Will the 3DS XL be a huge success for Nintendo? Well if these early sales numbers are anything to go by, then the answer to that is probably a ‘Yes’. According to sales data from Enterbrain, in Japan the 3DS XL sold 193,441 units over the weekend, after launching on July 28.
These numbers are around twice the amount sold in the same time period by the previous XL-fied handheld, the DSi XL, which only sold over 100,000 when it was released. New Super Mario Bros. 2 was also launched alongside it, and it also sold an impressive 430,185 Japanese copies. It sold a little bit less than the original, which moved over 480,000 copies on its first day in Japan back in 2006.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that these numbers may or may not include digital copies of the game sold through the Nintendo eShop or via download code cards that were also available at retail. Nintendo has spent lots of money on marketing to encourage sales of the the digital version, so the overall numbers may be higher than reported.
Will we see similar sales numbers when the 3DS XL and New Super Mario Bros. 2 are released in the United States? We’ll find out when they both launch here on August 19.