During that 12 months time, the original DS sold 2.37 million and we just surpassed that this past Saturday, so we’ve got real good momentum going into the holidays, Fils-Aime told Time.
This counters the current assumption of the industry that hand-held consoles are being replaced by smartphones, and that the 3DS has come in an unfavorable era.
However, this sale increase wasn’t spontaneous; it was only after the 3DS’s massive price drop that the sale rate of the console steeped substantially.
Even though the DS is considered one of the all-time most successful hand-held consoles, and the most successful for Nintendo, its popularity did not grow until after 18 months of its release in 2004.
Additionally, the number of sales is not an appropriate method of measuring the quality of a console, though it does reflect its market success.