According to preliminary sales figures, the New Nintendo 3DS XL has sold over three times as many units at launch as the original Nintendo 3DS XL. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata believes that some “video game enthusiasts” held off on buying the original 3DS XL in anticipation of the New Nintendo 3DS. Iwata says that “Our next challenge is to keep this sales momentum.”
“Here are our preliminary sales figures for New Nintendo 3DS launched last Friday in each region, and we are comparing the sales for the first two days to those of Nintendo 3DS XL. At the end of last year, some video game enthusiasts, who actively gather information on video games, held off on buying Nintendo 3DS hardware in anticipation of the New Nintendo 3DS launch. Thanks to these consumers and some highly anticipated titles being released simultaneously, we had a good launch despite it not being the usual sales season. Our next challenge is to keep this sales momentum.”
— Satoru Iwata
It is worth noting that the 3DS XL was released midway into the original 3DS’s lifetime as a line extension, whereas the New 3DS XL is practically being marketed as an entirely new console. Do you believe that the New Nintendo 3DS XL will be successful going forward? For those who do not own a New 3DS XL, do you plan on picking one up in the future? Let us know in the comments below!