Nintendo revealed that the New 3DS and New 3DS XL have sold a combined total of 335,000 units in its first weekend in Europe and North America.
Those statistics were revealed by Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata during the company’s latest financial results presentation. Iwata stated that the New 3DS XL had sold 170,000 units in North America and the New 3DS and New 3DS XL had sold 160,000 units combined in Europe. However, when the New 3DS and 3DS XL launched in Japan, they sold 230,000 units in their first weekend.
The two “launch titles” for the New Nintendo 3DS family were The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Nintendo revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D sold 340,000 units and 230,000 units in North America and Europe respectively, selling a combined total of 570,000 units. To put this in perspective, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds sold 180,000 units in North America and 150,000 units in Europe.
Meanwhile, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate sold 110,000 units in Europe; however, no North American figures were revealed. Nevertheless, this is a huge improvement on the 40,000 copies sold by Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate in Europe.
All in all, the New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL’s launch in Europe and North America were quite successful. I’m sure Nintendo was hoping for slightly higher numbers, around the 650,000 mark, but they can’t complain. I think they could have easily reached that mark if they decided to release the New Nintendo 3DS in North America as well as manufacturing more Majora’s Mask 3D Limited Edition 3DS XL’s.
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