With the Nintendo Direct came a ton of sales figures regarding the Nintendo 3DS, including software like Fire Emblem Awakening and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, including some digital vs. retail ratios as well. Let's take a look, shall we?
Fire Emblem Awakening, the strategy RPG that took the whole gaming world by surprise, was released almost two months ago. As of this writing, the game has sold 240,000 copies, with more than one third of the bulk sold on the Nintendo eShop. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, an extended length pseudo point-and-click adventure oozing personality, has sold over 415,000 copies, the majority of which were from retail. You can see our review for Awakening here and Dark Moon's right here. Both deserve great sales!
In addition to this news, first-party game sales are up 55% from last year, and this excludes digital purchases. StarFox 64 3D and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D have both continued to sell well almost two years after release, with digital sales adding more revenue. 20% of the space shooter's sales were from the eShop, while 15% of the first 3D Zelda came from the online store. Brain Age: Concentration Training has even sold up to 25% digitally.
Over twenty million 3DS games have been sold in North America, and 55% of sales are first-party. Overall, eight million 3DS systems have been sold in the NoA region. And that number can only grow as the year's impressive release schedule continues.
I'd say it's less the Year of Luigi, and more the Year of the 3DS.