'Pokémon' mania drives 3DS to top spot

'Pokémon' mania drives 3DS to top spot NINTENDO

Thanks to the recent hype surrounding Pokémon, the Nintendo 3DS is currently sitting on top of the video game world.

According to recent sales numbers, the 3DS ended July on top of both video game hardware and software sales charts according to the NPD Group, a company which tracks video game sales in the U.S.  NDP says the 3DS' success is also partially due to the release of Capcom's Monster Hunter Generations game.  The company also cites continued momentum from the recent price drop of the Nintendo 2DS system and widespread phenomenon of the Pokémon GO mobile app.

Other tidbits of note:

  • The Nintendo 3DS family of systems sold nearly 80 percent more units this July compared to the same time period a year ago, and finished as the overall best-selling video game system in July. On the software side, Capcom’s Monster Hunter Generations emerged as the best-selling game for any system.
  • July sales of the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games for Nintendo 3DS were over 80 percent higher than July 2015. The games launched in November 2014.
  • July sales of the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games for Nintendo 3DS were almost 200 percent higher than a year ago. The games launched in October 2013 and finished No. 16 and No. 22 on July’s best-sellers list, respectively.
  • Games playable on Nintendo systems claimed five of the top 11 spots on the July best-sellers list. These include Monster Hunter Generations from Capcom at No. 1, Minecraft: Wii U Edition from Microsoft at No. 6, Pokémon Omega Ruby at No. 8, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire at No. 10 and Kirby: Planet Robobot at No. 11.
  • The Nintendo 2DS system has crossed the 2 million lifetime sales mark in the U.S.

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