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Nintendo Sells More Than 1.75 Million Hardware Units in November

Strong sales on Black Friday and the arrival of Wii U helped Nintendo sell more than 1.75 million total hardware units in the United States in November, according to the NPD Group. This includes nearly 910,000 units of portable hardware and more than 845,000 home console units. November 2012 marks the 36th time that Nintendo has sold more than 1 million hardware units in one month in the United States since 2004.

“The groundbreaking Wii U, the continued strength of Nintendo 3DS and the enduring appeal of Wii and Nintendo DS drove momentum on Black Friday and through November,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Wii U is off to a tremendous start in the United States, is essentially sold out at retail and has cemented its status as the ‘must-have’ product this holiday season.”

Nintendo milestones achieved in November include:

Wii U: Following its launch on Nov. 18 and with only seven days of sales captured in the data, Wii U sold more than 425,000 units, nearly matching the Wii system’s first-week total of 475,000. On the software front, New Super Mario Bros. U sold more than 243,000 units, an attach rate of nearly 60 percent.

Nintendo 3DS: The platform kicked off its second holiday season by selling nearly 540,000 units and has now sold nearly 6.5 million units life to date. Additionally, Mario Kart 7 became the second Nintendo 3DS game to cross 2 million units sold in the U.S.

Wii: In its seventh November, Wii sold 420,000 units and has now sold more than 40 million units in the United States alone.

Nintendo DS: In its 97th month overall, Nintendo DS sold more than 370,000 units and will cross 53 million units sold life to date in the next few days.

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06 Dec 2012 20:10

Hey Nintendo! The DS is eating up 3DS sales, if the 3DS doesn't take off games won't be made for it and then the sales will drop more. Discontinue it please (and lower the price of the 3DS and 3DS XL again)
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06 Dec 2012 20:23

Exactly! Stop making new DS games, and FOR GOD'S SAKE, STOP SELLING DS'S! You're cannibalizing your own platform! Kill off the Wii ASAP as well.
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06 Dec 2012 20:28

LegendofSantiago wrote:Hey Nintendo! The DS is eating up 3DS sales, if the 3DS doesn't take off games won't be made for it and then the sales will drop more. Discontinue it please (and lower the price of the 3DS and 3DS XL again)


LegendofSantiago,

This is usually what happens when a system is successful. The Predecessor and the Successor coexist for a while until the Successor establishes itself. This is done by having a health library of games for users to choose from and it's done by developers showcasing must have future titles. The 3DS is still young and will eventually come out of the shadows of the DS. Remember this also happened to the PS2 after the PSX was successful, The PS3 lived in the Shadow of the PS2. The DS lived in the shadow of the GBA. The PS Vita is living in the Shadow of the PSP. It's not a bad thing. This allows console makers to offset losses generally associated with introducing a new product to market.
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06 Dec 2012 20:31

While I'll agree the DS has gone on too long beyond it's obsoleteness thanks to Pokemon Black and White 1 and 2, the Wii has been near death since 2010 thanks to severe software droughts. Wii Mini won't revive the Wii even if it expands beyond Canada. Just like how the GBA Micro failed to keep the GBA train going when the DS was first out.
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06 Dec 2012 20:42

Why cancel the DS? There are still some good titles coming out for it. Plus, that would mean double sales with people upgrade to 3DS a year or two later.
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06 Dec 2012 21:11

"Wii U sold more than 425,000 units, nearly matching the Wii system’s first-week total of 475,000."

So there weren't 600,000 Wii units sold on the launch week in 2006 as so many sites said and the Wii U almost sold the same units at higher price than Wii...
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06 Dec 2012 21:42

Autosaver wrote:Why cancel the DS? There are still some good titles coming out for it. Plus, that would mean double sales with people upgrade to 3DS a year or two later.


Devil's Advocate here, but 3rd parties will look at the numbers and see there's a weak 3DS market and will start scaling back support and then those that sprung for DS's won't have a reason (or have little reason) to upgrade to the 3DS later further alienating 3rd parties.

That is until Nintendo starts hitting the 3DS with more killer apps. Like a Pokemon 3DS like what Black & White 2 should have been. There's been no big 3DS hit since last year's Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. NSMB 2 isn't selling like hotcakes like NSMB Wii did and NSMB 2 is being outshadowed by NSMB U. Paper Mario: Sticker Star is being panned for ruining the Paper Mario franchise.
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06 Dec 2012 21:45

godie11 wrote:"Wii U sold more than 425,000 units, nearly matching the Wii system’s first-week total of 475,000."

So there weren't 600,000 Wii units sold on the launch week in 2006 as so many sites said and the Wii U almost sold the same units at higher price than Wii...

I think the 600000 number was a combined one.
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06 Dec 2012 21:59

Ngamer01 wrote:
Autosaver wrote:Why cancel the DS? There are still some good titles coming out for it. Plus, that would mean double sales with people upgrade to 3DS a year or two later.


Devil's Advocate here, but 3rd parties will look at the numbers and see there's a weak 3DS market and will start scaling back support and then those that sprung for DS's won't have a reason (or have little reason) to upgrade to the 3DS later further alienating 3rd parties.

That is until Nintendo starts hitting the 3DS with more killer apps. Like a Pokemon 3DS like what Black & White 2 should have been. There's been no big 3DS hit since last year's Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. NSMB 2 isn't selling like hotcakes like NSMB Wii did and NSMB 2 is being outshadowed by NSMB U. Paper Mario: Sticker Star is being panned for ruining the Paper Mario franchise.


Hyperbolic much?
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06 Dec 2012 22:19

People are still sore about Sticker Star I see. Let them vent.

The DS is on its way out with no new first-party titles and a handful of third-party shovelware left, so it's a matter of having clearance sales for the next year while establishing the 3DS again. 3DS really does need more software, eShop updates, and localizations, that's the biggest problem with the system right now.
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06 Dec 2012 22:23

Keep in mind it was Game Freak's decision to keep Pokemon on DS, not Nintendo's. Despite popular belief, Nintendo actually does not fully own Pokemon
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06 Dec 2012 23:09

nGen wrote:Hyperbolic much?


Maybe. I haven't played the game yet and I look forward to playing it to see how different it is compared to the past three games in the franchise.

I just hope the broken base overall doesn't give Nintendo a reason to shelve Paper Mario for good and possibly do questionable things to the Mario & Luigi series as a result.
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06 Dec 2012 23:21

Ngamer01 wrote:
nGen wrote:Hyperbolic much?


Maybe. I haven't played the game yet and I look forward to playing it to see how different it is compared to the past three games in the franchise.

I just hope the broken base overall doesn't give Nintendo a reason to shelve Paper Mario for good and possibly do questionable things to the Mario & Luigi series as a result.


To be honest, though I haven't played the game yet, I believe that Miyamoto-san needs to be kept away from any game where story is part of the driving force. I've only played Super Paper Mario, but I've also played Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. All three games had phenomenal stories. so it troubles me when Miyamoto-san says things like "It's fine without a story, so do we really need one?" (http://gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=191781) Nintendo has always had an odd history with RPG's. I'm not entirely sure that the people in charge actually like the genre.
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07 Dec 2012 11:51

These sales figures, including a 60% attach rate for Mario Bros. U, seem pretty good. Nintendo is making more revenue on the Wii U at launch than they did on the Wii during its launch.

Yet Michael Pachter still says Nintendo is doomed, Doomed, DOOMED.

Analysts be damned.... I'm enjoying the hell out of my 3DS and Wii U.

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