3DS Outsells Wii in Japan

What took Wii nearly seven years is accomplished by 3DS in less than three.

By Andy Hoover. Posted 09/25/2013 19:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Over the last seven years, Nintendo has managed to sell 12,698,878 Wiis in its native Japan, a more than respectable number that has contributed the 100 million that have been moved throughout the world.

Nintendo 3DS has also done well for itself, easily surpassing many naysayers who predicted doom and gloom after its slow start. While the handheld hasn’t quite matched the overall pace of its predecessor and isn’t the worldwide phenomenon that Wii turned out to be, it most certainly has caught fire in Japan.

Thanks in no small part to two entries and the much beloved (at least in Japan) Monster Hunter series, Nintendo has sold 12,752,731 3DS handhelds in Japan according to industry tracker Media Create. Of course, what makes this number so impressive is that Nintendo managed this in just about two and a half years. Of course, it should then come as no surprise that 3DS games dominate the best-seller list with the recently released Monster Hunter 4 taking the top spot.

Sales in North America and the rest of the world haven’t been quite so strong, nor has the level of Monster Hunter addiction been quite so consuming. Regardless, 3DS has benefited from a fantastic year with a plethora of critically and commercially successful titles that will soon be joined by a relatively popular little franchise known as Pokémon.

Source: IGN

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