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NPD: Nintendo 3DS First-Party Software Sales Are Up 52 Percent in 2013


A strong launch for LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins helped Nintendo 3DS maintain its torrid pace in 2013. Through the first four months of the year, Nintendo has already sold more than 2.1 million units of first-party Nintendo 3DS software in the U.S. alone, an increase of 52 percent over the same time period last year. In 2012, it took 30 weeks for Nintendo 3DS to sell 2 million units of first-party software. In 2013, the platform accomplished that same feat in 18 weeks.

With the peak holiday selling season still ahead and a strong lineup of upcoming games that includes Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on May 24, Animal Crossing: New Leaf on June 9, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team on Aug. 11, as well as new titles in the Pokémon, Mario Golf and Legend of Zelda franchises, Nintendo 3DS is poised to have the strongest year of sales in its history.

Some notable sales numbers* achieved by Nintendo in April include:

  • LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins sold nearly 94,000 combined physical and digital copies after launching on April 24.
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon sold more than 140,000 combined physical and digital units in April and has now sold more than 530,000 total units to date.
  • In its sixth month on the market, New Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U system increased its lifetime sales total to nearly 770,000 combined physical and digital units.

During the next several months, a cavalcade of fan-favorite franchises will launch for Wii U. This includes Game & Wario on June 23, Pikmin 3 on Aug. 4, Disney’s Planes from Disney Interactive on Aug. 6 and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist from Ubisoft on Aug. 20. At the upcoming E3 trade show in June in Los Angeles, Nintendo expects to show attendees upcoming Wii U games from the Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros. franchises.


60 thoughts on “NPD: Nintendo 3DS First-Party Software Sales Are Up 52 Percent in 2013”

  1. Nintendo owns the Lego video game franchise!? When in the heck did this happen? THIS IS TERRIFIC!

        1. Don’t go making assumptions. Just because I expressed my happiness, doesn’t mean I’m a one sided person who only cares about a game if it has the Nintendo brand logo on it.

  2. awesome !!! and sales are only going to continue to get better as more AAA titles are released i am very proud to be a nintendo 3ds and wii u owner !!!

  3. Wii U games from the Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros. franchises.

    So we’re gunna see these games in the directs and at E3 for sure! that’s awesome news.

    1. I just want Smash Bros and MK. Like, they could take my attention away from the PS4 if they are good enough.

      1. Same for me. Killzone:Shadow fall and infamous Second Son just might win me over. i’m gonna be one happy Gamer with all these cool games to play on my Wii U and PS4…and Wii U :P

          1. I will make it easy forget about next xbox i did and im ready fealing like im saving money on the subscribtions.

      2. Absolutely. They’re the two best (local) Multiplayer games in existence. And just a good solo or online.

        They right up there in my favorite franchise/games.

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      1. The Administrator's Anti-Troll Squad

        I am not Tony, but I will tell you something about him. He’s a good man who doesn’t deserve an asshurt prick like you constantly harassing him. If you hate Nintendo so much why are you here? Leave now or you will be exposed, big time.

          1. The Administrator's Anti-Troll Squad

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            1. I think you should really stop looking at people’s behinds Tony. Society doesn’t like people who perv.

      1. The Administrator's Anti-Troll Squad

        TWEET! You are a blind hater! Folks like you are not welcome here. Leave or I will be forced to arrest you.

          1. The Administrator's Anti-Troll Squad

            What on Earth are YOU doing on a Nintendo website troll? That’s the question.

            1. Tony Lane is N-Dub Nation. He also has several alternate accounts like, The Observer, Troll Patrol, Troll Whisperer, nxtgen-wiiu, and The Administrator’s Anti-Troll Squad.

              1. I knew he was Troll whisperer!!!! i’m a little late i guess. i don’t like that guy, he flamed me once because i said one bad thing about Wii U.

              2. Try again, Neutron. I’m not “The Observer”, “Troll Patrol”, “Troll Whisperer”, “nxtgen-wiiu”, or “The Administrator’s Anti-Troll Squad”. I’m just N-Dub Nation. Quit being so butthurt and delusional, OK?

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        1. the only version avalible in retail at least in the usa is called collectors edition and is 50$ it bring a lot of things that im surprise it dosnt cost more.

  5. Come on Neutron talk about Wii U not having games and it’s going to be doomed!!!! You did it everyday up tell Nintendo confirmed their big exclusives! Was you dumb enough thinking Nintendo was lying when they explained the delay in their exclusives? What, you thought Wii U would be gameless for six years? What you though NSMBU was Wii U’s graphics capacity! It’s weak but it can handle Cryengine 3. HOW IS THAT?

  6. Also I’d be more worried about 720 and PS4. WHY? I’M GOING TO TELL YOU WHY: WHY on earth would I NEED to buy a PS4 ánd 720, when it seems that over 90% of their software will be the same. US game sales results, find me a game that PS3 OR 360 reached top ten without multiplat? Wii U will have plenty Wii U exclusives reaching top ten other than just Mario. So if I want some third party games, I will either get PS4 or 720. BUT NOT BOTH!!! BUYING a SONY console and MICROSOFT console for just a few exclusives is a waste of money.

    1. I buy Sony consoles for there JRPG’s. That seems to be there strong points. Plus I need a new bluray player too.

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