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3DS Fastest-Selling Nintendo Hardware Ever In Japan

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.


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 started 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 can realistically be crammed 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 Eric on Twitter: @Eric_EGM. Meet the rest of the crew.

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