While Nintendo nay-sayers are always quick to point out that the 3DS hasn’t been as big a commercial success as the Nintendo DS – which sold a staggering 154.02 million consoles worldwide – the handheld has still shifted an impressive number of units, especially in its native Japan.
In fact, last week the 3DS shifted another 133,478 consoles in Japan, bringing its Japanese lifetime sales to 21,913,661. That’s more than the Sony PlayStation 2, which sold 21,833,216 in its homeland during its lifespan.
To put that into perspective, Sony’s system is the best-selling home console of all time, with over 155 million units sold worldwide, while the 3DS has “only” shifted 61.57 million globally. That just goes to show the power of portable gaming in the Land of the Rising Sun – let’s hope that the hybrid Nintendo Switch can continue this trend.