Nintendo has suffered a lot recently, with the Wii U falling short in terms of sales, and a lot of gamers abandoning handhelds for smartphones. But February has in fact seen some really positive news for Nintendo, and it’s New 3DS console (yes, the name really does include the word ‘New’ in the title).
New Nintendo 3DS outsells the rest
The latest game from the Japanese video game company, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask for the 3DS games console, was the best selling portable game in the franchise’s history, according to NPD Group.
Majora’s Mask has had great reviews, and has nabbed the number one sales position beating any game on the larger consoles, including the sci-fi game Evolve in number 2 and the survival horror game Dying Light in third position.
The video game industry apparently grew 8% in February from compared with the same period last year, mainly thanks to a 10% boost coming from new hardware. Nintendo can take the credit for that as it launched the New 3DS games console, beating Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One for the best-selling hardware in the month.
It’s a sign that Nintendo’s business might be regaining some health, as the Wii U (which launched in 2012) has missed the company’s sales expectations and led to significant losses for the company, putting more pressure on the 3DS handheld, which is helping prop the company up.
With the recent launch of Zelda and various other games in Nintendo’s huge catalog (including a new version of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U last year), Nintendo looks like it’s getting back on track. In fact, the company said this week that sales of the Wii U increased by 20% in February from the same time last year.
Personally, I am a very big fan of Nintendo, as they have produced some of the most playable and well crafted games of all time. Perhaps it’s time to shell out and pick up the New 3DS to see what all the fuss is about…