Nintendo has issued a press release to announce that the 3DS line of consoles has crossed 15 million units sold in the US alone. This makes it the eighth Nintendo console to hit this milestone, joining the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS and others.
Nintendo attributes these sales to their motto that “software sells hardware.” “When you consistently make fun, unique, exclusive games featuring the likes of Mario, Link, Donkey Kong and Pokémon, you can sell a lot of hardware,” reads the press release.
The Nintendo 3DS debuted in March of 2011, making for an average of 3,750,000 units sold per year in the US alone. Software has followed this trend with Super Mario 3D Land, Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Mario Kart 7 and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS all selling over 2 million units a piece, while scoring an overall rating of 85 or higher on Metacritic.
Nintendo doesn’t expect the momentum of the Nintendo 3DS to end anytime soon though, with hardware sales increasing 50% over the last year, largely thanks to the introduction of the New Nintendo 3DS. “While crossing 15 million units is certainly a significant milestone, we are equally excited about the new momentum we’ve created in 2015 thanks to new hardware and an unrivaled library of software,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “With more great games on the way and a hardware system for every type of gamer, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the stronger years yet for Nintendo 3DS in the United States.”
The Nintendo 3DS numbers bring total sales of Nintendo platforms to nearly 270 million in the US, with 145 million of that being handheld consoles.