Nintendo Sells Less Than Half as Many 3DSes as Its Predecessor

Nintendo sells less than half as many 3DSes as DSes

It’s probably too much to expect that the more expensive Nintendo 3DS would immediately oust its predecessor, but it’s hard to imagine the video game company would be very happy about the fact that consumers are buying more than twice as many DSes as 3DSes.

At the same time, selling over half a million handhelds in a month isn’t exactly bad news either.

According to a Nintendo press release:

Nintendo sold more than 800,000 combined hardware units in June. This includes 386,000 units of the Nintendo DS™ family of systems, 273,000 Wii™ systems and 143,000 Nintendo 3DS systems. Each product line saw double-digit growth over the previous month, and the lifetime U.S. installed base for the Wii system crossed 36 million units.

Nobody could argue that 3DS is a compelling system, but it costs dearly and, at the moment, is lack of killer games – especially when compared to the DS, which has a library of mega-hits.

However, the console already has its first blockbuster: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Ocarina of Time 3D. Despite the small user base, the re-mastered version of an epic entry in the beloved Legend of Zelda game series is a must-buy title for the Nintendo 3DS:

After less than two weeks on store shelves, The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D for the Nintendo 3DS™ portable entertainment system finished the month as the No. 2 best-selling video game on an individual platform, with more than 283,000 units sold, according to the independent NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States.

Knowing that the 3D remake of the 13-year-old classic is the second-best selling game that’s only available on one platform, are you wondering what the #1 is? Well, believe it or not, it’s InFamous 2 for the PS3.

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