Nintendo’s handheld is on fire. The 3DS saw an amazing year with 2013 including bring the lifetime sales of the 3DS family to 11.5 million units sold. That’s certainly an impressive number considering that many proclaimed the handheld to be doomed after its disastrous launch in 2011.
“Nintendo 3DS is a powerhouse with games and experiences that appeal to all kinds of players,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “We’re not slowing down in 2014. With more games featuring fan-favorite franchises on the way, the best days of Nintendo 3DS are still to come.”
16 million 3DS games were sold in 2013 alone, including both packaged and retail sales. This is a 45% increase over 2012. Seven 3DS games that launched this year are sitting at a Metacritic of 85 or higher. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Fire Emblem: Awakening are both at 90+.
Nintendo is hoping to repeat such a fantastic year in 2014. Just the first half of this year will be filled with games that are sure to entice gamers of all ages. These include Yohsi’s New Island, Bravely Default, Disney Magical World and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy. All of these games will be released in the next few months.