Hot off the heels of their well-received E3 showcase, Nintendo has even more good news to embrace. Today, the house of Mario proudly announced that their Nintendo 3DS handheld sold more units than any other platform during the month of May, according to data from NPD Group.
The company has two of its newest titles to thank, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, ranking respectfully as the second and third highest selling games across all platforms — I picked up both myself. Of course, that impossibly hard to find limited edition Pikachu 3DS XL probably helped sales as well.
What’s even more impressive is that overall software sales of the Nintendo 3DS are up 60% from the previous year, clear proof that the handheld is just getting started. With games like Mario Party 3DS, Mario Golf: World Tour, Pokemon X, Pokmeon Y, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds headed our way, we can expect big sales to linger for quite some time.
To read Nintendo’s full press release, continue reading below the break.
Nintendo 3DS Was the Best-Selling Video Game Platform in May
Nintendo 3DS continued its strong year with another first: The platform was the best-selling video game hardware platform in the United States in May. The launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on May 23 and another strong month for Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moonhelped Nintendo 3DS software sales in stores increase by more than 60 percent over the same time last year. Nintendo 3DS also had two of the top three best-selling software SKUs for the month, with Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at No. 2 and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon at No. 3.
At the recently concluded E3 trade show in Los Angeles, Nintendo defined its proposition for the holiday season by showcasing a cavalcade of great games coming for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems in 2013. Starting in August and continuing through the end of the year, Wii U will launch one major game a month, including Pikmin 3 (Aug. 4), The Wonderful 101 (Sept. 15), The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (October), Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (November) and Super Mario 3D World (December). Nintendo 3DS will build on its momentum with the successive launches of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Aug. 11),Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (Oct. 12) Mario Party for Nintendo 3DS (name not final, November) and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (November).