Well, talk about turning a corner. This coming Sunday marks the first anniversary of the Nintendo 3DS handheld’s launch in Japan. The unit has just crossed the five million sold mark, effectively making it the fastest selling piece of gaming hardware Nintendo has produced. Note that that is five million units sold – in other words out of retailers and into the hands of Japanese gamers. It also means that on average, just less than 14,000 3DS units were sold each day in Japan.
It’s taken Nintendo 52 weeks to sell this many 3DS handhelds in Japan. Previously, the Nintendo DS held the record for shifting five million units in 56 weeks; before that it was the Game Boy Advance with five million units in 58 weeks. This means that the 3DS has even beaten the Wii insofar as Japanese sales in the first year are concerned.