The Nintendo 3DS has become the eighth Nintendo system to sell at least 15 million units in the United States, Nintendo has announced today.
“While crossing 15 million units is certainly a significant milestone, we are equally excited about the new momentum we’ve created in 2015 thanks to new hardware and an unrivaled library of software,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales & marketing. “With more great games on the way and a hardware system for every type of gamer, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the stronger years yet for Nintendo 3DS in the United States.”
Through the first six months of 2015, Nintendo 3DS sales have increased over 50% over sales in the same period in 2014. Nintendo admits much of this growth is because of customers’ interest in the New Nintendo 3DS XL, which launched on February 13. The New Nintendo 3DS XL introduced several new features, such as face-tracking 3D, new controls and built-in NFC support.
Now that the Nintendo 3DS has surpassed 15 million units sold in the United States, the handheld has joined an elite list of some other Nintendo manufactured video game handhelds, such as the original Game Boy, the Game Boy Advance, and the Nintendo DS.