Nintendo 3DS Poised for Strong 2014 after Record-Setting Game Sales in 2013

  Nintendo 3DS Poised for Strong 2014 after Record-Setting Game Sales in 2013

 Game Sales Top 2012 Total by 45 Percent as Lifetime Hardware Sales Pass 11.5
                             Million in the U.S.

Business Wire

REDMOND, Wash. -- January 10, 2014

Shoppers bought Nintendo 3DS games in record numbers in 2013, and Nintendo
plans more great games to continue the momentum in 2014. Here is a recap of
2013 by the numbers:

  *More than 16 million combined packaged and digital Nintendo 3DS games were
    sold in 2013, an increase of more than 45 percent over 2012’s Nintendo 3DS
    game sales.
  *The Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems, which also includes Nintendo
    3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS, has crossed lifetime hardware sales of more than
    11.5 million in the United States alone.
  *Seven Nintendo 3DS games that launched in 2013 have a Metacritic score of
    85 or higher, including two games at 90+ (The Legend of Zelda: A Link
    Between Worlds and Fire Emblem Awakening).

“Nintendo 3DS is a powerhouse with games and experiences that appeal to all
kinds of players,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice
president of Sales & Marketing. “We’re not slowing down in 2014. With more
games featuring fan-favorite franchises on the way, the best days of Nintendo
3DS are still to come.”

Nintendo has great Nintendo 3DS games planned for early 2014 to keep the
momentum going. Yoshi’s New Island launches March 14 in stores and in the
Nintendo eShop. The game is being produced by Takashi Tezuka, the creative
director of the original Yoshi’s Island for Super NES. Yoshi reunites with
Baby Mario in a gorgeous landscape to help him to safety. Flutter jumps,
ground pounds and egg throws all return, along with some new actions that use
the unique features of Nintendo 3DS.

Disney Magical World is a new game featuring dozens of Disney characters in a
variety of Disney-themed worlds. Players can customize their characters with
hundreds of Disney-themed outfits and accessories, all while managing a café,
planting crops and collecting Disney character cards. Players help different
characters solve problems or find missing items. The game launches in stores
and in the Nintendo eShop on April 11.

A free demo of Square Enix’s amazing RPG Bravely Default is now available
exclusively in the Nintendo eShop. The extensive demo features content not
included in the main game, but players who purchase the full game can transfer
some of their data. The full game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop
on Feb. 7.

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy challenges players with more than 150
mind-bending puzzles. In this final installment in the second Professor Layton
trilogy, players embark on a worldwide adventure in search of lost Azran
artifacts. The game launches Feb. 28 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage
the content their children can access. For more information about this and
other features, visit

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entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets
hardware and software for its Wii U^™ and Wii^™ home consoles, and Nintendo
3DS^™ and Nintendo DS^™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it
launched the Nintendo Entertainment System^™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.1
billion video games and more than 659 million hardware units globally,
including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as
well as the Game Boy^™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi^™ and
Nintendo DSi XL^™, Super NES^™, Nintendo 64^™, Nintendo GameCube^™ and Wii
systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known,
household names such as Mario^™, Donkey Kong^™, Metroid^™, Zelda^™ and
Pokémon^™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in
Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the
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