THE BUZZ: The Nintendo 3DS is on track to surpass the Nintendo DS in first year sales, according to numbers provided by the NPD Group. Nintendo issued a press release touting that in eight months on store shelves the Nintendo 3DS has sold 1.65 million units. Nintendo also reminds us that the Nintendo DS sold 2.37 million units in its first 12 months with 50 percent of those sales coming from the holiday season surge.
EGM’s TAKE: Fast or slow initital sales doesn’t mean much when you are Nintendo. They will eventually make a boatload of money. Of course, what the press release fails to mention is that the first year sales for the Nintendo DS were abysmal as well. Sales picked up when Nintendo introduced the slicker DS Lite and kids didn’t need to carry their handhelds to school in a separate backpack. With Super Mario 3D Land finally out and Mario Kart 7 due out soon sales will pick up for the 3DS, as they should. We just wish either of these games were launch titles. There is only so much face shooting our cat can take in augmented reality.