This week its appearing quite possible that regardless of doubts in itsÂ successÂ and the wholeÂ price slashsituation, theÂ Nintendo 3DSÂ may well surpass its DS predecessorâ€™s first year sales. It is important to note first of all that even though the price cut didnâ€™t make everyone on the streets happy,Â sales did rise significantly. Sales started toÂ soarÂ come August of this year, and now according to the NPD Group the system has passed the 1.65 million units sold mark in the USA putting the device right on track to beat out the original in the same span.
In addition to the apparent jet engine rocketing the 3DS to victory here, Nintendo let known a few more impressive statistics on its recent sales, including 675,000 combined hardware units sold in October. A whole 250,000 of these were the 3DS, while 180,000 of the rest are also in the Nintendo DS family of systems. Of course this is nothing compared to the 7 million hardware units sold this year alongside more than 55 million units of software for those systems.
And donâ€™t forget the Wii, up 8 percent in sales this month compared to last year at this same time, while the original DS has increased 23 percent this month compared to just last month. These two units are heading in to their sixth and eighthÂ holidayÂ seasons and are set to continue their wave of sales event though the 3DS is the new handheld and the Wii is up against the wall with theÂ Playstation 3Â and theXbox 360.
Note also that we wonâ€™t see the nextÂ WiiÂ until at leastÂ late inside 2012Â while the 3DS is still set to be Nintendoâ€™sÂ great handheld hope. What do you think, is Nintendo in a good place with you, the consumer?