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Nintendo 3DS Has Surpassed Lifetime Sales Of The GameCube

Rich the Executive Editor at IGN has revealed that the Nintendo 3DS has surpassed sales of the Gamecube in less than two years, 2/3 of the Nintendo 64 and nearly half of Super Nintendo. Not bad going for a device that has caused plenty of heated discussions between industry analysts who proclaim that the handheld video game market is dead.

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      1. Ok sorry it was joke….I own a vita and I like it but I think Sony is royally fucking it up. I mean really what games are coming out for it in 2013. The one I’m most excited for is tearaway but that’s really it.

  1. I’m surprised it hasn’t surpassed the sales of the Virtual Boy yet. (I’m assuming it did as it was discontinued so quickly, just poking fun that it was not listed)

    1. I still have my gamecube. And it’s my joint favorite console along with the N64 and Dreamcast. I really liked the original Xbox aswell……

      1. My favorite consoles of all-time were the Genesis, Dreamcast, N64, and GameCube as well. So many classics from each of those. :3

        The Wii U is fast becoming my all-time favorite console though. If launch is anything to indicate that, and if Yoshi is really getting a new game in his epic platforming franchise, then we can definitely count on seeing other franchises from Nintendo Land represented on the Wii U in brilliant HD. :D

        Oh, what am I saying…the Wii U is already my favorite console! ^_^

        We’re gonna get Beyond Good & Evil 2, Rayman Legends, Bayonetta 2, Yoshi’s Land, Pikmin 3, and (most likely) Bioshock Infinite–all within a year or two. Not to forget that Super Mario U game that’s supposed to come out next year and that Zelda game that has still not been shown yet.

        It’s a great time to be a Nintendo fan—whether you only like portables, only home consoles, or a mix of both. :D

        1. I approve of this comment! I can see the wiiu becoming my favorite console ever. Assassins creed 3 , Blops 2 , NSMBU etc in bed on the gamepad ? cmon ! CMONNNN!!!! XD!

          1. Haha! Yup! :D

            I have Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Little Inferno, Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition, Nano Assault Neo, and Trine 2: Director’s Cut right now (all downloaded from the Nintendo eShop—imagine the points I must be hoarding from DDP!).

            Looking forward to Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Shantae, Mario U, Yoshi’s Land, Pikmin 3, Bayonetta 2, Rayman Legends, Beyond Good & Evil 2, and Bioshock Infinite. :3

            I’ve basically gone to solely downloading games off of the Nintendo eShop now. Even though I got Nintendo Land for free, I even put down $59.99 for it on the eShop. XD

            It’s great to know that indie developers and third-parties can set their own prices on their games. Nintendo is nowhere near as harsh on developers as they are on the Nintendo 3DS’ Nintendo eShop on the Wii U. I’m hoping we get GameCube and Dreamcast classics remastered in 1080p HD for the Wii U’s eShop.

            1. Interesting! So please tell me all the juicey details about your downloading splurge!

              Using a HDD ? Download times ? loading times ? etc!

              And yeh your list is awesome but just needs Aliens colonial Marines , Project Cars and Smash bros U added to it :)

                1. Yes shigeru! All that good stuff is in development! Even games that will come out in 3-4 years are probably in development. I can see Nintendo’s HD games like Zelda and Mario 3d and Smash bros , having Graphics that rival PS4 and 720. In the same way Resident evil revelations and Kid icarus uprising givew the PS vita run for its money graphically…

              1. lol

                I forgot all about Super Smash Bros. U amongst all the exciting games coming out! XD

                Oh, and as Shigeru stated, Star Fox, Metroid, and F-Zero are supposedly in the works. Let me give you the deets on my little downloading splurge. ;3

                For downloading games, I have been using the systems SSD to store them temporarily. I am getting the Buffalo 2TB USB HDD to use with the Wii U in late December, but I would definitely recommend a USB HDD to anyone out there planning on downloading games like ACIII, ZU, or TTT2:WUE. It’s almost mandatory for those games because of how large they are.

                Downloading times are a bit hard to track—it really matters on whether you are downloading multiple games at the same time, what games you are playing while the system is on (as downloads happen in the background), Internet speed, and size of the download itself. That said, it takes surprisingly long to download relatively small games—it’s unrealistic to sit through a download without playing a game while you are waiting, in other words. Games like Sonic & All-Stars Racing (an almost 4GB download) can take up to 5-7 hours on my Wii U (mind you, this is with games or applications running). For Tekken (almost 16GB), as an example, that would take me a day or two in download time, by comparison.

                I would think this time would decrease if you only have the Wii U Menu open while accessing Download Management.

                Something great about Download Management on the Wii U is that it allows users to track up to 64 downloads (yes, you are reading that right, you can have 64 things queued up for download at a time) at a time—no matter what game or application is running, you can access this from the HOME Menu. Despite the length it takes to download games, the downloads can happen in the background while playing Wii U games—haven’t tested whether or not it works while playing games on the separate Wii OS available from the Wii U Menu because the console fundamentally reboots to access the Wii Menu functionality in the first place. Having these downloads continue while playing games can cause lag, so Nintendo has made the Wii U capable of pausing downloads automatically when games demand more RAM to run.

                I haven’t experienced any problems with games like Nintendo Land while downloading. Installing software requires you to go into Download Management, click on a finished download, and wait for it to Install. The installation times for the software I have on my Wii U have been posted below.

                Here are some download sizes of the games that I have right now. In total, the Wii U Deluxe should have about 25GB of free space after the system update is installed:

                – Nintendo Land: About 3GB. Took about 30 mins to install.
                – New Super Mario Bros. U: About 2GB. Took about 15 mins to install.
                – Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed: About 4GB. Took about 45 mins to install.
                – Little Inferno: Really small. Less than half a GB. Took less than 3 minutes to install.
                – Mighty Switch Force: Can’t recall on this one very much, but I know it was in the 1GB range. Took less than 10 mins to install.
                – Nano Assault Neo: Surprisingly small. Less than a GB. Took less than 10 mins.
                – Trine 2: Director’s Cut: Huge for a indie game. I would say it was even larger than NSMBU in some regards, but the necessary update for Miiverse to run on NSMBU (the Ver 1.1.0 update) made NSMBU a larger file most certainly. In other words, about 2GBs. It took me about 15 mins to finish the install.

                It seems that installation increments move at about 15 mins intervals each added GB. It is perhaps an added hour when downloading games (in other words, a game of 25GB would take 25 Hours for my system to download while playing games on it most likely). Anything that is a GB or less seems to take about anywhere from 5-10 mins (of course, when any download is just KB or MB instead of GB, it makes the whole process much quicker for installation). THANKFULLY, Nintendo has FINALLY gotten rid of Blocks—they now use a color-coded and labeled KB, MB, GB storage marker that makes life itself easier for all of us.

                Lastly, I haven’t experienced any lagging issues whatsoever while having multiple games download in the background.

                Sorry about that narrative. XD

                1. No need to be sorry about this awesome novel sir! XD. This answers many of my glaring, unanswered questions about the downloading of all things on wiiu. Playing games the back ground is awesome! And I wonder does your net speed have anything to do with how long it takes you to download stuff ?

                  I will be buying MOST of my retail games physically , but I can definitely see myself the odd game digitally if needs be. And obviously taking advantage of the deluxe digital promotion and downloading all of the wiiu’s awesome E-shop games like trine 2 , Nano assault , Mighty switch force , etc etc.

                  Thanks for that bro. I get my wiiu tomorow at midnight and a few more of my questions have been answered!

                  1. No problem! Glad to help you out with that! :)

                    Not sure if net speed does decrease or increase download times, honestly. It may be something associated with it (how much MB download per second, as an example, due to it being a wireless connection to an access point from my wireless router).

                    Enjoy the midnight launch tomorrow! I’m “SuperNintendoBoy” on Miiverse, so be sure to send me a friend request once you get yours setup. We can message each other there afterwards. ;D

                    Hopefully, we can play games together too. Not sure if games are region-restricted in online games (they shouldn’t be, if I recall correctly).

                    1. Yes , I will add you bro! And NO!!!! Games aren’t region-restricted online lol. That would be a deal breaker !!!!!! Do you know how much fun I have destroying other nationalities on MK7 ? :P .

                      Yes I will definitely add you. Maybe we can play some Coop trine 2 ? it’s online after all!!

        1. Nice choice freind! The wii is one of my favorite consoles. It has some of the best games I’ve played and the first time you played wii sports was litteraly a monumentus moment in your life lol. But it kinda wore a bit thin compared to the consoles I listed above.

  2. Etecoons and Dachoras

    Great to hear the 3DS is selling well. Sad to hear how poorly the GameCube sold overall. I forget that this holiday season will be the 2nd holiday season for the 3DS. This year it’s definitely a much more appealing system than it was last year.

    1. Well yeah, but at this time last year it was becoming a very appealing system. 3D land had just launched, and now like a week away from Mariokart 7’s birthday.

  3. I like how the handheld is being compared to the home console sales. Why isn’t it being compared to the Gameboy, Advance, etc. Or has it not passed and/or coming close to them yet?

    1. I know, right?

      It’s not like Mom and Dad buy a Nintendo 3DS for each kid they have because it’s not like a home console where all you need are multiple controllers for ONE system. >_>

  4. i like the gamecube don’t get me wrong but nintendo made a lot areas wit that system sunshine wasn’t exciting wind waker wasn’t as epic just wasn’t right

      1. look i never said it was bad it just wasn’t as epic as to ocarina of time twilight princess and skyward sword hell u can throw a link to the past and the oracle games for that matter homie

  5. the iphones and ipads are never gonna replace handheld gaming. Its like saying that the game of worms you had in your nokia before was replacing gameboy games and handhelds.

    1. Uh derp, yeaaa hellooo. Its means a HANDHELD not console managed to sell more overall in 2 years than the gamecube in 6 years. The handheld market is nowhere near dead….derp

  6. The 3DS is my favourite console unless the Wii U can surpass it, I don’t know yet, it’s not out in the UK yet.
    Next year is going to be great for the 3DS with games such as Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Dragon Quest VII, Project X Zone, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, Ace Attorney 5, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Monster Hunter 4, Time Travellers, Code of Princess, EX Troopers and whatever else Nintendo have hiding away for us plus there’s Super Smash Bros. 4 though I don’t think that will be out next year.

    1. where’d you get the info on the Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies? and is the Miracle Mask one any good? (I’ve only played curious village and diabolical box)

  7. Why are they using a picture of my Gamecube controller :P And yeah, the Gamecube was a great system, it’s my most favorite system ever but nice to know that the 3DS is alive and well and even surpassed the GCN’s lifetime sales so quickly.

  8. A gamer went to a shop got a dreamcast then a gamecube scum got a ps2 how anyone thought ps2 was good was beyond the fuking twilight zone it had the longest loadtimes ever it had x360 build qoulity the dualshocks a joke always has been jesus gamesran like crap on that thing and dreamcast ran ps1 games better than ps2 did

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