It seems like Nintendo’s impending death has been greatly exaggerated as the company finished 2013 on fire. Nintendo announced that it’s seeing tremendous growth with its new 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS portable gaming consoles, so much so that sales of climbed up to 45 percent for the year. These numbers include games sold both in retail stores and its own eShop. The gaming icon was helped by many strong titles released in 2013, including The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and a slew of Pokemon and ‘Mario’ games.
The games are helping the company move hardware, which is something they have struggled with in the past few years. Nintendo said the 2DS and 3DS has now passed 11.5 million units in the US alone.
“Nintendo 3DS is a powerhouse with games and experiences that appeal to all kinds of players,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “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.”
As a proud owner of a Nintendo 3DS XL (Mario & Luigi Edition), I can say the company seems to be focusing on making compelling games. No matter how good or powerful the gaming console is, it means squat if you don’t have the games to play on it — Nintendo gets that.
The momentum will only continue as the company plans to release Yoshi’s New Island March 14 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop. In addition to the new Yoshi game, Mario Kart 8 is expected to hit stores in the Spring.