And people say that the Nintendo 3DS is somehow struggling. It might not have the raw sales figures of its monstrous predecessor, but the machine definitely can boast some software records that the original DS can’t.
Nintendo is reporting that between July and November, four games were able to sell 2 million copies in its home country of Japan, a record for that same time frame. The games are as follows.
Yo-kai Watch 2 (July 10th)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (September 13th)
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (October 11th)
Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (November 21st)
The Nintendo 3DS also sports 10 multi-million selling hits after three and a half years into its lifespan. This is nearly as much as the original Nintendo DS, which stands at 14 after its six year reign, and both figures compare pretty well to the Wii, which only had eight and the Game Boy Advance, which only ended up with two.
Regardless of how you spin it, Nintendo is clearly still in the handheld market as a major player, and perhaps it maybe even prefers this side of its business. These figures spell out a business plan and a device that is built to last a long time, not be popular for a year or two and fade away like the Wii.
The Nintendo 3DS is a wonderful device that is fighting to keep aging gaming trends alive, and it is thankfully receiving gratitude in the form of financial rewards.