The 3DS And Its Strong Lineup Push Nintendo To A Profit

While the Wii U's sales may be a stark disappointment to Nintendo, it still found hope in its handheld lineup, with particular thanks to the western release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Sales of the 3DS and its titles helped boost the company to a profit in the first quarter of its fiscal year.

The 3DS sold 1.4 million units globally from April to June, Nintendo reported, of which nearly one million were sales of the 3DS XL. Titles such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon certainly helped the platform and Nintendo's bottom line as well.

New Leaf sold 1.19 million copies outside of Japan in a little less than one month. Luigi's Mansion pushed 1.43 million copies overall, with 950,000 of that coming from the west, and Tomodachi Collection sold 1.39 million, all of it in Japan.

Those were the only three million-selling titles listed by the company in its earnings, but they speak to the health and quality of Nintendo's handheld offerings. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D may not have pushed a million but the company listed it as a highlight; the game released in mid-June in Japan after a late May launch in the West.

The original DS line continues to add a trickle of revenue to Nintendo's bottom line, selling 60,000 units worldwide even if the company no longer forecasts sales for that device. Nintendo had seen a loss of about $US176 million in the same quarter last year; this year it showed an $US88 million profit for the first quarter. After two consecutive years of losses, company president Satoru Iwata set a goal of a ¥100 billion ($1.1 billion) profit by the end of March 2014.


    I want Majora's Mask on my 3DS XL.

      I hope to god that they never do this.

      If Majora's Mask needs to be revisited, it needs to be put on Wii U. And none of this "staying faithful to the original" bullshit with the audio. Total rework of the entire soundscape.

        No way! Put it in the 3ds. They did ocarina of time 3ds now they should do majoras mask 3ds i would much rather it portable the on wiiu.

          They can just chuck it on the 3DS virtual console, then you can have your portable Majora.

          I want it to look and sound as incredible as it deserves to, and you can only get that through a console. A 3D remake in the vein of OoT would just be a waste.

            I still dont agree with you, but N64 emulation would beawsome. I think they should make majoras mask the same but maybe better graphics.

            I was thinking along the same lines. I'm not overly excited about a HD windwaker on Wii U, but imagine a remastered Majora's Mask on the home console. Ocarina was quite good on my 3DS, but I can't help but feel the immensity of the game was diminished on the small portable. Keep it big Nintendo, MM for Wii U!

          They have ocarina of time on the 3ds? I must get it.

      Not until we meet with a terrible fate...

    Can someone from Kotaku pass on the word that we want GBA emulation on the 3ds, Nintendo's profits would probably be way higher,

      There is, i have wario land gba and fire emblem gba. It might only be for ambassadors only im not sure.

        It is indeed ambassadors only.

          :( wryyyyy!

          Just looked up the Ambassador and half of them are games I wanted rofl. Wouldn't mind seeing Super Mario World though too, that was cool.

    Fire Emblem, New Leaf, Dark Mansion and we've still got X/Y, Smash and Yoshi's New Island to come. Rehashed or not, Nintendo are pumping out some seriously good games. They should be blowing everyone else out of the water, but it's a shame that people are so accustomed to "wow-factor" and "videogames as literature" that they ignore seriously great, creative GAME DESIGN.

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