Speaking in an interview with Time, Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO of Nintendo of America has revealed that the 3DS has now surpassed year one DS sales.
When asked if the 3DS, which has been on sale for 8 months had passed year one sales of the original DS, Reggie said, “It just did.”
“In sales through this past Saturday—8 months—it has outsold the full 12 months of the original DS. During that 12 months time, the original DS sold 2.37 million and we just surpassed that this past Saturday, so we’ve got real good momentum going into the holidays.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Reggie seems to single out Mario and the refitted e-shop as the main reasons why the 3DS have picked up.
“The 3DS has been having positive momentum since the digital content came onboard with the eShop, the launch of Ocarina of Time and obviously the price reduction. We’ve been able to fuel that fire with Pokemon: Rumble Blast and Star Fox. What Mario did was bring a whole new range of consumers into the 3DS franchise.”