Nintendo has just released new sales data for the 3DS, DS/DSi and Wii systems as part of its first quarter sales report. The Nintendo 3DS handheld is now just over a year old, and Nintendo has now revealed that to date they have sold 19 million units worldwide – not bad for a system that many dubbed a failure shortly after its 2011 launch.
It’s not unusual for manufacturers to sell gaming hardware at a loss for the first stages of the lifecycle. Nintendo certainly added to that phenomenon thanks to their aggressive price cut of the 3DS a few months after launch. That period of loss is now behind the Japanese hardware manufacturer as they are now turning a profit on each 3DS unit sold as of today.
Despite this good news, Nintendo has posted a loss for this quarter of ¥17.2 billion, which works out to about R1.8 billion. That being said, it’s still an improvement on last year’s loss of ¥25.5 billion.