Nintendo 3DS Sales Outpacing Game Boy Advance In Japan

By Ishaan . February 10, 2014 . 1:38pm

Recently, Nintendo 3DS sales in Japan surpassed 15 million. The device achieved this figure in its 154th week since release.


Japanese sales tracker Media Create report that this means the Nintendo 3DS is selling faster than the Game Boy Advance in Japan. The Game Boy Advance had sold around 11.64 million units by its 154th week, which puts 3DS significantly ahead.


Naturally, 3DS sales don’t hold up as well when compared to those of the Nintendo DS. The DS had sold around 20.16 million units by its 154th week in the Japanese market.


Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently stated that Nintendo 3DS would be the company’s main profit-driver for the next year, and that Nintendo will release
“many key titles” for the device this year.

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  • idrawrobots

    Well, the Advance I thought did really well, so this is good news right? I look forward to the 3DS XL SP (with built in circle pad pro).

    • ronin4life

      Won’t ever happen. No games use the damn thing… I went on Amazon, and they were charging a massive premium for CPP…

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        The reason it’s so high is because it’s not officially sold by or through Amazon. If you want it at regular price, you need to go to GameStop. or Nintendo’s Online Store

        • ronin4life

          I thought that might be the case…

          But the price was so ridiculous I couldn’t believe it. Only it being out of print made sense to me… and even then it was ridiculous.

      • idrawrobots

        It could have 70% brighter screens and an extra flip for just the controls?

  • Jungo

    For a second I thought this was talking about current sales, not lifetime…
    I don’t think anyone can expect them to recapture the flash in the pan success of the DS at this point, so I’m happy with this news. Hopefully they can recalibrate their expectations a bit now.

    • ronin4life

      I think the possibility exists that they had realistic internal expectations…
      That they threw for a loop to compensate for poor WiiU sales. The 3ds *NEEDED* to do as well as they projected publicly to offset WiiU losses.

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu
    • James Enk

      thank you:)

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Quite welcome ;3

    • KoRLumen

      Dude. You are officially my favourite person on Siliconera.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Sweet :>

        Lil ol bitty bot’s menstruation problems are getting some notoriety haha!!

        • Veratomos

          i was going to post this video ;P

          Revo is getting big, isnt he ;)

    • Yuuki

      who voted down??

  • tubers

    GBA? I miss gradeschool :(

    • Anesia Hunter

      i sure don’t. someone stole my atomic purple gbc the same year i got my gba.

      • AkuLord3

        Ahh the days of getting scared and some random dude snatching my friends gba…Good times (i miss my old hometown)

  • Zer0faith

    Ah yes the golden era of gaming when Nintendo dominated, not that they don’t anymore but back then they were truly the dream team of Gaming.

    • James Enk

      someone forgot Mr. Eiji Aonuma

  • Shippoyasha

    I think it makes sense considering home console market in Japan was much stronger back then compared to now and 3DS actually can boast some games utilizing the visuals more. GBA felt pretty limited in terms of its system power even back then.

  • Serge

    > “Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently stated that Nintendo 3DS will release “many key titles” for the device this year.”

    EDIT: Disqus hates me, if you want to see the image click the link above.

    • mojack411

      What’s the game above Ex Troopers? I haven’t seen that one I think. And wasn’t Time Travellers not that great apparently?

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        Beyond the Labyrinth. Published by Konami, developed by tri-Ace (Do I even need to say who composed the music? :P)
        edit: damn it Disqus, I wouldn’t have commented if I saw Reid’s post.
        (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻)

      • ReidHershel

        Beyond the Labyrinth
        Time Travelers had a great story, but boring gameplay.

        • idrawrobots

          I would play that.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            you just want them graphics

            Anyway. I made a list of what I want localized (20 garmes)

          • idrawrobots

            Where is it so I can judge it?

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            You have to find a Telly Tubby and look at it

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu
          • idrawrobots

            Seriously though. What is this list!

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Oh, its a word document I quickly put together when I realized every single Konami game published on the 3DS besides Labyrinth,Love Plus, Mahou,Yugioh and egh, Castlevania, has been a complete piece of shit
            (when I was looking over the 3rd party games that I feel should be localized)

          • NeptuniasBeard

            Someone must hate you man, they gave you as many downvotes as there are original pokemon

    • Lalum

      Nope, maybe, Europe, HAHAHA, maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe someday, nope.

    • British_Otaku

      Thanks for Time Travelers, Beyond the Labyrinth and E.X. Troopers getting a nod. :P

      I would rather everyone gets to enjoy them than me just having slowly developing my language skills and finishing them.

    • Göran Isacson

      We can hope, man. We can hope.

    • phayroent

      Unless he said “will release in the West”, I call BS. Time Travelers, Beyond the Labyrinth, and Digimon especially. The first two sold like crap, and Digimon has lost a lot of it’s fanbase in he US, even with the New cartoon showing here. And E.X. Troopers? Really?

      • Serge

        Why so pessimistic? There are a lot of games that sold poorly in Japan and came to US and EU.

        • Ultima-X

          He’s not being ‘pessimistic’ he’s being realistic. Can you honestly tell us, with a straight face that EVERY SINGLE ONE of those games will be localized to the West? A place where not only would they not know about these, but even care about them either?

    • Ultima-X

      All of this and more, you will NOT see on American shores!

    • Ultima-X

      All of this and more, you will NOT see on American shores.

  • Kazekage Gaara

    Do key titles include…oh idk a METROID GAME o.o

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Sure hope they make a Prime on the 3DS and a Fusion game in 3rd person on the WiiU

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    Ha and people still want Nintendo to go mobile

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