The Nintendo 3DS doesn’t generate much buzz in the United States; it’s currently outselling both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in worldwide sales.
The console market is being dominated by the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Even though Nintendo and their Wii U is an afterthought compared to the two, the Nintendo 3DS is quietly outselling them both.
According to an interview with Nintendo’s Scott Moffitt, “Nintendo 3DS is here to stay,” said Nintendo’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Let me throw out a number that might surprise you. So far, on a global basis, Nintendo 3DS has sold more hardware than PS4 and Xbox One—combined.”
Without the incredible success of the 3DS, Nintendo would be struggling to stay afloat in today’s gaming market. The 3DS is small in stature, but it’s carrying Nintendo on its back with little to no help from the Wii U.
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As of today, according to Nintendo, the 3DS has sold a whopping 51.7 million consoles since its release in 2011. The PlayStation 4 has an estimated 30 million units sold, and the Xbox One sits at 17 million units sold.
Despite being a third wheel when it comes to consoles, Nintendo really does have handheld gaming on lock. The lack of competition (sorry, PS Vita fans) and continued innovation (there are currently six different versions of the 3DS) are driving forces behind the 3DS sale margins.
Nintendo has no intention of putting their foot on the brake anytime soon. This holiday season, 3DS owners have three noteworthy games heading their way. “Tri Force Heroes“, “Happy Home Designer” and and “Yo-Kai Watch” are all expected to sell well and drive 3DS sales even higher.