The NPD Group recently released its report for the month of August, highlighting hardware and software sales data in the US. Since then, Nintendo has released a follow-up report, detailing some positive for its handheld system, 3DS. Thanks to “excitement for the Pokémon brand” sparked by Pokémon GO, 3DS hardware sales in August were up 83% over the same period last year. 2DS (which recently received a $20 price cut) performed even better, as its sales spiked 500% compared to last August.

Nintendo also saw improved software figures last month. first-party 3DS titles saw their sales jump 57% year over year, and both Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire re-entered the software charts. Nintendo also reports that Wii U software sales were up 30%. Nintendo was hoping to use mobile games to attract consumers to their dedicated gaming platforms, and Pokémon GO (despite not being one of the Nintendo/DeNA games) appears to be doing exactly that.

Source: MCV UK

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