3DS XL and New Super Mario Bros. 2 make strong weekend debut in Japan
While we still have a few weeks of waiting left before we in the States can get our hands on the Nintendo 3DS XL and New Super Mario Bros. 2, both have been out since Saturday in Japan, and the people have been all over them.
Citing statistics released by Japanese publisher Enterbrain, Famitsu.com (via Andriasang) reported that 193,441 3DS XL (or 3DS LL, as it's known in Japan) units were sold during the past weekend. Not that bad a start for a revised handheld that's only been on the market for two whole days.
Along with the XL, New Super Mario Bros. 2 raked in some big numbers in its first two days, selling in the vicinity of 430,185 copies. It should be noted that the sales number only applies to retail sales, and does not take into account the sales of the game's digital download version. Also, Enterbrain has not made it clear whether the sales of download codes available at retailers factor into its sales figures.
Even so, Nintendo has made some good sales so far in Japan. Hopefully, a similar pattern will play out in Europe (which also got the 3DS XL on Saturday), the US (we have to wait until August 19 for the XL and NSMB 2) and elsewhere.
Signs are encouraging, and from the look of things, Nintendo's financial situation is rising from the slump it's been in for the past year. Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know.
Link 1: Andriasang
Link 2: Game Informer
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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