I’m pretty sure I woke up this morning to hear my Nintendo 3DS whisper, “Rumors of my death have been highly exaggerated.” Well, none of us here were expecting death, but the narrative heard ’round the gaming world as recently as October was that the 3DS wasn’t going to be nearly as successful as its predecessor. A new Nikkei report begs to differ.
It looks like Nintendo’s newest portable is on track to reach 4 million units sold by the end of the calendar year and will likely surpass the original Nintendo DS in one-year sales by the time it celebrates its first birthday. As it stands, the system’s sold about 3.6 million units to date with an average of 80,000 leaving store shelves per week.
The release of Monster Hunter 3G was a boon for the system, as have other titles like Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. Keep in mind, however, that Nintendo still anticipates posting losses of approximately $256 million by the time the fiscal year ends and that its biggest direct competitor, the PlayStation Vita, isn’t even out in the United States or Europe. Add to that the fact that mobile gaming is still blowing up all over the place and it’ll be an interesting couple of months for Nintendo, to say the least.