Hardware Slumps, Software Jumps for 3DS in Past Year

With the stronghold the Nintendo 3DS family has had on the handheld gaming market, you may not have noticed that the 3DS has actually slipped in hardware sales compared to last year, at least so says Nintendo in their latest financial report, which revealed a total 3.89 million units moved worldwide from April to September of 2013 compared to the 5.06 million moved at the same time last year.

Nintendo is still assured of its forecast for the entirety of the year, however, as the Big N expects 18 million in sales for the 3DS hardware by March 2014. This is likely due to the recent release of Pokemon X & Y and the 2DS, which should give a needed boost in hardware sales. Of course, Nintendo has already acknowledged (as has the rest of the world) that the new Pokemon installments were purchased at an astounding rate, but we\’ll have to wait until their next financial report to see the exact numbers.

Accounting for around a third of the total 3DS sales, the 3DS XL system did see its own increase in sales within the overall 3DS slump. Compared to last year’s interval, the XL jumped from 2.1 million sold to 2.9 million.

Likewise, software sales also saw a jump in numbers with 27 million games sold in the first half of 2013. 2.5 million of those units were of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which sold another 3 million+ units pre-April 2013 thanks to its Japanese release in late 2012.

Overall, Nintendo has sold 34.98 million systems of the 3DS family globally, while software sales have surpassed the 122 million mark.

Dakota Lasky