3DS passes 4 million sales in US and Japan

Nintendo's 3DS has sold more than four million units in both Japan and the United States.

Famitsu publisher Enterbrain – translated by Gamasutra – puts the 3DS's lifetime sales in Japan at 4.1 million units. VG247 reports that Nintendo sold a total of 12 million systems in the US during 2011: more than 4.5 million Wii, 4 million 3DS, and 3.4 million units of the ageing DS were sold.

Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 have also sold in excess of a million units in both territories since their launches in November and December respectively, becoming the first 3DS games to reach the milestone in the US. The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword, meanwhile, became the 45th Wii game to pass a million US sales.

Nintendo Of America's Scott Moffit said: "One of the strongest software lineups in our history helped Nintendo have a great holiday season and to close 2011 with a full head of steam. Not only have the new Mario and Zelda titles already broken records, but with strong reviews and satisfied customers sharing their positive experiences, all three are shaping up to be the latest long-tail titles from Nintendo.

"Couple that with a massive first and thirdparty lineup in the first part of the year and the prospects for 2012 are extremely promising."

It's a significant improvement for 3DS given that by the end of October, lifetime US sales of 3DS stood at 1.65 million units. Worldwide sales by September 30 totalled 6.68 million.