Nintendo 3DS Sells 3.61 Million Units Worldwide, Has Two Platinum Selling Games

By Spencer . April 25, 2011 . 2:48am

nintendo3dsThe Nintendo 3DS reached 3.61 million units of sales worldwide between its debut in Japan on February 26 to March 31, 2011. This sales figure covers the North American and Europe launch days, which were at the tail end of Nintendo’s fiscal year.


Software sales for the Nintendo 3DS reached 9.43 million units. Two games broke past the million mark and became platinum sellers. Although, Nintendo did not announce which titles those were.


Nintendo DS had the highest hardware sales at 17.52 million units for this fiscal year, April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011, and 120.98 million units of software. Wii sold 15.08 million units worldwide with 171.26 million units of software.


Nintendo DS sales were 27.11 million units between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010, the previous fiscal year. DS software sales were 151.59 million units. Wii sales last fiscal year were a bit higher at 20.53 million units and 191.81 million units of software.

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  • It’s 100 percent Street Fighter and Nintendogs.

    • It could be Pilotwings and SF.

    • kylehyde

      you were right all the time.

      It has been confirmed that nintendogs+cats was on of the the million seller titles, at least according to the list that is reported on the nintendo fiscal record.

      however the list of million sellers only covers first party titles and nintendogs+cats being the only one that there, the other title must be a third party game and SSFIV probably is the other million seller title.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Well, they failed to achieve the 4 million units they intended to sell by the end of the fiscal year. Still, they came suprisingly close, especially considering the 3DS still hasn’t managed to exceed a million in Japan.

    • malek86

      The earthquake might have had some say on that.

      Still, you can’t just chalk it out to “impressively close”. Remember that Nintendo usually has a habit of making conservative predictions, in order to always achieve them (makes them look better to the investors). So it’s kind of interesting that this time they didn’t meet them.

      Anyway, this was launch time… we’ll have to see how things go from now onwards. The early adopters craze is pretty much over, and the only things left are few games and a high price tag.

      Nintendo will need some new games for the console, soon. Zelda is not that much of a system seller. No wonder Iwata wants that Mario game out before the end of 2011.

      • lostinblue

        Zelda is a pretty good system seller. suffices to say ocarina of time sold 8 million on the N64 alone. It’s like saying FF7 remake wouldn’t be a system seller when a lot of people would buy it just out of nostalgia.

        But yeah new Mario is more important in the equation.

        • Twilight Princess solds Wii’s? Spirit Tracks sold DS Lites? I dont think it is that much of a system seller, sadly.

          • lostinblue

            I believe Twilight Princess helped to sell a lot of Wii’s in the beginning. Don’t forget the systems initial adopt rate is not masses but enthusiasts driven, the prospect of a Zelda, timed exclusive to it, made it sell really good, don’t forget it sold 6 million or so, whereas GC, who had a way bigger userbase back then just sold 1.5 million (and a lot of guys like me own both, for novelty reasons)

            As for Spirit tracks I’d say no, but you gotta see Zelda’s for the portables are typically less hyped and derivative/non-cannon.

            I haven’t played the DS zelda’s yet for instance, and I’m a pretty hardcore Zelda fan. I’m sure they’re great but they’re not main story ones.

        • malek86

          Zelda is not really much of a system seller in itself. It’s more like, people who want Zelda will almost invariably buy a Nintendo system, yes, but the number of Zelda fans apparently hasn’t really changed in the years. And I guess that most will have bought a 3DS already, no need to wait for the game launching after all. So, in the short run, we probably won’t see it make much of an impact. Not in Japan either, where the series seems underappreciated.

          While Mario attracts a lot of players, not just the fans, and especially people who don’t know much of the system will then be swayed into buying one.

          • lostinblue

            I reckon phantom hourglass and spirit tracks sold better in Japan than Zelda TP, OoT and any Zelda since aLttP, perhaps because they were more streamlined but that’s growth.

            Other than that, I really dunno, but I gotta say Zelda is not that stable because it often does unpredictable stuff and gets slammed by people for it; for instance Zelda WW clearly suffered for it’s artstyle; and Twilight Princess benefitted from the muddy sepia textures it used, sadly. Anyway, the franchise is in a very good place in Nintendo’s hierarchy coming second only to Mario games.

            I’d reckon it’s a system seller, for sure.

          • malek86

            I think TP benefitted more from being a launch game, just like Mario 64 sold more than Galaxy despite the userbase difference. Of course Mario 64 was also helped by having little competition during launch. But then, so was TP.

  • Well seems like, as everyone expected, that they missed their target, though at least it was just buy .4 mln. Though I wish they gave a country or regional breakdown.

    • Japan: 1,060,000
      The Americas: 1,320,000
      Other: 1,230,000

      Taken from:
      First PDF file (92KB size) – Page 16

      Japan’s numbers are somewhat close to what Media Create tracked so far.
      America’s numbers are 3x the amount of units sold in March (NPD group reported 400,000), So either the thing sold like crazy after March, or Nintendo’s numbers are based on units sold to retailers, not to consumers.

      • Close to 900K sold in the Americas since the end of March? Thats kind of shocking. But wow, I didnt think it would pass JPN sales in just one month.

        • Joanna

          I’m not surprised. 3DS and 3DS software has been getting the cold shoulder in Japan. Whereas I’ve seen lots of enthusiasm here (yes anecdotal, but still my hunch seems to be right based on these numbers).

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    Probably was Street Fighter and Nintendogs…but then again, there are three versions of the latter. Surely they don’t lump the sales of all three together. My second guess would be…I dunno. Those two seem to be the logical choices.

    • Exkaiser

      I think MediaCreate does lump them together, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen their listings.

  • Pretty impressive when you factor in the earthquake in Japan, the overall price of the console, the release of Pokemon B/W in the west, and 3DS launching lineup. Now Nintendo let’s get some games out the uses 3D the way it was meant to.

    • Odd, cant recall that in the world of business that it is impressive to miss shipment expectations by 390K units.

  • PrinceHeir

    i bet if Pokemon Black and White were 3DS launch games, everything would have been sold out O_O

  • Has to be Street fighter, can’t see it being anything else!

  • Personally I don’t see how you can discredit phantom hourglass or spirit tracks as not being main story. These two titles continue the story that was presented in Wind Waker. And given the nature of Zelda titles most of them are in a way singular stories. With very few actually connecting save for those like ocarina and its sequal majora’s mask. Part of the reason there has been much debate over a official timeline which has been said to exit by Big N officials. But if you do get the chance I highly recommend both ds zelda titles.

    • Joanna

      Not to mention Minish Cap seems to have some sort of connection to the upcoming Skyward Sword. I’m assuming this based on the legend in Minish Cap about a sword coming from the sky. Maybe during the GB/C era (Link’s Awakening and the Oracle games) it was true that they weren’t taken seriously, but GBA onwards seems like the games are just as much canon Zelda games as the console counterparts.

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