Nintendo reports that consumers this year purchased Nintendo 3DS games in record numbers in 2013 and has released specific numbers to back up their claim. The games train doesn\’t appear to have any breaks however as Nintendo plans more great games to continue the momentum in 2014. A recap of 2013 by the numbers is as follows:
- More than 16 million Nintendo 3DS games (Digitally and packaged) were sold in 2013, an increase of over 45 percent over 2012\’s Nintendo 3DS game sales.
- The Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems, which also includes Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS, has crossed lifetime hardware sales of more than 11.5 million in the United States alone.
- Seven Nintendo 3DS games that launched in 2013 have a Metacritic score of 85 or higher, including two games at 90+ (The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Fire Emblem Awakening).
Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America\’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing: \”Nintendo 3DS is a powerhouse with games and experiences that appeal to all kinds of players. We\’re not slowing down in 2014. With more games featuring fan-favorite franchises on the way, the best days of Nintendo 3DS are still to come.\”
It is difficult to argue the the Nintendo 3DS did not have an amazing 2013 after struggling to gain momentum for the first 6 months and finally achieving major success after it\’s 8th and 9th month on the market, when Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 made their debuts. Since then, critically acclaimed titles such as Fire Emblem: Awakening, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Luigi\’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, and much more.
Now, Nintendo is asking you to keep your excitement rolling this year as it has great Nintendo 3DS games planned for early 2014 to keep the momentum going. Produced the creative director of the original Yoshi\’s Island for Super NES, Yoshi\’s New Island launches March 14 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop. In this game, Yoshi reunites with Baby Mario in a scenic landscape to help him to safety. Flutter jumps, ground pounds and egg throws all return, along with some new actions that use the unique features of Nintendo 3DS.
Disney Magical World is another game Nintendo is appears to be pushing featuring dozens of Disney characters in a variety of Disney-themed worlds. The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on April 11.
A free demo of Square Enix\’s amazing RPG Bravely Default is also now available in the Nintendo eShop. The extensive demo features content not included in the main game, but players who purchase the full game can transfer some of their data. The full game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Feb. 7.
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is the last of the 4 Nintendo wants to remind you about. The game challenges players with more than 150 mind-bending puzzles. In this final installment in the second Professor Layton trilogy, players embark on a worldwide adventure in search of lost Azran artifacts. The game launches Feb. 28 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.
Stay tuned for our full analysis of year 2013, including discussion on what kind of a recovery the Wii U has made since January of that year.