Nintendo has just posted their quarterly earnings report for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 (Oct – Dec 2015), and the holidays certainly helped with sales of the Nintendo 3DS. All told, the various versions of Nintendo’s handheld system have sold 5.88 million units since the fiscal year began last April, and 3DS games have managed to sell 38.87 million titles. This puts lifetime sales of the hardware and software at 57.94 million and 264.53 million, respectfully. Nintendo credited much of this year’s sales towards the continued popularity of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, as well as new hits like Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, which has sold 2.93 million units globally.
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the first six months into account, 3DS sales for the holiday season hit 3.6 million, while the games sold 19.67 million copies. On a quarter-by-quarter basis, that’s an increase of 2.33m hardware units and 8.39m games from the second quarter – a solid bump, as is usually found during the holidays, but likely not as high as they were hoping. As things stand now, it will be a real struggle for Nintendo to meet their initial sales forecast, which projected 7.6m hardware and 56m software units for the fiscal year ending in this upcoming March.