Nintendo 3DS Tops Hardware Sales In U.S. In May [Update]

By Ishaan . June 17, 2013 . 3:30pm

The Nintendo 3DS was the best-selling videogame platform in the U.S. during the month of May, Nintendo of America shared this afternoon.


Nintendo did not provide 3DS sales figures for the month of May, however. Instead, they pointed to the success of 3DS software (again, without providing sales figures) for the month.


Update: Microsoft have announced that Xbox 360 sold 114,000 units during May, so Nintendo 3DS sales were higher than that figure.


“The launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on May 23 and another strong month for Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon helped Nintendo 3DS software sales in stores increase by more than 60 percent over the same time last year,” Nintendo’s statement reads.


“Nintendo 3DS also had two of the top three best-selling software SKUs for the month, with Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at No. 2 and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon at No. 3.”


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  • Noor Mahmoud

    Nintendo is obviously going to go under.

    • Virevolte

      Then I’ll cry.

    • Herok♞

      yup that is what definitely happens when people have successful products on the market.

    • mirumu

      Haha, those comments were the first thought that came to my mind too.

      What I find interesting isn’t so much that it outsold the 360 and PS3 in the US, the day in the sun for those consoles is nearing it’s end. It’s more that the great smartphone armageddon which supposedly made dedicated gaming handhelds obsolete hasn’t managed to keep the 3DS down. Seems pretty clear that the right product at the right time will still sell like hot cakes.

      • SerendipityX

        Not to mention the influence of The Villager…

        • mirumu

          Those eyes, that smile…


    • Shane Guidaboni

      Uh, what?

  • Solomon_Kano

    It’s hard for me to be interested in who topped the charts without numbers. It makes things less interesting, but congratulations to Nintendo anyway. Though I’d really like to know exactly how well Luigi did for the month…

  • James Enk

    it good news for Nintendo even though i don’t care if they are first or last in sales as long as they are in good shape to create great games and products

  • IF Nintendo ever went under I rather wish they NEVER sell their IPs to anyone can’t have some fool tarnish the greatness that is Mario, Zelda and etc.

    • Kaihaku

      Yes! Nintendo is committed to artistic vision and quality. Sometimes that leads to strange decisions and often that leads to delays, but there’s no arguing with the results.

      • remote_viewer

        Well, actually…

  • Minos

    …Where are the news?

  • epy

    I’m glad when Nintendo does well. Despite all the beef I had with them during their Wii days, the quality of their first party titles is unrivaled. Other companies would have ruined them ten times over by now.

  • Wait what

    I bought my 3DS XL in May. I am part of this statistic.

    • Kaihaku


    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well, hope you enjoy your 3DS there.^_^ And of course welcome to the club here lol.

      Prepare your bodies for upcoming SMT4 i guess?^_^

    • patapongirl

      I bought the Animal Crossing bundle so… it makes me part of the the stats too.

      It’s also my first Nintendo system. I was so wrong to assume that the hardware matters the most.

  • dragoon_slayer12

    I don’t know why people keep saying Nintendo is done…. I think Microsoft would pull out before the big N. Namely cuz of the handheld division. I don’t own a Wii U, but I think next year they’ll really deliver for it, especially in 1st party titles.

    As for 3ds, I purchased mine day 1, have over 40 digital titles, purchased over 30 physical titles, and call it THE best console next to the SNES, and it’s only been 2 years. And no, I’m not a fan boy, I’ve owned every console since the NES (excluding jaguar and Saturn, the later cuz of a stupid store associate…. Almost had it). I bought the 1 week advance Vita, and have purchased over 20 titles (all digital) for it, that’s excluding the psn exclusives like mutant blob and dokuro.

    Personally, I hate everything Microsoft has to offer (excluding Lost Odyssey, since somebody brought to my attention that Microsoft owns that IP), but their only serious IP’s are Gears of War, Halo, and Forza, as they screwed everything else to hell, and/or attempted something once, didn’t make money, then tossed it.

    • Somehow, I think it’s not so much that people think Nintendo is done. It’s more that they just wish for Nintendo to fail. Why? I have absolutely no clue. I’ve never seen them do anything wrong or anti-consumer as a company. Maybe some people just don’t like their games, but that’s hardly a reason to want a company to fail. I was actually surprised to see so much anti-Nintendo vitriol when I started looking at comments on mainstream websites. I never felt that way about any company before, but I find it weird that of the big three, people seem to want Nintendo to fail the most. Maybe it’s because they are primarily a Japanese company. There is a lot of prejudice going around on the internet.

      It’s just funny to see people continue spouting the same “Nintendoomed” nonsense at the beginning of every generation. It’s not even an issue for me if Nintendo doesn’t have huge third-party support because I buy more than one console each generation anyways. I would do it regardless of whether they had the majority of games on their systems or not.

      • dragoon_slayer12

        All honesty, I lost faith in the Wii, I think that was a horrible console. It’s success is due to its gimmicks really. It’s 1st party content was truly lacking. galaxy 1 and 2, Zenda TP and SS, metroid prime 3, dkcr, metroid other m, mario kart, think that’s all other than its sports, all in a console cycle. Wii U is about to complete it’s first full year, and it’s delivering(ed) New Super Mario, Mario 3d world, Wind Walker HD, DKC, with Kart 8 in the spring, and Smash most likely next year. And those are just on the top of the head. So it’s too early to count them out. I think, with this generation, Nintendo has decided to carry it’s own weight, and if others support it, then that’s better for both the business and the consumers

    • puggsly

      I’d guess the reason people are saying that is because the 3DS flopped at it’s introduction and it took a large price reduction to bring sales back to life and still it is selling far fewer units than it’s true direct competitor the iPod Touch which costs over twice as much. (competitor not in the game play but in the fact that most people will buy one or the other and not both). Combine that with sales of iPhones, Android phones, and iPads and the 3DS has some serious competition for the hearts and minds of developers.

      Also, the Wii U flopped without any new competition and this year it will go up against two new high end consoles and a dozen cheap android based ones so expectations from it are low to say the least. It is looking so bad the EA and Ubsoft just pulled all future development plans for the Wii U.

      So this is not some internet hate, it is a serious change in the market place that nintendo doesn’t seem ready to handle and looks to leave them as flat footed as they left their competitors when they introduced the wii.

  • Kaihaku

    But…but…Motley Fool said yesterday that, “Nintendo Is Making All the Wrong Moves and Throwing Away Its Future.” lol.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Congratz for Nintendo there.^_^ Even when they are under fire due to their Wii U doing terrible currently, at least their 3DS is already starting to get on their groove.

    Hope this trend will keep getting better and better as i would still love to see another dedicated handheld machine in the future.^_^

  • remote_viewer

    Now if Nintendo would pay some attention to Steam and see what has made that such a success for the PC, then apply those ideas to its 3DS and Wii U shops, get SNES and GBA games on the 3DS, etc… It’s nice to see that they’re doing well, especially since I’m one of those who bought a 3DS XL in May, but they could be making some much better decisions.

    • Link

      The eShop is already following in Steams footsteps. Its already in the same vein as Steam in terms of how indie’s getting games on there as well as having plenty of sales and developer control. The big catch for Steam though is that its open to the modding community, something Consoles wont be able to do without compromising themselves, and it has much more game support.

      • pressstart

        Maybe he’s referring to the coveted Account system. :P

  • Gilgamesh2025

    What a surprise …

  • Aristides

    This is good, handhelds need to sell in the US

  • puggsly

    How many units did they sell? The only real competitor to the 3DS is the iPod Touch and Apple sold like 6M of the last quarter. A secondary competitor would be the iPad mini which sold over 12M units. You could also argue that the iPhone and full size iPad eat into this market too but they have obvious other primary uses as do all of the Android based phones,

    So it is good to know that Nintendo 3Ds is selling well, but lets not over state how badly Nintendo needs to knock something out of the park if it doesn’t want to continue to shrink in size and importance.

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