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Nintendo Talks 3DS eShop Sales, Expected Increase in Wii U Games

Posted on April 18, 2013 AT 02:23pm

According to Nintendo’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, 11% of all 3DS game sales last year were made through the Nintendo eShop.

Talking to Polygon, Nintendo’s executive vice president of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt said that 20% of StarFox 64 3D and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D’s sales came from the eShop, while 15-25% of Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone, Brain Age: Concentration, and Crossword Plus sales were digital, and a third of Fire Emblem Awakening’s sales came from the eShop.

Nintendo believes the Wii U will eventually see a similar rise in online purchases.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told GamesIndustry that the company believes the trends observed with 3DS—which was criticized for having a low selection of games much like the Wii U—will translate over to the Wii U similarly.

“The pace of launches has been slower than we hoped,” Fils-Aime told GamesIndustry. “But as we prepare for E3, the pace of launches for Wii U is going to dramatically increase.”


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