Although we’ve been expecting it, Nintendo officially announced today that more than 20 million physical copies of Nintendo 3DS games have been sold in the United States. This is according to latest data released by the NPD Group, a consumer market research group that keeps track of the various U.S. industries’ sales — gaming being one of them.
Nintendo attributed the feat to the “strong starts of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, and the “continued strength” of Fire Emblem Awakening.
In March alone Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon sold nearly 365,000 physical units, and has now sold more than 415,000 combined physical and digital units to date. Fire Emblem Awakening sold an additional 64,000 combined physical and digital physical copies in March, and has now sold more than 240,000 combined units to date. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity sold more than 145,000 combined physical and digital units for the month. Total sales of Nintendo 3DS software at retail increased by more than 50 percent over March 2012.
Looking ahead, Nintendo expects the momentum of the 3DS to grow as we prepare for a massive slate of new 3DS software releases, including: LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins on April 24, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on May 24, Animal Crossing: New Leaf on June 9 and Mario and Luigi: Dream Team on Aug. 11.
Additionally, in a Nintendo Direct that aired on April 17, Nintendo announced or provided more details about new entrants in the Yoshi’s Island, Mario Party, The Legend of Zelda and Mario Golf franchises for the Nintendo 3DS system.