"We're Just Getting Started"
The 3DS is three weeks away from its first birthday, and after a shaky start dogged by a weak launch lineup and embarrassing price cuts, Nintendo has announced that they're back on track in a big way. According to their latest figures, the 3DS has sold over 4.5 million units worldwide, which is almost twice as many sales as the DS managed in its first year on shelves.
Not only has the 3DS' first year sales managed to trump the DS' figure of 2.3 million units, but the total first year revenue is also nearly double that of its predecessor. Nintendo has also confirmed that 3DS hardware and software sales total $1.2 billion, thanks in part to Super Mario 3D Land selling 1.75 million copies and Mario Kart 7 shifting 1.45 million units since their Christmas release.
As you'd expect, NoA boss Reggie Fils-Aime is delighted by the figures... but tells us that we ain't seen nothing yet.
Nintendo 3DS closes its first year with a lengthy list of accomplishments but we’re still just scratching the surface. With a massive lineup of first- and third-party games and more on the way, a budding library of entertainment options and an engaged and growing installed base, Nintendo 3DS has an incredibly bright future.
We’re just getting started but this platform is built for the long haul.
It will be interesting to see whether Nintendo's handheld can aspire to the same dizzying heights of the DS in a few years time. Here's hoping that they can support the device with a consistent software lineup from first and third parties, and make 2011's woes a distant memory.