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NPD: Pokémon Mania Helps Drive Nintendo 3DS To Number One

The Nintendo 3DS platform finished July atop the hardware and software sales charts according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the U.S. The strong performance is in part thanks to the release of the Monster Hunter Generations game, continued momentum from the price drop of the Nintendo 2DS system and widespread positive public reception for the Pokémon GO mobile app, which has renewed interest in core Pokémon games on Nintendo systems. Additionally:

  • The Nintendo 3DS family of systems sold nearly 80 percent more units this July compared to the same time period a year ago, and finished as the overall best-selling video game system in July. On the software side, Capcom’s Monster Hunter Generations emerged as the best-selling game for any system.
  • July sales of the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games for Nintendo 3DS were over 80 percent higher than July 2015. The games launched in November 2014.
  • July sales of the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games for Nintendo 3DS were almost 200 percent higher than a year ago. The games launched in October 2013 and finished No. 16 and No. 22 on July’s best-sellers list, respectively.
  • Games playable on Nintendo systems claimed five of the top 11 spots on the July best-sellers list. These include Monster Hunter Generations from Capcom at No. 1, Minecraft: Wii U Edition from Microsoft at No. 6, Pokémon Omega Ruby at No. 8, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire at No. 10 and Kirby: Planet Robobot at No. 11.
  • The Nintendo 2DS system has crossed the 2 million lifetime sales mark in the U.S.

Source: PR

8 comments

    1. You made a typo there, Bowler AA! It’s the Wii U failing, not the 3DS. And yes. The PS4 is the king of this gen so far. I was wrong. You’re not a raving lunatic fanboy of Nintendo like I thought as you admitted to the Wii U’s failure & admit the PS4 is kicking it’s ass. And yes. If NX is a hybrid of home console & handheld, more so a home console as marketing it as a handheld & making it as strong as a handheld is a dumb idea, Nintendo might be able to usurp Sony’s place on the Video Game Throne.

        1. The 3ds has sold upwards of 60 million units. If Nintendo took the 3ds off the market today and never sold another unit it would still be considered a success. Not to mention the 3ds will probably crack 70 million units in it’s lifetime…. Thats honestly a homerun for Nintendo.

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