The NPD sales figures for June 2013 are in and the Nintendo 3DS reigns atop the hardware sales list for the second month in a row. The 3DS bumped the Xbox 360 from the top spot back in May. Impressively, 3DS sales are up 42% since this time last year, largely thanks to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which has sold over half a million copies and was the second-best selling game in June, behind The Last of Us. Also driving 3DS ownership are continuing sales of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, both of which sold well over 100,000 copies in June alone. Nintendo has released a celebratory statement:
“Nintendo 3DS sold nearly 225,000 units of hardware in June and finished as the best-selling video game system in the U.S. for the second consecutive month. A strong launch for Animal Crossing: New Leaf and the continued strength of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon helped sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware and software increase by more than 40 percent and nearly 105 percent, respectively, over the same time last year.
Nintendo 3DS will build on its momentum with the successive launches of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Aug. 11), Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (Oct. 12), Mario Party for Nintendo 3DS (name not final; November) and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (November).
Starting in August and continuing through the end of the year, Wii U will launch a series of great games, including Pikmin 3 (Aug. 4), The Wonderful 101 (Sept. 15), The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (October), Wii Party U (October), Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (November), Super Mario 3D World (December) and Wii Fit U (December).”