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November 2013 NPD: Nintendo’s response – hardware sales up 100%, 3DS surpasses 10 million

Posted on December 12, 2013 by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News, Podcast Stories, Wii U

Nintendo has issued a response to the latest NPD report, revealing some fairly impressive sales for its two primary systems and games.

Hardware sales for Nintendo platforms are up by 100 percent over the month prior, the company says. The 3DS family sold roughly 770,000 units, bringing the handheld’s lifetime sales past 10 million to nearly 10.5 million units in the US. Wii U sales also rose by more than 340 percent over sales in October.

Notable software sales include Pokemon X/Y at 225,000 units (lifetime 2.35 million units), Zelda: A Link Between Worlds at 280,000 units (405,000 with the Zelda 3DS XL bundle), and Super Mario 3D World at 215,000 units.

You can find Nintendo’s full response below.

Nintendo Hardware Sales Increase by 100 Percent, Nintendo 3DS Surpasses 10 Million

Two games that are among the best reviewed of 2013 launched on Nov. 22: Super Mario 3D World for Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS. The strong response to these games helped sales of Nintendo hardware systems in November increase by 100 percent over the month prior. This includes nearly 770,000 units of the Nintendo 3DS family, which drove the lifetime total past 10 million to nearly 10.5 million units. Other sales milestones achieved for the month include:

Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems

  • Pokémon X and Pokémon Y each sold more than 225,000 combined digital and physical units in their second month on the market. This brought the combined life-to-date total to more than 2.35 million units. On Dec. 4, Nintendo revealed special edition Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Nintendo 2DS bundles that should keep the games’ momentum going through the holidays and into 2014.
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the sixth Nintendo 3DS title to have a Metacritic score of 90 or higher, sold more than 280,000 combined digital and physical units. That figure jumps to more than 405,000 total units when including the special edition Zelda-themed Nintendo 3DS XL system, which comes with a code to download the game.
  • A handful of first-party Nintendo 3DS titles saw triple-digit sales percentage increases in November over sales in October. This includes standout 2013 titles such as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (seventh month on market; 140 percent increase) and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (ninth month; 105 percent increase), and legacy titles such as Paper Mario: Sticker Star (13th month; 280 percent increase), Mario Kart 7 (23rd month; 130 percent increase) and Super Mario 3D Land (24th month; 235 percent increase).

Wii U

  • Sales of Wii U hardware increased by more than 340 percent over sales in October.
  • Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, currently the highest-rated next-generation title with a Metacritic score of 94, sold more than 215,000 combined digital and physical units in its first eight days on the market.

“This holiday season, Nintendo is offering an unparalleled combination of value and variety,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “In looking at these results, two things are indisputable: Our hardware is gaining momentum at the exact right time and our software catalog is stronger than ever.”

*Data regarding physical sales of games in November are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.

Source: Nintendo PR

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  • Obambush

    Wii u is dead confirmed!

    • Daldrakar


      • You are flat out wrong

        The guy’s a scummy Xdrone, what did you expect?

        • NintenScience


        • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

          LOL LOL

          Here is the “Xdrone” logic:


          LOL, the “Xdrones” are even more delusional than “Xbots”, because “Xdrones” will want to troll anything that the “Xdrones” consider as the so-called “enemy” of “Microsoft Corporation”…

          LOL LOL

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu



    • Rukiafan Rukiachan

      Nintendo seriously needs to do something, but at this point it’s hard to see it turning this around.

      • Brandon

        yup agreed go portable only nintendo! my friend wants you to!!! I don’t but my friend does. 😛

      • TheScienceEnthusiast1130


    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3


    • NintenScience

      Xbox One*

    • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

      Go back to your fail troll cave, you religious/politically conservative f***head (also known as an ignorant f***head)…

  • gimmegimmekevin

    I’m one of the biggest Wii U supporters I know of. I really thought it would do at least 350k. 220k is absolutely dreadful. Not only that but the fact that Mario barely doubled Lego City’s numbers is bad too. That indicates that a lot of the 1.5 million Wii U US owners have given up or spent all their money on other consoles. I seriously have no clue what Nintendo does from here. Dead console? No but it needs to go back to the drawing board. The worst part is they probably don’t have any real plan that can be launched in time for Mario Kart 8’s spring release. I love the Game Pad but I’d drop it, cut the system down to $199 with a Wii Remote and Pro Controller and hope things get better. I think this may send the message to Nintendo that unless you get another big hit like the Wii, that consumers want to play big multiplatform games more than great first party games. At least thats the what the NPD Top 10 have been saying all year.

    • Damian Waga

      Yes, drop the biggest selling point of the Wii U.
      Honestly, never go into marketing. Take away the gamepad, and who’ll buy the console? The “hardcore” would just see an underpowered PS4/X1, while the casual market would have no interest either way, moving to mobile, or buying what is most popular.
      The tablet may be a “gimmick”, but it well sell more consoles than what looks exactly like a Wii with a Xbox controller.

      • gimmegimmekevin

        The biggest selling point that Nintendo doesn’t even both to advertise in the very few Wii U commercials they do put out? Look,like I said I love the Game Pad. I’d rather they redesign it and cut screen size to make it more profitable. No one is buying the console with the Game Pad to begin with and the Game Pad is the biggest deterrent on dropping the price. The Wii U, to a lot of consumers, didn’t really even get a price cut since its still $299. We never thought we’d see a 2DS after all.

        • Damian Waga

          This makes more sense, though i’m not sure what they can really do to cut back on costs. The 2ds came out of the fact that few people found 3d to be useful, and rarely used it, along with a need to make a cheaper option. The gamepad on the other hand is the core of the Wii U, and changing it itself too much would result in compatibility issues and ability to play off-screen decently.

        • Furious Francis

          Gimmegimmeidiot should be your new name. Dude stop acting like you know what your talking about….when you don’t

  • Jeremy Carrier

    I’m sorry, I love the Wii U, love Pikim 3, WWHD, Wonderful 101, Super Mario 3D World…but if you can’t sell half a million consoles in the united states of america in the month of November on your second year on the market with your biggest game of the year…you’re done. 220k is the kiss of death. Iwata will not be around for much longer.

    • Furious Francis

      All Nintendo had in November was Super Mario 3D World and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.

      – Kiss of death? Why? Smash, Mario Kart, Zelda, Monolith Soft X, Bayonetta 2, and more come out next year.

      If Kaz Harai is still around after the Vita, why shouldn’t Iwata be around with Wii U?

      • gimmegimmekevin

        Kaz Hirai is still around because the PS3 started selling a lot better after the slim model and the PS4 is a huge success out of the gate. Sony went out of their way to listen to what third parties wanted in the PS4 and thus changed it from 2GB DDR5 to 4GB DDR5 to eventually 8GB. The difference is Nintendo builds machines to play Nintendo games whereas Sony built the PS4 to appease third parties. Also, as much as I want the Wii U to do better if 3D Mario can’t make a dent during the friggin’ holidays I doubt Kart or Smash Bros have a much greater impact either. I’d love to be wrong.

        • Furious Francis

          So in other words, you completely ignore the failings of the Vita, because he helped sell the PS3 more and because the PS4 has 8GB of RAM?

          “Also, as much as I want the Wii U to do better if 3D Mario can’t make a dent during the friggin’ holidays I doubt Kart or Smash Bros have a much greater impact either.”

          – The Wii U has sold around 500K in the month of November, how is that not “putting a dent” for the holiday. Mario 3D World will hit a million by the end of December.

          – And you doubt Kart or Smash will help sell the Wii U? That’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard.

          You need to actually look at the sales numbers before you go tying away dude.

        • Justin Parris

          So Kaz Hirai gets credit for the PS3 but Iwata doesn’t get credit for the 3DS? Incidentally, why don’t people mention the fact that the 3DS is stomping all over Sony and Microsoft when they talk about how much of a failure Nintendo is? Also note: 3D Mario has never really successfully sold a console all on his own. Why did anyone expect it to work differently here?

          • TJB3NC .

            People put Nintendo down all the while wanting them to put Mario and Zelda on multiplatorms. Makes no sense.

        • TJB3NC .

          Yep! And those 3rd party developers are releasing game after game *full* of glitches and bugs. Says a lot right there.

    • -ZaNT-

      That’s the spirit! But no seriously, doubt them if you want. Just know that you’ll around in spring of 2014.

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      keep dreaming

      • NintenScience


  • Adrian Brown

    Little by little. Get ready for Bayonetta, Mario Kart 8, Zelda U and Smash Bros.

  • -ZaNT-

    Miracles don’t happen overnight by the way. It take time, patience, and work. So I just hope people can understand that the Wii U’s changing as we speak. Over time it will be shown, For now, we just wait…. until. 2014.

  • henrik

    Couple of things nintendo could possibly do to drop the price of Wii U. 1 drop backwards compatibility and 2 which was mentioned already shrink the gamepad screen and controller

    • Furious Francis

      The Wii U will be on the market longer than the GameCube, and if you count indie developers, the Wii U has just as much if not more support than the Cube.

      I’m pretty sure the Wii U will sell more than the Cube, Just because of the lineup they have for next year.

      • henrik

        Indie devs generally don’t effect sales and Next years line up is smash, MK8, X and well I can’t think of anything else that might really bump the sales. I think Game Cube had smash and MK and I can’t remember it being sold for a loss.
        In order for the Wii U to start selling well it’s gona need some serious work from Nintendo.