Nintendo News: Pokémon Mania Helps Drive Nintendo 3DS to No. 1

platform finished July atop the hardware and software sales
charts according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the
U.S. The strong performance is in part thanks to the release of the Monster
Hunter Generations
game, continued momentum from the
price drop of the Nintendo 2DS system and widespread positive public
reception for the Pokémon GO mobile app, which has renewed
interest in core Pokémon games on Nintendo systems. Additionally:

  • 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
    and Pokémon
    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
    system has crossed the 2 million lifetime sales mark in the

*Data regarding physical sales of games are from the NPD Group. Data
regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital
life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All
numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.

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