February 14th, 2012 - As per the Research & Analysis division of analyst firm Forecasting & Analyzing Digital Entertainment, LLC (FADE), Nintendo's newest platform, the 3DS generated approximately $11.1 million USD from 3DS and Virtual Console titles in 2011.
Sales were led by Virtual Console title 'The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening', which sold 339,000 units in 2011, or an estimated $2.3 million USD. Performances were split between classic releases through Virtual Console, 3D remakes, and 3DS Ware titles, as titles from each collection were well-represented in the top 10, adjusted for gross revenue. Other key titles included 3D remake 'Excitebike' which saw an estimated 481,000 units downloaded during the year, with approximately half being during its free promotion in June, resulting in an estimated gross of $1.3 million USD.
Nintendo-published titles dominated the top ten with eight of ten titles being from the console manufacturer. Gameloft's 3DSWare offering 'Let's Golf 3D' placing as the top selling 3rd party title, with an estimated 43,000 units sold through the year, or $356,000 USD in revenues. "Nintendo generated 81% of gross revenues among downloadable titles in 2011, asserting dominance during the year. However, in order for the 3DS market to grow, Nintendo will need to promote 3rd parties in 2012" said Director of Research & Analysis, Benjamin Schlichter.
Estimated Top Selling Titles, by Gross Revenues (Annual, 2011)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo) - 338,700 Units / $2.3 Million USD
Excitebike (Nintendo) - 481,100 Units / $1.3 Million USD
Super Mario Land (Nintendo) - 230,500 Units / $1.1 Million USD
Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! (Nintendo) - 112,700 Units / $969,000 USD
Pushmo (Nintendo) - 93,300 Units / $634,000 USD
Kirby's Dream Land (Nintendo) - 84,500 Units / $384,000 USD
Let's Golf 3D (Gameloft) - 43,200 Units / $356,000 USD
Donkey Kong (Nintendo) - 82,800 Units / $348,000 USD
Xevious (Nintendo) - 47,900 Units / $301,000 USD
Hyu Stone (Poisoft) - 50,300 Units / $293,000 USD