Nintendo reveals 3DS sales have surpassed 4 million

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Keen to bang its own drum regarding sales strength—while also reminding the competition which company is leading the market—Nintendo today revealed that the 3DS console has now shifted in excess of four million units.

There is clearly a strong retail attraction associated with the 3DS, according to Nintendo, which would explain why the groundbreaking autostereoscopic platform has managed to surpass the consumer demand for Wii during its first nine months at retail.

“One of the strongest software lineups in our history helped Nintendo have a great holiday season and to close 2011 with a full head of steam,” commented Scott Moffitt, executive vice president of Sales & Marketing for Nintendo of America.

Beyond citing the contributing success of flagship 3DS titles including the likes of Mario Kart 7 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Nintendo has also suggested that interest in its Wii home console isn’t yet depleted.

Indeed, traction in the U.S. alone led to Nintendo selling 4.5 million units of the Wii throughout 2011, leaving the motion-sensing console’s global user base at around 51 million.

It’s also worth noting that the company fully expects momentum in the Wii brand to improve markedly when it unleashes the fully revamped Wii U later in 2012.

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