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?