Daniel Ahmad, who is a video game analyst at Niko Partners, has revealed (via Nintendo’s Historical Sales archive) how current and past Nintendo hardware has performed in the Americas. The results are fairly damming looking at past successes:
- 34.00m – NES
- 23.35m – SNES
- 20.63m – N64
- 12.93m – GCN
- 48.64m – Wii
- 6.29m -Wii U
Now it is time to look at how the handhelds have fared in the Americas. The Nintendo 3DS isn’t doing too badly considering the advent of mobile gaming which is now absolutely huge as seen by the figures achieved by the recently released Pokémon GO.
- 44.06m -GB/C
- 41.64m -GBA/SP
- 59.93m -NDS Family
- 20.11m -3DS Family
Nintendo will undoubtedly be looking to the Nintendo NX to change its fortunes as all the rumours and speculation point towards the system being a handheld console hybrid. Hopefully we will get some concrete information regarding the system sometime soon.
“It started off well. But sales dropped considerably in the last few years,” Ahmad said of the 3DS on Twitter. “The demand for dedicated portables isn’t there.”
“Portable dedicated consoles have been replaced by mobile gaming at a core and casual level.”