Nintendo 3DS Sells 540,000 Units In November In The U.S.

By Ishaan . December 6, 2012 . 4:52pm

The Nintendo 3DS sold “nearly 540,000” units in the U.S. during the month of November, Nintendo shared with Siliconera in an e-mail today.


As previously reported, 250,000 units of that figure was sold during Black Friday week. While 540,000 isn’t a bad figure, it’s a fair bit lower than last year’s 795,000 number.


Nintendo say the 3DS’ lifetime sales in the U.S. are at nearly 6.5 million to date.


Meanwhile, in its first week on store shelves, the Wii U sold over 425,000 units, nearly matching the Wii’s first-week sales of 475,000 in November 2006. New Super Mario Bros. U sold 243,000 copies during the same period, which gives it an attach rate of 60% with the new console.


With regard to Nintendo’s older systems, Nintendo DS sold over 370,000 units in the U.S. The DS is close to crossing the 53-million mark in the U.S. in the next few days. Meanwhile, the Wii sold 420,000 units in November, bringing it to 40 million units in the U.S.

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    • Norman Fong Ochoa

      As right as the mayas when they predicted the end onf the world on this month…
      Eat your words.

        • kylehyde

          All right, are you trying to defend your “argument” with an article that was released more than a year ago? Many things changed man. Currently the 3DS is not selling at lost as it was duing most of the last year, and even if it didn’t meet the expectations on the NA region (cause in Europe and Japan it meet them and even surpassed them on Japan), the numbers were positive and thats from the last fiscal report that was published on october of this year.

          • I swear, some people ruin the internet for others. Thanks for that.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Stop baiting here.

      • I’m sorry that you read absolutely no game news.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          I think that is quite enough. This isn’t a place we make outlandish statements, base them off a single year and a half old article and respond with more snark when folks try to engage you in conversation. You’ve been here long enough to know the rules.

  • Ganali Castillo

    Wow 3ds is doing bad ? Anyone hear about the VITA or heck the psp?

    • Brandon001

      those numbers arent bad sales, quite the opposite

    • kylehyde

      Not exactly bad. However I will put them on the O.k. zone. Certainly they still need software that can move the sales (on the U.S territory). Nintendo will need to increase the flow of software for the next year, and that means no more delays on development or in publish titles.

      About the vita, well still theres not a concrete number, just an estimation that ranges between 210,000-215,000. But as I said, is just an estimation, we have to wait until sony provides the real numbers.

    • What Kyle said. They aren’t bad, they’re okay. They could be better, but a more consistent flow of software would be required for that which is difficult because the majority of decent portable games software comes from Japan and requires time to localize.

  • YourAshyAss_Elbows

    Want to sell more?

    • AuraGuyChris

      Sorry. This isn’t the Vita.

      • YourAshyAss_Elbows

        I’m definitely getting one. This shit has dragged on long enough!!! They are keeping everything ‘too hush-hush’, including the 3rd party developers!

  • darkfox1

    I may not be a business expert but I think Nintendo is doing fine. I guess they just don’t feel the same way.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I see the decrease in sales here is surely caused by Nintendo themselves not having good and interesting bundle compared to last year.

    If Nintendo actually put that Pokemon special edition bundle on Black Friday, even without the sales, i believe it will sales crazily well.

    But the lower sales can also be caused by Wii U launching causing Nintendo to focus more of their marketing power to promote Wii U or even moving 3DS a bit away from spot light to avoid 3DS canibalizing Wii U sales.

    In the end, not bad sales but not really great too. Hope next year Nintendo will be able to bring more big guns and sales much more in the same period time.^_^

  • riceisnice

    Sometimes, I wish I were like other people. Not having to care about console sales. Just being an oblivious person buying something that looked appealing to him and being genuinely surprised and having fun. I ruin everything!

    • tubers

      Ignorance is bliss. :(

      Future perspective for hefty dev support for a specific console is overrated. xD

    • YourAshyAss_Elbows

      If sales didn’t affect the longevity of the system, I’d definitely would love to be in that frame of mind. Looking at all those released titles over seas has given us an unfair view of the 3DS in a sense. I wish third party developers would simultaneously translate and release their games here

    • I’m not sure I understand what you mean hun :P Care to explain?

  • Domii

    Nice 3DS numbers Ninty. Now please start focusing on a better stream of software releases.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      They do have great stream of software………sadly most of stays in Japan.T_T
      Lets see whether next year things is going to change or not. After all, Monhun is coming and of course Fire Emblem too.^_^

      • Domii

        That’s the thing. It means jack for us here if they don’t localize “all those games”. So for now, outside of a few first party games, they almost have nothing here imo.

  • I was one of them.

    Except I got a deal on mine better than most people. I’d do the same for Vita if they would cut down on their memory price…and I’m a BIG investor in Sony often times.

  • Zefiro Torna

    I wonder if a lack of new 3DS XL colors might have also contributed significantly. There’s still the same red+black and blue+black colors from launch, and the white+pink bundle obviously doesn’t appeal to everyone. Believe me, if purely black or white or silver XLs were available, I’d finally find myself upgrading to an XL. And yeah, yeah, expected remark about us not wanting white or silver hardware goes here.

    On the 3DS software front, it also doesn’t help that any of the significant releases of recent were well known about for quite some time. Therefore, most people interested had likely already purchased the hardware. This past E3 (for example) didn’t really have any major holiday season targeted releases DEBUT at the show, we were mostly shown that Paper Mario was in its final stretch and stuff like Luigi’s Mansion were getting there.

    This also reminds me of the brief DS software droughts that occurred around Wii launch time, so history is possibly kinda sorta repeating itself…

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    10% less sales is not what I would say is nearly matching. No other Wii U games attached to gamers? I thought NintendoLand would be the next WiiSports, perhaps Wii Fit U will be like Wii Fit or will it also not do that well? I dont know, seems like Nintendo may need to ramp up getting killerapps for Wii U (or trying to release four Mario franchise titles every other quarter)…but looking at Pikmin 3 and more, seems stuff is gonna be delayed.

    • sd28

      you do realise Nintendo land is bundled with the deluxe model which is the model that is selling the most .

      • XYZ_JolteonZ980

        But everyone didnt buy a delux model.

  • Elvick

    I think attach rate talk at launch is a bit silly. I haven’t seen much advertising the Wii U as a media center, so I’d assume that most are going to be buying it for some games. And if you are, of course you’d buy a game with it.

    Doesn’t mean you’ll continue to buy games for the next 5 years though.

    • Herok♞

      well some of that could include the fact that they may be ignoring the fact that the deluxe comes with a game

  • its the f’n price on the games! When I first heard about the 3ds 250 I knew it wasn’t going to fly off right away. Because Nintendo fans grew up with Nintendo charging them cheap prices for their games and systems! Also a idea that apple is taking from nintendo is ”time” which nes and snes has which ”time” based on how easy it is to beat a game and still have ”time” to do the things you need to do in life like work, have family time ect. Now we have games on these systems that are big open world games that take months to beat! Just image you have all 10 new games and all of them are big open world games! How many out of the 10 you are going to beat huh? This is a problem that needs to stop because today’s life style we don’t have enough time to play long hours of open world games. I wish Nintendo focused on this because apple is taking idea from what made Nintendo so popular back in the 80’s and 90’s! Look how final fantasy is poorly doing because over the years it was short and then expanded to open world making later FF games longer to make. When people where waiting for these long games which saw delays, newer games that came out that has less time to beat and addictive game play took over. and when FF games or other well known games came out, some people lost taste over it because another game captured their taste! Will these games ever give us ”time” to beat the games or charge us $60 games that we might even beat and find out another $60 good game comes out right around the corner!

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