Only two days after its release, Nintendo‘s new 3DS XL has already sold 200,000 units in Japan. The video game company’s latest handheld system, known as the 3DS LL in Japan, was released on July 28th, and has beaten the first two-day sales records of the previous versions of the hardware. Revealed in a surprise announcement in June, the 3DS XL is a redesign of the original 3DS system that offers a screen 90% larger than its predecessor and a significantly improved battery life.
What is the game everyone is playing on their new Nintendo handheld? It’s New Super Mario Bros. 2, which was released on the same day, and has sold an incredible 430,000 copies in two days. If every single new purchaser of the 3DS XL system bought a copy of the new Mario, that’s still over 230,000 copies sold to owners of the original 3DS.
To compare, when Nintendo released the DSi XL in November of 2009, it sold around 100,000 units in its first two days. A year before that, the original DSi hardware sold 170,000 units on the opening weekend. With a price of 18,900 yen (approx. $240) it seems the 3DS XL is exactly what Japanese gamers have been looking for in the handheld.
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