Nintendo announced earlier today that the Nintendo DS will have sold 4.5 million units in North America come the handheld's first birthday, March 27. This is an impressive feat considering the 3D handheld began with a slow start, but thanks to last year's price cut and popular game releases like Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, those sales have boosted significantly.
"With a massive lineup of first and third party games and more on the way, a budding library of entertainment options and an engaged and growing installed base, Nintendo 3DS has an incredibly bright future," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "We're just getting started but this platform is built for the long haul."
Now what's really interesting is that the 3DS actually outperformed Nintendo's last popular handheld, the Nintendo DS within a year. The original DS sold 2.3 million units by its first anniversary on November 21, 2004, which seems far less for what the handheld came to become. Of course, the game library of the 3DS is actually quite large in comparison to the DS's offerings in its first year -- Nintendo has clearly learned from those mistakes this time around.
If you're interested in getting this cool new handheld you can find it on Future Shop for $169.99: Nintendo 3DS
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