Domestic Sales of Nintendo's 3DS Cross 5 Million Units in Record Time

Pulkit Chandna

Even as Sony’s latest handheld, the PS Vita, continues to stumble from one dismal sales week to another in Japan, Nintendo has achieved something truly special by managing to sell over 5 million 3DS units in Japan in little less than a year -- the 3DS launched on February 26, 2011. It’s quite an amazing feat considering that probably even the most die-hard Nintendo supporter would have ruled out such a possibility a few months back. Hit the jump for more.

The 3DS has now become the fastest selling Nintendo gaming device ever in Japan, having sold 5 million units in about 52 weeks. The record previously belonged to 3DS’s predecessor, the Nintendo DS, which took four weeks more to sell as many units. One look at the above chart is enough to tell you that the odds were once firmly stacked against the 3DS staging such a come back.

The handheld hasn’t done too badly in other parts of the world either, with worldwide sales said to be somewhere in the vicinity of 15 million units. In fact, it has sold more than 4 million units in the United States alone. This news comes a few weeks after Nintendo said that it was on track for its first full-year loss in 30 years.

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