the market. Guess only time will tell.

    • miyamoto

      more kids are playing and the more adults are working instead of playing in these difficult times. the adults also have less time to spend with their kids so they give them kids toys.

  • AdamBoy64

    Looks the Wii U is picking up sales quite a bit. It’d be interesting to see how it keeps up after the release of Wind Waker HD and Super Mario 3D World.

    It’s good signs though.

  • 罪罰
    • AdamBoy64

      Lolz. Love it.
      Good ol’ Western gaming media. :)

  • rainelee

    Nintendo always dominates the handhelds. Not surprised at all.

  • penemue

    I’m happy that Nintendo handheld consoles are still selling well, (it has some great software, despite myself personally not liking the console itself,) however I feel as though seeing these articles every month, it’s a little bit, well obvious. The 3DS is competing against 7 year old home consoles, which people shouldn’t even be buying considering their successors are a month away, So it’s really not surprising, and it’s usually only a few thousand ahead of the 360 and PS3. (Although I expect there to be a huge surge because of Pokemon.) I mean sure it has the Vita too but, Sony made a choice to support the PS4 instead of the Vita, and had Nintendo done the same I’m sure the Wii U would be in the place the 3DS is, and vice versa. Anyway, just thought I’d poke in see if anyone else thought the same thing.

    • tubers

      I think the 3DS will still sell pretty high after the launch window sales spike from the PS4 and X1.

      Different price bracket is also a factor.

      • $18114340

        Not to mention different market demographic. Handheld systems are competing more with mobile devices than home consoles. History (the PSP and Vita, specifically) has demonstrated that many home console owners (in the west, at least) really aren’t interested in portable gaming, or don’t view it as being an alternative to console gaming, so I don’t think too many people consider them to be competing purchases.

        • http://gamewise.co/ Nick Pantazis

          I don’t agree they are competing with mobile devices more than home consoles. The people spending money on Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Resident Evil, Kingdom Hearts, etc. are not the ones dropping cash on F2P Candy Crush crap. The Vita and PSP failed in the West because Western home console owners see handhelds as SUPPLEMENTS to their consoles rather than direct competitors, but they’re definitely going for that “core gamer” dollar.

  • $27764484

    I can’t be the only person questioning these numbers. I absolutely believe Nintendo when they claim they out sold all other consoles for four of those five months. The month I do not believe is September. I just don’t believe that the 3DS outsold the Xbox 360 in North America on the month that Grand Theft Auto 5 was launched.

    Am I just reading this wrong? Do they actually mean worldwide? Do they mean March – August? Or are they using some statistical trick?

    I really wish that they included more detail.

    • http://gamewise.co/ Nick Pantazis

      Nope. These are official NPD numbers. They are indpendent and not created by Nintendo. GTAV did increase PS360 sales, but the 3DS has been picking up steam for a long time, and 95% of GTAV buyers already owned those consoles.

      So, yep, 3DS still outsold PS360.

  • Eder García

    it seems that the GTA V bulldozer didn’t help PS360 hardware sales

  • Robbyfishersora

    Nintendo still making money.