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NPD: More Than 20 Million Physical Copies of Nintendo 3DS Games Have Been Sold in the U.S


Fuelled by strong starts for Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, and the continued strength of Fire Emblem Awakening, Nintendo 3DS crossed 20 million total units of software sold at retail in the United States, according to the NPD Group.

Some notable sales numbers achieved by Nintendo in March include:

  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon sold nearly 365,000 physical units in March, and has now sold more than 415,000 combined physical and digital units to date.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening sold an additional 64,000 combined physical and digital physical copies in March, and has now sold more than 240,000 combined units to date.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity sold more than 145,000 combined physical and digital units for the month.
  • Total sales of Nintendo 3DS software at retail increased by more than 50 percent over March 2012.

That momentum should only grow in the next few months as Nintendo prepares for a massive slate of Nintendo 3DS software releases, including: LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins on April 24, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on May 24, Animal Crossing: New Leaf on June 9 and Mario and Luigi: Dream Team on Aug. 11.


  1. Remember when everyone said the 3DS would fail? You’ve just been proven wrong.

      1. You know what else is gonna be big… The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past II and the Nintendo published Bravely Default: Flying Fairy.

    1. Ignoring that next smash bros and Samous aren’t children’s games and would be top 3 best sellers when they debut.

      1. There is plenty of innuendo and other stealthy jokes in LittleBigPlanet, especially the meerkat strippers.

  2. I thought Nintendo was doomed!

    I also remember when the 3DS was not selling very well, and the Vita was about to launch with its blasting processor, people said it was going to crush the 3DS! :D

    Same thing happening to Wii U, let’s wait and see guys! LOL

  3. 3DS = Beast.
    Another case where the less powerful, more fun system wins.
    Next: Wii U @ E3 2013! We got high hopes Nintendo! Save Metroid for the final act!

  4. e3.. reggie goes on stage, we sold retro, monolith soft because they make no games nearly as good as wii mini golf seriously thats how far low nintendo has gone to

    1. Wow, you’re really pissed about Nintendo dropping their 49 percent eh? Either way, it’s the people that make the games, not the company. And loads left after MS bought them, So really it’s the people you want back, and not so much RARE I would assume as RARE blows goats now.

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