Nintendo: 3DS software sales have increased by 89 percent

New Super Mario Bros. 2

In a short message issued to members of the press this morning, Japanese gaming icon Nintendo claims that sales of games for its Nintendo 3DS handheld system have massively increased over the past year. According to Nintendo, software sales have shot up by 89 percent since last October.

The company cites a number of major releases for the system as the impetus for this windfall. Specifically, it points out that the relatively recent New Super Mario Bros. 2 is still going strong at retail, having sold over 295,000 units in its second month of availability. Nintendo also spotlights a number of other first-party games for the system as contributing to this sales feat, and mentions Mario Kart 7, Kid Icarus: Uprising, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D and Star Fox 64 3D by name.

Unsurprisingly, Nintendo executives are feeling pretty good about this news. “Hardware sales are up, software sales are increasing exponentially and the attach rate is growing stronger every month,” said Nintendo Of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing Scott Moffitt. “With a great slate of upcoming games, including Paper Mario: Sticker Star, which arrives exactly one month from today, we like our position heading into the crucial holiday selling season.”

Finally, as if to roll out every possible highlight of how well Nintendo’s handheld division is doing, the company points out that the Nintendo DS’ Super Mario 64 DS has finally topped five million total units sold. Given that the game was initially released in 2004 and that all Nintendo-developed games sell well, this news isn’t exactly amazing, but this does mean that Super Mario 64 DS now joins Mario Kart DS and the original New Super Mario Bros. on the short list of Nintendo DS titles that have surpassed the five million copies sold mark.

Though it’s likely little surprise to those familiar with Nintendo’s history, it seems important to point out that none of the games mentioned above were developed by third-party companies. Each and every one of them is a Nintendo game set within a famous Nintendo franchise. As we said, this isn’t all that surprising as Nintendo’s own games have always been the main selling point for the company’s gaming systems, but it does highlight how heavily Nintendo relies on its own decades-old series to bolster consumer support for each of its new hardware ventures.

Product Review

'New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe' is 2D platforming wizardry

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is the latest Wii U game to come back from the dead on Switch. And wow, it’s much better than we remembered.

Among hundreds of choices, these are the best 25 SNES games of all time

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System might be the greatest game console ever made, but what are the best titles for the system? Here are our picks for the best SNES games.

If we get a Nintendo 64 Classic, it needs to have these games

The Nintendo 64 introduced a long list of top-tier games, but which were the iconic platform's best? From Mario Party to Ocarina of Time to NFL Blitz, check out our picks for the best N64 games.

Who needs a Switch? These 25 games prove there's fun to be found on 3DS

The 3DS is home to a large library, including some of the greatest games Nintendo has ever published. We've compiled this list of some of the best Nintendo 3DS games currently available.

Dataminers discover SNES games, more emulators for Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Online may soon launch SNES games and more emulators, according to data miners. The list of hidden SNES titles include Breath of Fire 2 and Star Fox 2, while the other emulators may be the Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube.

‘RollerCoaster Tycoon 2’ ride takes 12 years to complete

A RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 player has constructed a coaster in the game that will take more than 12 years to complete from beginning to end, and is actually a tiny ride taking up a small portion of the landscape.

‘Battlefield V’ adds Squad Conquest mode in ‘Lightning Strikes’ update

Electronic Arts and DICE have detailed what is included in the Battlefield V update Lightning Strikes. The update includes access to the mode Squad Conquest through the end of January.

Here's everything you need to know to trade in 'Pokémon Go'

After literally years of waiting, Pokémon Go finally gives trainers the option to trade Pokémon with others. It's not easy, though, and the cost is quite high if you try trading with strangers.

You're never too broke to enjoy the best free-to-play games

Believe it or not, free-to-play games have evolved into engaging, enjoyable experiences. Here are a few of our favorites that you can play right now, including Warframe and the perennially-popular League of Legends.

‘Rocket League’ is the latest game to get full cross-platform play

Psyonix has announced that Rocket League now supports full cross-platform play across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, joining Fortnite as the only games to do so.

Here's what you need to know about 'World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth'

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is the latest expansion for the now 14-year-old MMORPG. It goes back to the roots of the Alliance vs. Horde conflict. Here's what you need to know.
Virtual Reality

Think virtual reality is just for games? These awesome apps will change your mind

Virtual reality isn't all about gaming. Swim with turtles, paint in 3D, and immerse yourself in some unique experiences the platform has to offer with our curated list of the best VR apps.

Latest ‘Fortnite’ update channels Halo with a scoped revolver

The latest update for Fortnite, update 7.20, is now available, and it brings a new Scoped Revolver weapon to the game alongside the returning Glider item and a limited-time Snipers-only mode.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ will make Blackout mode free to play this week

Treyarch and Activision are offering Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode as a free trial download for a limited time. The mode will be available from January 17 through January 24.