The 3DS Has Officially Outdone the Nintendo DS, At Least in First-Year Sales

on March 6, 2012 10:45 AM

The Nintendo 3DS celebrates its first birthday in the states this year, and in doing so has surpassed its predecessor in first-year sales, with the company predicting 4.5 million in the number of units sold by March 27. Remember how the stereoscopic handheld’s future was in doubt as late as last October? My, what a difference a few months makes.

The original DS sold 2.3 million in its first year with 5 million software units moved in that same time span for $540 million in revenue. The 3DS, by contrast, will sell nearly double — 4.5 million units — with nearly 9 million software titles sold for revenue of $1.2 billion. The latter console had the advantage of backward compatibility, which means its software offerings were substantially higher than its predecessor’s.

Oh, and did I mention that all of this sales info is U.S.-based? Because, yeah, it is. Current sales for the glasses-free 3D system are sitting at about 16.6 million, according to the latest figures from VG Chartz. That late-year surge of high-profile games must have done well for the handheld.

But it’s not as though the 3DS is printing money like the Nintendo DS did. The Big N did, after all, post some mighty losses this quarter. Still, as far as adoption goes, looks like all those doom and gloomers are thinking twice, eh?

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.