The Nintendo 3DS has been running for quite some time now. March of this year will make seven years since the little handheld launched. Despite the success of the Switch which has stolen quite a bit of thunder from the 3DS, Nintendo’s President recently stated that support will continue throughout the rest of 2018. This has left many fans asking why? Well, it’s simple: money. The 3DS user base is rather large, so as long as the platform continues to generate a profit, then Nintendo will keep it around. But just how big is the user base?
Nintendo has not released official lifetime sales numbers for the 3DS since June 30th, 2017. At the time, it was reported to be 67 million. Now, a recent report from VGChartz puts 3DS sales at over 70 million units. According to the report, this data was taken from the week ending on December 23rd, which wasn’t too long ago. Still, VGChartz’ estimates could be incorrect, and since these aren’t hard numbers from Nintendo the report must still be taken with a grain of salt.
If these estimates do happen to be accurate, then this is a decent milestone for the system. Still, it remains unclear exactly how much more time will pass before the 3DS really is put to bed, but in any case, it will be interesting to see how much more it will sell before that happens. The 3DS more than likely won’t match the sales of the original DS (154.02 million), and there’s also a slim chance of it catching up to the figures achieved by the original Game Boy family, which was 118.69 million. Matching the Game Boy Advance’s numbers of 81.51 million is possible, although we’ll have to wait and see for sure.