If you needed proof of just how well the Nintendo 3DS is doing you need look no further than the press release sent out by Nintendo earlier today. It talked about that very issue. The 3DS started off strong, but very quickly began to struggle as people were confused about what exactly the system was, if it was going to cause you to go blind and there was a real lack of high quality software available for it. Things turned around after Nintendo announced a drop in the price and a number of great games began trickling into stores.
By the end of 2011 it had already surpassed the first year of sales for the DS. After it’s first year on the market the 3DS has sold 4.5 million units in the United States alone. That nearly doubles the 2.3 million units that the DS had sold in the same time frame. Of course the biggest selling point of any system is the games that you can play on that system and through that same 12 months Nintendo has sold more than 9 million pieces of software, compared to the DS’ 5 million. Overall sales of the system have totaled more than $1.2 billion for Nintendo.
2012 only looks to be better than 2011 was for the system and Nintendo hopes to keep the momentum going with games like Kid Icarus: Uprising, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir. Tack on to that a solid lineup of downloadable games available in the eShop and 3DS owners have a lot to be happy about.