Nintendo 3DS Software Sales Reach 40 Million In U.S.

By Ishaan . August 15, 2014 . 8:29am

Following yesterday’s NPD Report for the month of July, Nintendo of America shared sales figures for some of Nintendo’s games in the U.S. market. You can find the full list below. It focuses entirely on Nintendo 3DS titles.


Mario Kart 7: 3.48 million

Super Mario 3D Land: 3.09 million

New Super Mario Bros. 2: 2.28 million

Pokémon X: 2.10 million

Pokémon Y: 2.01 million

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D: 1.39 million

Animal Crossing: New Leaf: 1.36 million

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon: 1.33 million

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: 1.09 million


Nintendo said over 40 million units of Nintendo 3DS software have been sold in the U.S. alone. Additionally, nine 3DS titles have sold at least 1 million copies in the U.S.


Nintendo also said that Mario Kart 8 for Wii U has crossed 1 million copies sold in the U.S., while New Super Mario Bros. U has sold 1.69 million copies.

  • 하세요

    And I still need to upgrade my NA to an XL. Kind of waiting for a good LE. Decisions, decisions…

    • Namuro

      How about the Zelda: A Link Between Worlds edition? That looks really nice.

      • 하세요

        I was initially going to get that, but I have the Rajang XL and I really don’t want two gold 3DS, lol.

        • Namuro

          Ooh nice! Mine’s the Gore Magala one.

          Maybe there’ll be a Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate limited edition?

          • 하세요

            That would excite my jimmies very much. I was hoping the Smash one would be better. I’ll hold out a little longer.

          • Namuro

            The Smash one was all right, but it’s a bit “bland” in my opinion. I mean it’s just the box art slapped onto the 3DS. The character roster-design reminds me of the One Piece one, which looks beautiful! But of course, it’s a Japan-only thing. LOL

          • 하세요

            I know, Japan gets all the damn good LEs ;=; I had major life decisions when I decided to settle for the Rajang one.

    • I grabbed the Mario and Luigi XL when the time came, myself. It’s been very nice for me!

    • Slickyslacker

      I want to get the Pikachu XL, but resellers are only selling it at twice its original price. :/

      My original model Cobalt is getting kind of beaten-up. It’ll be a while before I can finally get my XL.

  • Postnjam

    Why doesn’t the US like Pokemon Y, Y’s legendary rocks.

    • Namuro

      I don’t know Y, either… And you’d think people would go for the one with a more menacing-looking Pokémon on the cover. But really though, I think a lot of people wanted Mega Charizard X. LOL

      • Yan Zhao

        I bought X for Mega Charizard X, I wont deny that, lol.

      • 하세요

        That and even though Yveltal looked more badass, Fairy type countering Dragons was the hypest thing people wanted to own so they wanted to have Xerneas for that reason alone.

        Plus, none of us knew how stupid broken Geomancy would turn out to be. I regretted getting Y so damn fast.

      • Bobby Jennings

        A lot of people bought X just for Charizard. And then the fact that Xerneas was a fairy type.

        I went for Y cause of Yveltal and Y Mewtwo.

    • Xerneas >>>>>>>>>>>>> Yvetal

      • Bobby Jennings

        You could always get a Xerneas off of trades.

        I think Pokemon Y was superior imo

    • doubleO7

      With few exceptions, the name that’s said first when talking about each generation has generally sold better. Diamond and Pearl. Diamond sold better. X and Y. X sold better. Ruby and Sapphire. Ruby sold better. I guess a lot of people that can’t decide between the two just buy the first version that pops into their head.

      I believe the main exception to this was Silver selling better than Gold, most likely because of the movie that boosted Lugia’s popularity.

      • Postnjam

        When Ruby and Sapphire came out, I swear in my neighbourhood, the girls had Sapphire and the boys had Ruby, no exception.

      • triablos

        I think it’s because of the title monsters. GENERALLY, people prefer dialga over ****hea- I mean palkia, Groudon over Kyogre, Lugia over Ho-oh.

        XY was different. Because charizard X and Mewtwo X both are generally cooler than the Y versions. If you pay attention to the fan base, charizard X was a major player in decisions for many.
        My guess is the poor fairy deer had little to do with people buying X more.

        Me, I bought X first (I like xerneas), then Y later.

    • 60hz


    • Probably because “X” sounds cooler than “Y”. Yveltal is definitely the “cooler” looking legendary, so I can only imagine it has more to do with the title.

  • Namuro

    Awesome! Keep it goin’ and rollin’ Nintendo!

    I’m really curious to see what number Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate can get in the US alone…

    • Tarkovsky

      I still can’t believe MH4 alone outsold the entire list we have here. Not sure how well MH4U will do in NA but I’m gonna guess 100-150k.

      • Namuro

        The first week sale figure? What was MH3U’s first week sale figure anyway, do you remember?

      • Herok♞

        I wouldn’t say that seeing as these are only the U.S. figures while most of these have sold at least a million in Japan

      • MH3U in America is already over 300k.

        • Namuro

          Sorry to ask the same question again, but what was the sale figure for MH3U when it was launched in the US?

  • It’s really the only current-gen console I have and I haven’t looked back. It’s been worth the investment.

    • JMaster3000

      Sadly it didn’t meet my expectations :/ (European) so i got myself a PS3.

      • Ash_Riot

        Yeah, this year has been a bit rubbish for us Euros…the lack of third party software this year hasn’t helped (and this current drought of games in general).

        • JMaster3000

          Ahh if you just saw my reaction when RF4 got canned 2 months before the release.
          It was really ugly D:

    • Namuro

      I think it’s going to be my only next-gen console this generation, too. Especially now that MGSV is coming to PC.

      • Domii


        • Namuro

          Nah, not really my thing. I don’t deal too well with scary games, unfortunately. It was a miracle already, that I could play Resident Evil: Revelations.

          I’ll just watch someone else play Bloodborne on YouTube.

          • Domii

            Well I know it’s suppose to have some horror elements in it, but historically I’ve always gotten a different sense of terror with From Soft souls games. They tend to be scary because you are constantly on your heels in a survival of the fittest grind.

            Plus they are the greatest games I’ve played since the legendary Okami. Believe in Bloodborne!

          • Namuro

            Oh, I’m sure that Bloodborne will be a great game! But it’s definitely not a system seller for me (unlike MGSV, but that’s no longer the case).

            Right now, Wii U has games that I REALLY want like Bayonetta! Thus, I’ll be getting it very soon.

  • Bobby Jennings

    It was that X hype.

    But then X Charizard looked terrible ingame…

    Y Charizard bettah.

  • ParrotProphet

    Pokemon not being the top seller? What is this sorcery?

    • 하세요

      It’s split into both X and Y sales. Clearly if you add them, they exceed 4mil.

      • AuraGuyChris

        I wonder…Y Pokemon Y is falling short.

        Heh heh heh.

  • Lloyd Christmas

    Been waiting forever for OOT to go on sale or have a price-drop! Why do Nintendo’s first-party titles never get a discount?!

    • 하세요

      Because people are always buying them? Why needlessly reduce profit margin? I’m pretty sure the amount of people that are purchasing it full price still outweigh those waiting for a price drop.

      Business is business, baby.

    • subsamuel01

      People always buy them no longer how long they been out for. Even Wii games right now are full price or near it. Some 3DS games actually got prices cuts like Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 and new Super Mario Bros. 2

    • ForteWily

      One… Those games always have demand.
      Two… Nintendo does reduce production to match demand as much as possible. They generally hate to over-stock, and like avoiding to do so.

      • Dascylus

        Seems some people forget the reason price drops happen… as long as people continue to buy Nintendo software at launch price, it’ll stay that way.

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    I’m glad that I decided to pick up a 3ds so I can continue to enjoy some of Nintendo’s first party titles. I’m passing on the Wii U (after owning every home console since the NES), but with the 3ds’ support, I don’t think I’ll regret it as much.

    • Namuro

      You’re not gonna get Bayonetta, Hyrule Warriors, the new Star Fox and the new Zelda, then?

      • Afternoon Intergalactic

        Arghhhhhhh! Don’t tempt me! My resolve is already shaky at best.

        Maybe a price drop would change my mind, as I usually buy later in the console generation anyway. For now, though, I must stand firm!

        • Ony

          And Smash bros? And Metroid? :<

          • Namuro

            C’mon now, I think I already tortured him enough. :D

            Besides, he can just play Smash Bros. on the 3DS, and there’s no sign of a new Metroid game just yet, unlike the new Zelda and Star Fox.

        • Snorlaxation

          I know EXACTLY how you feel. I have no desire to get the Wii U, though having played Mario Kart (which was a feast for the eyes, even if I hated the waste-of-space koopa kids), seen the glorious images of Super Smash, the fun videos of Hyrule Warriors and the trailer for the new Zelda game, alongside Bayonetta’s craziness,… I’m having a hard time sticking to my word here!

          • Afternoon Intergalactic

            Seriously. I am a loyal fan of pretty much all of the titles/series that you and the others have mentioned, but after looking back on my purchase of the Wii, I’ve realized that it’s probably been my least used console and the one that I found the least worthwhile. It’s true I was able to experience Skyward Sword, Twilight princess, Brawl, Mario Kart, Radiant Dawn, etc, but those few first party titles were all I owned. I probably had less than 10 games on the Wii total. I guess I’m just afraid that this may happen again with the Wii U.

          • Snorlaxation

            I have a strong suspicion it will. Just sayin’. It’s been a pretty big frear of mine too. It’s why I’ve only played with other’s Wii Us, and have tried winning them through various contests. I don’t wanna pay for it cuz I know, judging from past experiences and also from all the news out there about it, that it’s not gonna get a whole lot of games for it other than the ones just barely coming out. Before those games? Nothing. After? We’ll see.

  • awang0718

    Those 9 games account for 18 million of the 40 million games sold in the U.S.

    • Shippoyasha

      That’s kind of scary. There are more Nintendo hits not listed there as well. I hope the 3rd parties still gets enough of the pie.

      • awang0718

        Western third party publishers are scared of the 3DS, despite its success. The only western third party publihsers who makes legit 3DS games are Activision (Skylanders, movie liscensed games etc.) and Warner Bros ( the Lego games).

        • Oxybelis

          Not many western big publishers have games for kids.

  • Glad to hear A Link Between Worlds was a success! Definitely the best Zelda in a long time (my favorite since Link’s Awakening honestly)

  • AuraGuyChris

    Young Link: You will like me.

  • Eder García

    FE Awakening sales plz

    • Ric Vazquez

      I know right

  • Considering that’s only Luigi’s 2nd real game (4th if you count the SKU’s of “Mario is Missing?”… you shouldn’t though), and Mario’s 50th or something, the fact that Luigi’s Mansion 2 has sold over a 3rd of Super Mario 3D Land’s numbers is extremely impressive.

    They should use Luigi (and other characters like Daisy, Toad, Rosalina, etc.) for way more “experimental” Mario games, and give the main series larger breaks in between entries. Much like how Kirby games bounce between experimental ones (Cursed Canvas, Epic Yarn) and traditional sidescrollers. That is what Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is all about – I hope Nintendo keeps it up before we hear anything about another “New” Super Mario game.

  • Nice one Nintendo!!!

  • E.T.993

    What about Eshop games?I want to know how well Harmoknight did.(Which mis probably not a lot, because NOBODY HAS HEARD OF IT, APPARENTLY)

  • Leonard Norwood Jr.

    Some good news, but that’s only for the 3DS. Wii U’s still doesn’t even come close to 3DS’s sales. But I’ll leave that discussion for the Wii U for another time. At least 3DS is holding on with those sales.

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