news\ Jan 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

Nintendo sells over 12 million combined Wii, 3DS, DS hardware units in 2011


Nintendo has had quite a successful year in 2011, selling more than 12 million hardware units combined.  Totaling sales from the Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo DS, Nintendo sold more than 12 million units in the U.S., marking the fifth year in a row that the company has accomplished that feat.

Nintendo outlined their sales in a press release today.  The specific numbers include:

  • More than 4.5 million units of Wii
  • More than 4 million Nintendo 3DS systems
  • More than 3.4 million units of the Nintendo DS

This brings the installed base for Wii and Nintendo DS to 39 million and more than 51 million, respectively.

Nintendo was aided by the releases of several successful software titles aimed at all ages including Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which broke launch records and became the 45th Wii title to sell more than 1 million units in the United States.  In addition, both Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land became the first 3DS games to sell 1 million units each in the United States.

“One of the strongest software lineups in our history helped Nintendo have a great holiday season and to close 2011 with a full head of steam,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Not only have the new Mario and Zelda titles already broken records, but with strong reviews and satisfied customers sharing their positive experiences, all three are also shaping up to be the latest long-tail titles from Nintendo. Couple that with a massive first- and third party lineup in the first part of the year and the prospects for 2012 are extremely promising.”

Looking ahead, Nintendo boasts another strong lineup of software that includes new installments in the Mario Party, Pokémon and Kid Icarus franchises. For Nintendo 3DS, third-party games such as Resident Evil Revelations from Capcom and METAL GEAR SOLID 3D Snake Eater from Konami are on the horizon.

In addition to the milestones reached by new software, two evergreen Nintendo titles celebrated milestones as 2011 drew to a close. Mario Kart Wii passed 11 million units sold and New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS family crossed 10 million total units sold.

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