Nintendo 3DS Sales Reach 15 Million In Japan

By Ishaan . January 28, 2014 . 1:22am

Nintendo 3DS sales in Japan have crossed 15 million units, reports That figure accounts for both Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL.


While that is an impressive figure, Nintendo 3DS sales were down year-over-year in 2013, which is something Nintendo will need to address in the months to come.


This Thursday, Nintendo are expected to announce an initiative to put mini games and apps—which will effectively serve as demos—based on their titles on smartphones, to encourage more people to buy their hardware and games.

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  • Tonton Ramos

    That’s great at all but the question is will there be a January Nintendo Direct… coz January is almost ending and I’m still worried about Nintendo especially any words from Bayonetta 2, Zelda WiiU, X and Smash Bros. 4 newcomer character announcements :(

    P.S. Keep it up Nintendo I know you will do well…

    • Sayanthan Kanathipan

      I’m worried as well. Mario Kart 8 is coming soon, but there is no new info or a definite release date. I know they’ll come through but I can’t help but worry.

      • I don’t think there’s much to worry on. Nintendo, at recent, has really been trying to not say a date unless if it’s a week to a month or so before it. It lessens the pressure and makes certain they’ll have it out when it’s ready– not when they’re /expected/ to have it out.

        They don’t want a repeat of situations like Twilight Princess, where they gave an estimate release date, and it didn’t come until a year after their estimate.

    • If there isn’t one soon, there’ll probably be one the first week of February. Regardless of which, people are gonna be paying pretty close attention to their end-of-quarter overview.

      • Morningstar

        Especially those waiting for Bank.

        • Haha, well yeah, but hey, at least they rolled that back out now in Asian countries. They said themselves they were gonna be spreading out it’s implementation to avoid another eShop/Nintendo ID rush. It’s likely either we or Europe will end up getting it by the first week of February, but I’d expect it’s very much gonna be one or the other.

    • CervantesPR

      the wii u is failing and not even smash bros can save it

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Its failing because it doesnt have enough games. Remember the console sold the most it ever has last december off the backs of 3D World

        • CervantesPR

          It dosent have enough games and will never have enough games, 3rd partys are not supporting it.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            And what would third party support matter if people dont want their games? Cant have it both ways people.

      • anthony apduhan

        I don’t believe you! The Power of Megaman will prevail!

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  • Weeb

    Looks like Nintendo is doomed.

    • Grape Monet

      How did you come to that conclusion from the above article?

      • PreyMantis

        I think he’s/she’s being sarcastic…

      • Weeb

        Sarcasm doesn’t convey well over the internet.

    • Morningstar

      They will be if they don’t give an answer to the most importaint question in the universe:

      “When the hell is PokeBank coming out?!”

  • tubers

    How is this compared to the DS and PSP?

    “initiative to put mini games and apps—which will effectively serve as demos—based on their titles on smartphones”

    Woah? Smartphones?


    nvm.. found the answer on how it’s tracking compared to DS and PSP.

    Thx anyway.

    • It’s around 5 million units from reaching total PSP sales to date.

      • tubers


        Do we have data how much it’s doing in the same year DS was in? Is it tracking above the PSP during the similar time frame?

        I guess after next year it would pass the PSP huh.

        • That I’m afraid I’m not entirely certain of, off the top of my head. I’ll have to search around for Media Create data from a few years ago, as I don’t have that info on hand.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            DS was around 19 million in year 3

  • yukisama

    poor vita :(

    • Croix Zapp

      As an owner of both.

      i would say vita would get better this year with disgaea 4, demon gaze, conception, toukiden, danganronpa, FF10 etc.

      3DS was great with FE, MH, pokemon…but the only upcoming game i look forward to is only Bravely default.

      So why pick 1 when you can have both? =x

      • John Diamond

        cos i dont have that sort of money


        >disgaea 4, demon gaze, conception,
        sorry but no. vita sales will not get better with these games

      • Herok♞

        Seeing as Conception is mutiplat you can’t really say thats a point for the Vita…

    • Grape Monet

      At least the Vita’s still getting games. I don’t think support for it will dry up for quite a while.

    • Eder García

      yeah, Vita is getting tons of Software despite its bad sales… poor Vita.

  • Suzaku Kururugi

    I am still holding back from getting a 3DS, as I can’t shake the feeling of some sort of price drop or new model looming.

    • idrawrobots

      There is always something new coming. You gotta take the plunge at some point. Maybe wait to see what they show at e3 but that is a ways away.

    • KoRLumen

      > 3DS comes out, holds back because newer model soon
      > 3DS XL comes out, holds back because newer models probably
      > 3DS ____ maybe comes out, holds back because new handheld coming soon
      > New handheld from Nintendo announced, backwards compatible with 3DS games, no reason to get 3DS
      > New handheld comes out, holds back because newer model soon

      Get the picture? Just get the damn thing already lol, there’s more than enough justification to.

    • keithmaxx

      With that attitude, you’ll only see more and more games pass you by. You have to take the plunge now, it you’re gonna miss all those StreetPass bonuses! ;-)

      • Suzaku Kururugi

        Yeah. Pokemon X/Y was the first main game Pokemon release I missed since Red/Blue. Though that was because I actually didn’t have money. It’s pretty hard choosing what to get first between a Vita and 3DS, but I have seen some 150 dollar 3DSes on amazon and the other day I did say whichever I was able to find for 150 first to a friend… Can’t get it immediately, but if I can find that price(for a new one_ when I have the money I’ll definitely jump on it.

  • in JAPAN! that’ll never happen here in the US. wanna know why? THERES NOTHING GOOD TO PLAY!

    • LightZero

      Or you just trolling. There plenty of good games to get but it’s your lost.

      • not everyone likes to play mario and zelda >.>

        • Rikka

          >EOIV and EO Untold
          >Rune Factory 4
          >Animal Crossing: New Leaf
          >Harvest Moon:ANB
          >Professor Layton Miracle Mask
          >PW:Dual Desnties
          >Senran Kagura Burst
          >Devil Surivor:Overclocked
          >Devil Summoner:Soul Hackers
          >Kid Icarus Uprising
          >Kingdom Hearts DDD
          >Pokemon Y/X
          >Rhythm Thief

          Yeah, The library just mario and zelda. Suuure. ;)

    • Link

      Err its already sold nearly 12million in the US. Thats not that far behind Japan.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      3DS sold 43.2 million worldwide in 2 and 3/4’s years

  • Kazekage Gaara

    Where is our direct :( Your killing me here Iwata…..

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