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Nintendo sells 4 million 3DS handhelds in Japan

updated 07:55 pm EST, Tue December 27, 2011

Sales picking up after early trouble

Nintendo has reportedly sold more than 4 million of its 3DS gaming handhelds in the local Japanese market, according to data collected by Famitsu. The device is also said to have reached sales of more than 510,000 units for the holiday shopping week that ended on Christmas day, setting a new record for weekly sales across the globe.

Aside from hardware sales, several games for the mobile platform are also claimed to have passed one million units. Both Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart7 have reportedly reached the milestone during holiday sales.

Although the 3DS stumbled in the market as it arrived early in the year, the device appears to be slowly building in popularity since the company slashed the price from $249 to $169. The move was viewed as necessary to compete with new competitors in the mobile gaming arena, such as smartphones and the iPod touch. [via Siliconera]

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