Nintendo 3DS XL Sells 193,000 In Opening Weekend In Japan

By Ishaan . July 31, 2012 . 8:30am

This past Saturday (July 28th), Nintendo released the Nintendo 3DS XL in Japan, alongside New Super Mario Bros. 2. In its first two days on shelves, the 3DS XL sold 193,441 units, according to figures from Famitsu publisher Enterbrain.


Meanwhile, New Super Mario Bros. 2 sold 430,185 copies in its first two days.


As per usual, the top-20 software sales chart for the week, along with full hardware numbers, will be available on Wednesday, courtesy of our usual go-to sales tracker Media Create.

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  • Xapth

    Now how many AC adapters sold this weekend was that?

    I kid, I’m glad it’s off to a good start! 

    I’m jealous of their available colors too, that Silver/Black and especially the White one.

    •  Probably almost none.  Everyone has a 3DS in Japan it feels like.

      • Solomon_Kano

        I’d agree that there probably weren’t many adapters sold, but I don’t think people owning a 3DS would be the reason though. I can’t imagine that the LL would’ve sold this much if these were all people who already owned a 3DS.

        They won’t sell many adapters because everyone in Japan has a DSi.

  • Going forward, Nintendo First Party sales won’t be as high i would assume since you can get digital copies.  It felt like half the world was downloading Mario when it came out.

    • Suicunesol

      That is assuming the Japanese want a downloadable version. I read somewhere here that the Japanese weren’t fans of downloadable games?

    • malek86

      I don’t think digital sales will be too high, especially because I’ve read that retailers are actually pricing the digital version higher than the physical one.

      • MrRobbyM

        Not saying I don’t believe you, but that just doesn’t make an ounce of sense.

        • It makes total sense, actually. The last thing retailers want to do is push more people toward downloadable goods.

          • TiredOfMyOldUsername

            Only reason i see why they wouldn’t like digital is because of the potential used sales lost.

          • Well, it’s potentially encouraging people to stop coming into the store, since these games can be bought directly off the eShop without retailer codes, too.

          • TiredOfMyOldUsername

            I think retailer code is more for peoples who don’t want or can’t use credit card online.
            Even if they can buy directly from eshop, for that they need prepaid card, so no matter what they would need to go to a retailer anyway.

          • MrRobbyM

            I mean, yeah, it makes sense but just as @malek86:disqus said, Nintendo really should have put their foot down on the prices instead of retailers pricing it whatever they please. Better for the retailers of course, but it kind of ruins the point of digital versions being sold through retailers.

        • malek86

          I know, it doesn’t make much sense. I was surprised too when I read it.


          Essentially, it seems that the digital versions bought in stores tend to cost more and also give you less points/discounts.

          Perhaps stores are trying to sway people from digital purchases? After all, if their customers get used to buying the digital copy, they might eventually get comfortable and start buying the games directly from the eShop instead, cutting the middleman. I remember retailers boycotted the PSP Go too, although it was kind of a different case.

          Maybe Nintendo should have put their foot down on the matter, instead of letting retailers set the prices however they wanted.

  • SirRichard

    Not a bad start by any means, especially if they’re profiting off these from the get go. New Super Mario Bros 2 is off to a fairly good start, though maybe not as electric as I’d thought it would be.

  • All those poor JP people. Did nobody tell them that the XL won’t be able to play their domestically released titles? They should have been more careful, and gone for the LL.

    • MrRobbyM

      L o L

  • LittleMofreaky

    can’t wait to get my red 3DS XL on the 19th

  • XypherCode

    And who said only the original DS prints money?
    Cha-Ching! $_$

  • Also ironic that the main Siliconera page shows a Blue system, the one color JP didn’t get. =P

    • Haha, that never even occurred to me.

  • LittleMofreaky


  • Solomon_Kano

    Incredible. Not too surprising, but incredible. I’m interested to see what the total 3DS sales look like for the week.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Hmmm, the number is not really “WOW” here lol. It makes me wonder if most of Japanese gamer already get their own 3DS lol.^_^

    Well considering this is only 2 days sold number, i hope to see that the number will increase more there.^_^

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