3DS XL Excels in Japan
According to Famitsu, Nintendo’s 3DS XL has performed very well in Japan in only two days of availability, having sold 193,000 units. That’s pretty good compared to the first two days of the DSi and DSi XL—which are the last two “revamped” versions of Nintendo’s last-gen handheld—which sold 170,000 and 103,000, respectively. It seems as though whatever stigma there was around the 3DS console in general has more or less disappeared at this point.
In addition, New Super Mario Bros. 2, which launched on the same day as the embiggened console, sold 430,000 copies in those first two days, a respectable amount, indeed.
The 3DS XL and NSMB2 launch in North America on August 18—though, no still no word yet on whether or not GameStop will offer a sweet trade-in deal for upgrades on this side of the Atlantic. All in all, though, this all seems like good news for Nintendo’s quest to reclaim financial stability this year. I’m into it!