Nintendo 3DS: Handheld Set To Be Christmas Big Seller

Posted: Updated:

Despite a faltering start, Nintendo’s 3DS could become the big seller this Christmas, according to a report in MCV.

The Metallic Red handheld in particular has been flying off the shelves, with most retailers running out of stock. Units of the Aqua Blue edition are also running low.

According to MCV, the 3DS was “comfortably the biggest selling games machine last week, shifting just shy of 70,000 copies”.

The increase in demand follows a price cut in August, alongside the release of Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. Leading in to the festive season, retailers have engaged in a price war, with the machine now available on the high street for as little as £119.

Speaking to MCV, GAME Group's category manager for Nintendo Iain Johnson said: "It's great to see Nintendo's peak marketing campaign in full swing, this combined with the launches of Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 have taken 3DS to a whole new level, making it this Christmas' "must have" present."

"We have seen strong sales so far and have high expectations for the final few weeks before Christmas. Well done Nintendo, Mario strikes again," he said.

Suggested For You

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Nintendo 3DS - Hardware Features and Overview at Nintendo

Nintendo 3DS | 3DS Games and Accessories | | GameStop

Nintendo 3DS review -- Engadget

Mario Leads the Pack of New Nintendo 3DS Titles

Name That Exhaust Note, Episode 116: Win a Nintendo 3DS and a Copy of F1 2011!

Shifting World Headed to Nintendo 3DS in 2012

Nyko Power Grip for Nintendo 3DS