The Nintendo 3DS launched in Japan on February 26th, 2011, and today, a little over seven years later, we learn that it passed another sales milestone.
According to the latest Media Create charts, combined with historical data the 3DS family’s cumulative sales in Japan are now over 24 million.
More precisely, 24,004,320 units have found a loving Japanese pocket. This includes 4,731,954 New 3DS XL units, 510,883 2DS units, and 662,159 units of the latest SKU, the New 2DS XL. All the older models are currently out of production in Japan.
While Nintendo’s marketing focus has since shifted on the Switch, the 3DS keeps selling in Japan thanks to its affordable price, and smaller size, that makes it much more viable for the cramped space of Japanese commuter trains during the rush hour.
The manufacturer itself hasn’t shown any intention of discontinuing the family any time soon, while new games keep coming. While it’s true that many 3DS sales are probably targeted to the youngest generation, it would probably be inappropriate to argue that they’re limited to kids.
It’s hard to say just how much longer the 3DS will live on, but for now, it seems to be quite healthy.
If you’re interested in the 3DS family, and you still don’t have one, you can grab one of the new 2DS XL units on Amazon.
This post contains an affiliate link where DualShockers gets a small commission on sales. Any and all support helps keep DualShockers as a standalone, independent platform for less-mainstream opinions and news coverage.