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The Nintendo 3DS sold more units in December than any other console has in Japan since Enterbrain began tracking sales figures in 1997.

The console sold a staggering 1,492,931 units between November 28 and December 25 in Japan.

It seems the questionable price cut last July along with an increase in quality software with landmark franchises such as Mario Kart for the system has finally started to pay dividends for the company.

The 3DS recently reached the four million sales mark in the U.S..

Although its main competitor has had problems selling since it hit the market on December 17, things may be looking up for the PlayStation Vita. It was announced last night at CES that the handheld has surpassed the 500,000 unit mark in sales and will be getting Netflix near the U.S. launch as well, also.

It will be interesting to see which system sells more when Sony’s device hits the western markets come February.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andy-Hutchinson/1072173900 Andy Hutchinson

    I think you failed to note that in the Period 26th Dec – 1st Jan the PSvita was outsold nearly 5-1 by the 3DS and that the PSP outsold the vita. To call the PSvita a failure in Japan would be an under-exaggeration. And why was the price cut ‘questionable’ exactly?

    • Josh Hamel

      The price cut was questionable at the time because it was hard to find another system that had been dropped in price so drastically so soon after release and for the first time Nintendo was selling a system at a loss. The company’s stock price dropped something like 10% after the price cut was announced.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andy-Hutchinson/1072173900 Andy Hutchinson

        Questionable at the time, now clearly a good decision

  • Anonymous

    Doo-doo-doo-doo-do, doo-doo-doo-doo-do(doing the jig)

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