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3DS Hits 5 Million In U.S., Nintendo Portables Held 75% Share In June


The Nintendo 3DS has crossed the 5 million mark in the U.S., Nintendo of America announced in a press release this afternoon. Along with the hardware sales, Nintendo also provided an update on how some of their first-party 3DS games are doing.


The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D has become the third Nintendo 3DS game to sell over 1 million copies in North America. Meanwhile, Super Mario 3D Land is at 2.1 million copies and Mario Kart 7 at 1.75 million copies.


Despite these figures, however, Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, recently stated that he feels Nintendo 3DS sales are lagging in the U.S. and Europe, and that they should be better, owing to the sizes of both territories. Iwata hopes that the Nintendo 3DS XL and New Super Mario Bros. 2 will both help boost the system’s sales this year.


More interesting, however, is the fact that Nintendo’s press release today also gives us an idea of how the PlayStation Vita and PSP are doing in North America.


NOA say that they sold over 155,000 Nintendo 3DS systems during the month of June and over 150,000 systems in the Nintendo DS family (DSi, DSi XL etc.). That, they say, amounts to a 75% share of portable hardware sales for June (and for May as well).


Doing the math, that means the Vita and PSP combined sold about 100,000 units in the U.S. in June. By the end of March 2013, Sony hope to sell 10 million PlayStation Vita systems and 6 million PSP systems worldwide. As of March 2012, the PlayStation Vita had sold 1.8 million worldwide.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.