For months my 3DS lay gathering dust, to the extent that, when Super Mario 3D Land arrived on my desk, I openly wondered where I'd actually put the bloody thing. It had been so long since I'd seen it, let alone played the thing. Now I'm back to playing regularly and, in the wake of some solid software launches, the 3DS seems to be back on track in a very big way.
Nintendo Australia has just sent us a release stating that, 37 weeks after its launch, the 3DS has reached 200,000 sales more quickly than any previous console released in this country. That's faster than the Nintendo Wii, faster than the original DS even.
This follows news from Japan that the 3DS, with the release of the latest Monster Hunter title, has its best week yet in terms of sales.
Could it be that the 3DS crisis is over?
It's difficult to say. But if Nintendo can continue releasing a stream of top titles on the console I can only see it going from strength to strength. Software clearly is the key here. With a lacklustre line up for most of 2011, it was difficult to muster any interest in the Nintendo 3DS. Now an affordable price, combined with a handful of AAA releases has propelled the handheld to a solid Christmas effort.