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3DS Fastest-Selling Nintendo Hardware Ever In Japan

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Posted on February 20, 2012 AT 02:31pm

THE BUZZ: Remember when the 3DS was the system everybody thought was doomed, and which nobody supposedly wanted? That little system is now Nintendo’s fastest-selling to date.

EGM’s TAKE: If there’s one certainty in this industry, it’s that nothing is certain. It really wasn’t that long ago that the 3DS wasn’t selling many units, didn’t have a lot of excitement surrounding it, and was expected to crumble under the might blow of the PlayStation Vita.

Whoops.

Nintendo has just announced today that the 3DS has officially sold through 5 million units in Japan, making it the company’s fastest-selling gaming hardware to date—beating out other previous top-sellers the GameBoy Advance, Wii, and DS.

Now, of course, this comes after Nintendo made a drastic price cut to the hardware, and after some major titles have now been released for it. Still, one can’t help but congratulate Nintendo for the huge turn-around they’ve made for the portable. Just 10 weeks ago, the 3DS was still tracking a decent ways below those three other platforms—now, it’s on course to start handily beating them.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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