The seven year old Nintendo DS continues to be a retail powerhouse, outselling its more powerful replacement console by more than 2:1. June sales figures from Nintendo show that the original machine clocked up an impressive 386,000 sales, with the 3DS only managing 143,000. Meanwhile the recent price drop of the Wii seemed to be doing its job with 273,000 units sold.
Of course these are only US figures, and it would be interesting to compare them to sales figures out of Japan, where take-up of new technology is seen as higher. The lack of quality software certainly seems to be a factor in the relatively low sales of Nintendo’s new machine, and will certainly be something they will be thinking about when planning the launch of the Wii U for next year.
Considering the only really quality game released for the 3DS since launch is Super Street Fighter IV 3D, figures are perhaps understandably low, with cash-strapped gamers and parents alike waiting for the AAA releases before dropping their cash, and perhaps opting for a much cheaper DS console instead. A ray of hope for Nintendo was The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D (phew!) managing to sell 283,000 units, which means an impressive percentage of 3DS owners picked it up. With eagerly anticipated titles like Star Fox 3D, Super Mario and Kid Icarus all on the way over the next few months, Nintendo may not have too long to wait before those hardware sales figures look a little more impressive.