Nintendo’s 2010 sales results are in, and although the company seemed to lose steam compared to Sony’s PS3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Nintendo still managed to set two U.S. sales records with its Wii console and DS handheld system.
Internal sales figures from Nintendo show that the Wii sold just over 7 million units, marking the first time a home console has ever surpassed 7 million units in sales for three consecutive calendar years. To date, the Wii has sold more than 34 million in the United States.
The Nintendo DS, meanwhile, continued to sell well via the various bundles and advancements (we’re looking at you, DSi XL), enabling Nintendo to claim the DS is the best-selling game system of all time, with more than 47 million DS hardware units sold in the United States since the hardware first launched in November 2004.
In March, Nintendo plans to release another DS handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, which lets gamers experience 3D content on one of the system’s two screens without the need for special glasses. Click this link to pre-order your Nintendo 3DS from Amazon.
Additional information about the Nintendo 3DS will be available in the weeks leading up to its release. We hope to provide news, previews and reviews of the 3DS — including for the hardware — leading up to and past the system’s March 2011 launch.