Written by Erik Kubik, kube00 Wednesday, 14 September 2011 05:00
Looks like the price cut was what the 3DS needed. Sales surged in August. In fact, the 3DS was just behind the 360’s number of sales.
In August, the 3DS experienced a 260% increase in sales. Nintendo moved 235,000 units, which put them ahead of the PS3, but they still trailed behind the 360. This could be what Nintendo fans needed, a boost to their confidence that the system can sell. And with the system selling, they know more then ever Nintendo will support the system. The question remains if the sales burst was solely because of the price cut? Or was it in anticipation of more games, which are coming out this holiday season? I think as Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 get released I wouldn’t be surprised if the 3DS’ sales surge again. This might be the must-have console of the holidays especially if the first party games people have been holding out for are released; and the fact that the Vita was delayed until next year.
What about the 3DS redesign? Gamers have heard the rumors and seen the dual analog stick add on, which may also feature extending battery life. I don't think the redesign rumor is going to slow the sales of the 3DS. It will be interesting to watch the sales numbers in the next few months as we get closer to Christmas and the big releases.