Nintendo 3DS Sales Up Over Last Year

The president of Nintendo, Tatsumi Kimishima gave his quarterly financial presentation earlier today. He went over the financial results from the first half of fiscal year 2017. The Nintendo 3DS has been performing exceptionally well so far this year in North America and Europe, mostly thanks to the success of Pokémon Go. Although that game is not on the 3DS, it has ignited interest in playing more games in the series, and of course the newest ones are only available on the 3DS.


If you look at the U.S. 3DS hardware sell-through trends you’ll see that as soon as Pokémon Go launched, the number of units sold saw a massive uptick. In addition, around the same time the Nintendo 2DS received a price drop to $79.99 with Mario Kart 7 bundled in. This hefty increase in systems sold also helped raise the number of pieces of software sold. With a line of Nintendo Select games at $19.99 (like Zelda: Ocarina of Time) and the backlog of Pokémon games selling at a brisk pace, the software sold is well above last year’s numbers. Also games like Mario Party: Star Rush, Pokémon Sun & Moon, and Super Mario Maker are releasing over the next month. It looks like the 3DS will easily finish this year off better than last year.


In Europe the situation is very similar to North America. Both hardware and software are tracking higher than the prior year. In particular, Kimishima notes:

In the European market, we again see the boost in Pokémon series titles in July, but this is supported by new titles such as Kirby: Planet Robobot, Fire Emblem Fates Birthright/Conquest, and Monster Hunter Generations, for which Nintendo provided distribution in Europe. Evergreen titles and Nintendo Selects titles also sold well. Overall software sales are vigorous, outpacing the previous period.

The Japanese Nintendo 3DS hardware sell-through trend shows the system selling slightly worse this year versus last year. However, the sales rate has seen a bump since introducing the lower priced Nintendo 2DS systems in that country a few weeks ago. As of March of this year, the family of 3DS systems had already sold over 21 million units in Japan alone.

Software in Japan for the 3DS is also down when compared to last year. It’s safe to say that in Japan the number of big titles has been greatly reduced this year. Last year big games like Fire Emblem Fates, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon had released. Depending on how well Pokémon Sun and Moon sell in Japan next month, it’s possible that this year’s number of games sold could catch up. Plus, Nintendo is touting games like Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki and Miitopia (of which we know nothing about yet) as being major holiday season titles that will release before the end of the year in Japan.


Overall it appears as though the Nintendo 3DS will have yet another successful sales year. Remember we have titles announced into next year as well, such as Pikmin, Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World, Mario Sports Superstars, and Ever Oasis. I’m sure we will hear about even more in the coming months. It’s obvious that Nintendo intends to continue to support the 3DS in the near term with the Nintendo Switch taking the role of home console and replacing the Wii U.


[Source: Nintendo Financial Briefing]

Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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