The NPD Group recently released its sales report for the month of may, including highlights of hardware sales in the US. Nintendo initially declined to issue any sort of comment, but they have since released a follow-up report that reveals a milestone and a few sales figures.
The biggest news from Nintendo’s report is that the 3DS family of handhelds has now officially sold over 60 million units worldwide. As of March 31st, 3DS had sold 58.85 million units, so Nintendo has sold at least 1.15 million in the past two months. Nintendo also commented on the recent 2DS price drop and the effect it has had, as well as the Super Mario Mash-Up DLC Pack in Minecraft. You can read their press release below:
“May was a milestone month for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Having recently passed 60 million units worldwide, the current generation’s top-selling dedicated gaming platform welcomed an entirely new audience with a lower suggested price of $79.99 for the Nintendo 2DS system. This big value has already shown big results. According to the NPD Group, which tracks U.S. video game sales, in May the system saw a 38 percent sales boost over April and a 148 percent increase year-on-year – all after just one week at the new price.
“New owners of the Nintendo 2DS system are finding an instant library of incredible games, such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which reentered the NPD Group’s top 25 best-sellers list nearly five years after its release. That game and other hit titles are available for $19.99 as part of the Nintendo Selects collection. Players can also look forward to plenty of exciting new games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems this year and beyond, such as Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon this November.
“On the Wii U console, downloads of Minecraft: Wii U Edition from Nintendo eShop grew more than 40 percent month-on-month thanks to the release of the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack, which adds fun Super Mario-themed content at no extra charge. The physical version of Minecraft: Wii U Edition, which includes the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack on the disc, will release on June 17 at a suggested retail price of just $29.99.”