The acclaimed Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for the Nintendo 3DS has sold over 415,000 units, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. The news comes ahead of March’s sales figures from the NPD group, which should be released later this week. Fils-Aime also says that over the next nine months, the pace of Nintendo 3DS software is going to be dramatically ramped up.
This weeks sales figures have come in direct from Japan and they once again show that Nintendo remains top at its game. The Nintendo 3DS sold a respectable 80,175 units, and its closest competitor, the PlayStation Portable, sold 23,061 units. Interestingly there were only two Nintendo related titles in the top ten software charts this week.
- [PSP] SD Gundam G Generation: Overworld
- [PS3] Dead or Alive 5
- [3DS] Style Savvy: Trendsetters
- [PSV] Ys: Foliage Ocean in Celceta
- [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2
- [PS3] Sleeping Dogs
- [PSP] Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate Portable
- [PSP] Final Fantasy III
- [PSV] Earth Defense Force 3 Portable – Double-enlistment Pack
-  Dead or Alive 5
- Nintendo 3DS: 80,175
- PSP: 23,061
- PlayStation Vita: 14,469
- PlayStation 3: 8,935
- Wii: 5,421
- PlayStation 2: 1,103
- Nintendo DS: 794
- Xbox 360: 742
Nintendo has released the worldwide sales figures for a number of popular Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games. The titles included are The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Pokemon Black & White and Super Mario 3D Land.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – 2.61 million (up 0.12 mil. from Dec.)
- Pokémon: Rumble Blast – 1.08 million
- Pokémon Black/White (DS) – 14.71 million
- Mario Kart 7 – 5.24 million
- Nintendogs + cats – 2.70 million (for comparison: the original Nintendogs – 23.89 million so far)
- Super Mario 3D Land – 5.84 million (for comparison: Super Mario Galaxy – 10.68 million so far)
- Nintendo 3DS console – 17.13 million units (up from 15.03 mil. in Dec.)
Eclipsing sales of its rivals, Nintendo’s hardware figures continue to impress and astound.
During the month of May both the Wii and the Ds sat firmly atop of the sales charts selling an astounding 675,089 and 452,608 units respectively. To put these incredible sales records in perspective the Wii held a 63% share of the next-gen market, whilst the DS owned 71% of the hand-held market.
In 2007 the Nintendo Wii outsold the Sony PlayStation 3 three to one according to Enterbrain Inc.
Wrapping up the 2007 sales figures, veteran industry researcher Enterbrain Inc have reported that an unprecedented 3.63 million Wii units were sold last year contrasting rather starkly against the 1.21 million PlayStation 3 consoles sold.
In 54 weeks the Wii has trounced the Gamecube’s lifetime sales figures.
Reports are filtering through which suggest that the Gamecube’s overall sales figures have already been obliterated by the Nintendo Wii in the Far East, amounting to an incredulous 4 million Wii units shifted in just over a year.
The sublime Mario Galaxy has taken the American video gaming charts by storm as 500,000 units fly off store shelves.
“Super Mario Galaxy had the strongest one-week debut of any Wii game to date and has also become the best-selling Mario title ever in its first week, with US sales of more than 500,000, based on internal sales figures.”
- George Harrison, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of marketing.
Incredulously for the first time in nigh on 26 weeks, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console has eventually reclaimed the numero uno position.
Due in no small part to the monumental release of acclaimed first person shooter Halo 3, Xbox 360 hardware sales doubled the previous weeks sales figures. Could we be seeing a change in fortune for Microsoft’s gaming format, or is it as many expect, just a once off?