In case you need any more information about how important handheld gaming is nowadays, gaming analyst ZHugeEX has reported that Nintendo 3DS profits make up nearly half of all of Nintendo’s earnings. The 3DS is one of Nintendo’s most popular consoles, so it shouldn’t really be that much of a shock.
The Nintendo 3DS first came out in 2011 and has since had a number of other, improved versions released. With a huge number of games released for it in the six years since then, to say nothing of Virtual Console sales, its profitability shouldn’t be a surprise.
Various hot releases that have come out in the past few years such as Fire Emblem Awakening, Fire Emblem Fates, and Pokemon Sun and Moon, have been hot sellers (with Fire Emblem Awakening selling so well that it actually saved the series from ending and let Fire Emblem Fates be made.)
As of March 31 of this year, the handheld has sold over 66.12 million units, while the 3DS XL and its “New” version have sold over 12.31 million units for a grand total of 68.43 million units in the past six years. Adding that to the huge library of games that the system has, and you have a goldmine on your hands.
There’s also the Nintendo 2DS for people that don’t want to be bothered by the platform’s 3D aspect (and while that only sold around 5 million units it still adds to the whole total.) So, no matter which way you look at Nintendo’s Nintendo 3DS profits, it’s definitely adding up to a huge amount of money.
Adding that to the huge sales of the Nintendo Switch (to the point that Nintendo is still having supply troubles due to component shortages and demand), and there’s a lot of very good reasons as to why Nintendo aims to support both past 2018.