Nintendo reported in a press release yesterday (April 16th) that “sales of the Nintendo hardware system up nearly 60 percent in 2015” citing strong new releases driving the increase in hardware sales especially with the release of the New Nintendo 3DS XL.
The Nintendo 3DS has sold nearly 80 percent more in the first quarter of 2015 than it did in 2014. Additionally, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D sold 184,000 units in the second month of release, for a total of 730,000 units sold. These numbers are dwarfed by the goliath that is Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS which has sold a staggering 2.4 million units
The Wii U enjoyed increased a 20 percent increase in the first three months of 2015 over the same period in 2014. This increase in sales was undoubtedly driven by popular titles like Mario Party 10 selling nearly 290,000 in just two weeks. The latest in the iconic Smash Brothers series, Super Smash Brothers for Wii U and Mario Kart 8 sold 1.6 million units and 1.9 million units respectively. Not bad for being on the market less than a year.
Nintendo continues to be optimistic about the future, writing that the recent and upcoming releases of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and Splatoon should continue the upward trend of sales. The pillar of handheld gaming remains strong for Nintendo with the Wii U gaining ground it seems. Will the trend continue throughout the year and into 2016? Only time will tell. Stay tuned, Nintendorks.
Source: Nintendo PR