Life-to-date sales of the 3DS and 2DS have topped 11.5 million in the U.S., the company announced Friday.
U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff has ordered the company to pay 1.82 percent of the wholesale price of each 3DS it sells moving forward to a company called Tomita, after Nintendo was found to be using patented camera technology without permission.
Shares of the Kyoto-based video game maker hit a two-year high today, jumping 4 percent as traders in Japan speculated that strong 3DS sales numbers in the U.S. could help the company’s overall bottom line.
To say that Nintendo got off to a rocky start with the 3DS is something of an understatement. After a slight surge when it went on sale, consumer interest nose-dived, forcing the company to slash pricesand admit to being guided by hubris.
These days, though, things are looking up for the handheld system. It recently surpassed the first year sales totals of the DS system, and life to date system sales are at a solid 3 million. By February, the company expects to cross the 4 million mark.
Sales of Nintendo’s beleaguered 3DS handheld were up a whopping 260 percent in August (compared to July) after the system’s $70 price cut went into effect. Even more impressive, that price cut was only in effect for part of the month.
Nintendo has acknowledged that sales of its new portable gaming system have slowed down — and it’s not entirely sure why.