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Nintendo 3DS still being outsold two-to-one by old models

updated 06:00 am EDT, Fri July 15, 2011

Nintendo 3DS sales lagging older DS models

The flagship Nintendo 3DS handheld console is being outsold two-to-one by old models according to NDP Group data published by Nintendo itself. The Nintendo DSi, DSi XL and DS Lite sold a total of 386,000 units for the month of June. By comparison the 3DS sold only 143,000 units over the same period.

Although the 3DS sold its first 3.5 million consoles world-wide within the first two months of its launch, its recent sales have not been as strong. Just in April, the 3DS was outsold by the six-year old Sony PSP.

Nintendo has been struggling in recent months. Its company profits slumped 66 percent in the financial year to March, while its Wii console has now fallen well behind the current monthly sales of the Microsoft Xbox 360. The company had been hoping that the 3DS, the world's first 3D glasses-free handheld console, would help to shore up its overall sales.

Nintendo is planning on introducing an all-new game console in the first half of 2012, the Wii U. The successor to the Wii, the new console will have much more powerful graphics and also incorporates an innovative touchscreen controller. The company has also been trying to boost the popularity of the 3DS, recently signing a content deal with Netflix for 2D movie streaming.

With the sales of its older DS consoles remaining strong, Nintendo could be forced to shelve any plans that it may have had of phasing them out in the short to medium term.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I will pass for now. Why?

    1. Ugly
    2. Poor choice in colors (hate the two tone look)
    3. DS emulation is not perfect (visuals - minor nitpick).
    4. REGION LOCKED 3DS GAMES!!!!!! (on a handheld..really Nintendo???)

    I have used one and the games work well; no headaches when using the 3D feature, but Nintendo made so many mistakes with this handheld. This is potentially the first time other competitors have a chance of seriously affecting Nintendo's handheld sales. Sad.

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