LEGO City Undercover For 3DS Sells 90,000 Copies At Launch

By Ishaan . May 16, 2013 . 4:30pm

LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins saw a strong launch in the U.S. last month. Nintendo of America say the game sold 94,000 copies during the month of April following its April 24th launch. That’s counting both retail and download sales.


Meanwhile, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon sold another 140,000 copies in April. The game has sold over sold 530,000 copies in the U.S., counting both retail and download sales.


Sales of Nintendo 3DS first-party software are up 52% in 2013 thus far, according to NOA. In 2012, it took 30 weeks for 3DS to sell 2 million units of first-party software. In 2013, it’s reached that figure in 18 weeks. Approximately 2.1 million units of first-party 3DS software have been sold from January through April in the U.S.


Nintendo of America did not provide April hardware sales figures for the 3DS, instead mentioning only that it maintained its “torrid pace”. As previously reported, Nintendo aim to sell 18 million 3DSes worldwide from March 2013 – March 2014.


Finally, New Super Mario Bros. U has sold 770,000 copies in the U.S., again counting both retail and download sales of the game. The game has been on the market for six months.


  • malek86

    What does “torrid pace” even mean? I’m serious. I can’t understand if it’s supposed to be good or bad.

    Anyway, NPD commentary seems to say the 3DS is lower than 130k, which would put it below April 2012 despite the launch of MH3U and Lego Undercover. Now, Nintendo absolutely needs Pokemon to work its magic, because nothing else seems to be working.

    • AuraGuyChris

      Definitions for Torrid:
      1. Very hot and dry.
      2. Full of passionate or highly charged emotions arising from sexual love.
      I’ll just assume the sales are so hot that it makes you want to have sex…

      • ronin4life


      • With a menopausal lady going by that first description

    • I would imagine Monster Hunter didn’t drive hardware because anyone that wanted that game already owned a 3DS by then. I think at this point, it’s a question of reaching those harder-to-reach people and the other “core gaming” people the system isn’t reaching yet.

      • kylehyde

        I think that this is going to happen until pokemon gets released. Even that awesome software is coming soon, I don’t think that they make a big boost, but who knows, maybe some title could give us the surprise in the form of a small but significant boost (animal crossing?, Mario and Luigi?, SMTIV, all right maybe the last one is more a wild wish but it would cool if this game make it happen).

        • Yeah, I think Pokémon will help. Beyond that, I think they need games to attract more diverse audiences. I think more Square Enix games would help with that, in part.

      • RovCal

        take me for example. i will buy the 3ds on the very day when bravely default gets released.

  • kylehyde

    I’m happy that luigi’s mansion: dark moon is doing better than I expected, I hope that this success could help that nintendo works more closely with this studio in other franchises.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Good sell for Lego City and Luigi Mansion there.^_^
    While Lego City does have the same long loading problem, i have been enjoying this game so much.^_^ Especially with Chase Mccain being so funny everytime lol.

  • steinhauershawn

    I surprised the low res “GameCube Quality” one on 3DS sold more than the hi res “PS3 quality” one on the Wii U.

    • Ibi Salmon

      I’m not. After all, many more people own a 3DS when compared to the people that own a Wii U.

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