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The Nintendo 3DS is Nintendo's eighth generation handheld, succeeding the Nintendo DS. The handheld launched in early 2011. The main features are the glasses-free screen, a gyrometer as well as a more robust digital platform. It competes with the PlayStation Vita as well as mobile.

Sales FiguresEdit

ShipmentsEdit

3DS Shipment figures (based on official financial reports)
Date Americas sales Japan sales Other sales Quarterly sales Total sales Source
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2011) 1.32 1.06 1.23 3.61 3.61
2011 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2011)
1.32 1.06 1.23 3.61 3.61
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2011) 0.11 0.21 0.40 0.71 4.32
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2011) 0.70 0.86 0.79 2.36 6.68
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2011) 3.34 2.53 2.49 8.35 15.03
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2012) 0.52 1.19 0.39 2.10 17.13
2012 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2012)
4.67 4.79 4.06 13.53 17.13
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2012) 0.42 0.91 0.52 1.85 19.00
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2012) 0.97 1.18 1.06 3.21 22,21
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2012) 2.59 2.94 2.11 7.64 29,85
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2013) 0.29 0.66 0.30 1.25 31,10 [1]
2013 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2013)
4.27 5.69 4.00 13.95 31.10
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2013) 0.36 0.64 0.40 1,40 32,50
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2013) 0.81 1.15 0.53 2,49 34,99
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2013) 2.93 2.43 2.40 7,76 42,75
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2014) 0.23 0.13 0.23 0,59 43,33 [2]
2014 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2014)
4.33 4.35 3.56 12.24 43.33
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2014) 0.24 0.26 0.31 0,81 44,14
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2014) 0.44 0.46 0.38 1,28 45,42
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2014) 1.50 2.09 1.39 4,98 50,40
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2015) 0.74 0.26 0.65 1,65 52,05 [3]
2015 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2015)
2.93 3.07 2.74 8.73 52.05
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2015) 0.40 0.29 0.32 1,01 53,06
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2015) 0.36 0.54 0.39 1,29 54,35
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2015) 1.23 1.18 1.18 3,59 57,94
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2016) 0.26 0.35 0.30 0,91 58,85 [4]
2016 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2016)
2.25 2.36 2.18 6.79 58.85
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2016) 0.35 0.31 0.28 0.94 59.79
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2016) 0.62 0.51 0.64 1.76 61.57
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2016) 1.23 0.99 1.52 3.73 65.30 [5]
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2017) 0.35 0.18 0.29 0.82 66.12 [6]
2017 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2017)
2.55 1.99 2.73 7.27 66.12
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2017) 0.42 0.23 0.30 0.95 67.08 [7]
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2017) 0.75 0.53 0.62 1.90 68.98 [8]
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2017) 1.39 0.56 1.06 3.01 71.99 [9]
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2018) 0.30 0.07 0.18 0.55 72.53 [10]
2018 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2018)
2.86 1.39 2.16 6.40 72.53
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2018) 0.20 0.06 0.10 0.36 72.89 [11]
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2018) 0.30 0.17 0.16 0.64 73.53 [12]
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2018) 0.68 0.22 0.45 1.35 74.84 [13]
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2019) 0.10 0.03 0.09 0.22 75.08 [14]
2019 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2019)
1.28 0.48 0.80 2.55 75.08
Quarter 1 (ending Jun 30, 2019) 0.09 0.03 0.08 0.20 75.28 [15]
Quarter 2 (ending Sep 30, 2019) 0.09 0.01 0.07 0.17 75.45 [16]
Quarter 3 (ending Dec 31, 2019) 0.10 0.02 0.14 0.26 75.71 [17]
Quarter 4 (ending Mar 31, 2020) 0 0.03 0.03 0.06 75.77 [18]
2020 fiscal year sales
(ending Mar 31, 2020)
0.28 0.09 0.32 0.69 75.77
Totals (ending March 31, 2020) 26.72 25.27 23.78 0.69 75.77

Sales TidbitsEdit

  • US
    • Launch Week:
    • Nine Months: 4 million [19]
    • November 2012: nearly 6.5 million [20]
    • November 2013: 10.5 million [21]
    • July 2014: 40 million pieces of software sold [22]
  • UK
    • Launch Week: 128,895 sold
    • June 2012: 1 million
    • December 2013: 2 million 
    • Best selling piece of hardware in 2013
  • Germany
    • Launch Week: 71,872
    • March 2012: 750k [23]
    • August 2012: 900k [24]
    • August 2014: Over 2 million [25]
  • France
    • Launch Week: 90,262 sold
    • January 2012: 791k
    • November 2013: 2.150k sold, 1,700,000 software Year over Year[26]
    • 2013 YTD:1 million+, 180k 2DS, 6 million+ software sold [27]
    • May 2014: 2.9 million [28]
    • December 2014: 3.2 million [29]
    • January 2015: 3.4 million [30]
    • January 2016: 4 million[31]
    • January 2017: 4.765 million[32]
    • January 2019: 5.5 million[33]
  • Spain
    • Launch Week (combined with Portugal): 45,588
    • February 2012: 330k
    • January 2014: 900k
    • January 2018: >2 million[34]
  • Italy
    • Launch Week: 41,505
    • February 2012: 243.7k
  • Scandinavia
    • Launch Week: 20,017
  • Australia
    • January 2012: 200k
  • Japan
    • Launch Week: 374,764
    • 13 Weeks: 1 million
    • October 2011: 2 million
    • January 2012 (2011 LTD): 4,282,142
    • December 2012: 8.799 million (surpasses PS3)
    • January 2013 (2012 LTD): 9,779,883
    • September 2013:12,752,731 (surpasses Wii)
    • January 2014 (2013 LTD): 14.694.011
    • January 2017 (2016 LTD): 22,160,745

Hardware RevisionsEdit

Nintendo 3DS XLEdit

Nintendo 2DSEdit

New Nintendo 3DS/New Nintendo 3DS XLEdit

New Nintendo 2DS XLEdit

GamesEdit

Overall, the 3DS has sold 383.11 million pieces of software as of March 31, 2020.

Best-selling GamesEdit

Top ten sourced here[35]

  • Mario Kart 7 - 18.71 million (March 31, 2020)
  • Pokemon X & Y - 16.45 million (March 31, 2020)
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon - 16.18 million (March 31, 2020)
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire - 14.27 million (March 31, 2020)
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 13.34 million (March 31, 2020)
  • Super Mario 3D Land - 12.70 million (March 31, 2020)
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 12.55 million (March 31, 2020)
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS - 9.59 million (March 31, 2020)
  • Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon - 8.77 million (March 31, 2020)
  • Tomodachi Life - 6.59 million (March 31, 2020)
  • Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon - 5.75 million (December, 2017)[36]
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - 5.62 million (Dec 31, 2017)[36]
  • Nintendogs + Cats - 4.48 million (December 2017)[37]
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - 3.71 million (December 2017)[37]
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer - 3.32 million (December 2017)[37]
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D - 3.00 million (December 2017)[37]
  • Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS - 2.93 million (December 31, 2017) [36]
  • Fire Emblem Fates - 2.85 million (December 2017)[37]
  • Mario Party: Island Tour - 2.68 million (December 2017)[37]
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team - 2.58 million (December 2017)[37]
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star - 2.43 million (December 2017)[37]
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D - 2.42 million (December 2017)[37]
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe - 2.37 million (December 2017)[37]
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening - 2.24 million (December 2017)[37]
  • Yoshi's New Island - 1.94 million (December 2017)[37]
  • LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins - 1.91 million (December 2017)[37]
  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon - 1.60 million (December 2017)[37]
  • Mario Tennis Open - 1.52 million (December 2017)[37]
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot 1.51 million (December 2017)[37]

Third partyEdit

  • Monster Hunter 4 - 4+ million (December 2013)
  • Monster Hunter 3G - 2.2+ million
  • Yo-kai Watch - 1.278 million (September 2014)
  • Yo-kai Watch 2 - 2.525 million (September 2014)
  • Dragon Quest VII - 1.227 million (January 2014)
  • Puzzle & Dragons Z - 1.005 million (January 2014)

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2013/130424e.pdf
  2. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2014/140507e.pdf
  3. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2015/150507e.pdf
  4. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2016/160427e.pdf
  5. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/library/historical_data/pdf/consolidated_sales_e1612.pdf
  6. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2017/170427e.pdf
  7. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2017/170726e.pdf
  8. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2017/171030e.pdf
  9. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2018/180131e.pdf
  10. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2018/180426e.pdf
  11. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2018/180731e.pdf
  12. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2018/181030e.pdf
  13. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2019/190131e.pdf
  14. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2019/190425e.pdf
  15. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2019/190730e.pdf
  16. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2019/191031e.pdf
  17. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2020/200130e.pdf
  18. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2020/200507e.pdf
  19. http://nintendoeverything.com/nintendo-3ds-crosses-4-million-mark-u-s/#more-80441
  20. http://nintendoeverything.com/november-2012-npd-nintendo-sells-over-1-75-million-hardware-units/
  21. http://nintendoeverything.com/november-2013-npd-nintendos-response/
  22. http://nintendoeverything.com/july-2014-nintendos-response-million-mile-makers-mario-kart-8-crosses-1-million-3ds-software-hits-40-million/
  23. http://jpgames.de/2012/03/nintendo-3ds-1-jahr-750-000-einheiten-in-deutschland/
  24. http://jpgames.de/2012/08/nintendo-3ds-900-000-mal-in-deutschland-verkauft/
  25. http://jpgames.de/2014/08/wii-u-ps4-und-xbo-verkaufszahlen-aus-deutschland/
  26. http://www.jdli.com/super-mario-3d-world-killer-app-de-la-wii-u-art-508-1.html
  27. http://www.challenges.fr/high-tech/20140116.CHA9317/pourquoi-nintendo-pense-faire-mieux-que-sony-et-microsoft.html
  28. http://www.lefigaro.fr/secteur/high-tech/2014/05/22/01007-20140522ARTFIG00230-mario-kart-8-va-relancer-les-ventes-de-la-wii-u.php
  29. http://www.challenges.fr/high-tech/20141203.CHA1061/jeux-video-pourquoi-la-wii-u-de-nintendo-est-loin-d-etre-morte-et-enterree.html
  30. http://techno.lapresse.ca/jeux-video/201502/10/01-4842847-les-nouvelles-consoles-relancent-les-ventes-de-jeux-video.php
  31. http://www.lefigaro.fr/secteur/high-tech/2016/01/21/32001-20160121ARTFIG00271-la-playstation-4-a-ete-la-console-la-plus-vendue-en-france-en-2015.php
  32. http://www.gameblog.fr/news/66340-ps4-xbox-one-wii-u-3ds-ps-vita-voici-tous-les-chiffres-franc
  33. http://www.lefigaro.fr/medias/2019/01/09/20004-20190109ARTFIG00413-nintendo-a-vendu-en-france-2-millions-de-consoles-switch-depuis-son-lancement.php
  34. https://www.gamereactor.es/articulos/468583/Sorpasso+en+Espana+ya+hay+mas+Nintendo+Switch+que+Xbox+One/
  35. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/sales/software/3ds.html
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2018/180201_2e.pdf page 11
  37. 37.00 37.01 37.02 37.03 37.04 37.05 37.06 37.07 37.08 37.09 37.10 37.11 37.12 37.13 37.14 37.15 Nintendo software and hardware sales data from 1983 to present
Eighth generation of video games
Nintendo 3DS· Wii U · Xbox One ·PlayStation 4 · PlayStation Vita
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