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Wednesday, 14th December 2011
In Business In Japan, Japan Entertainment News,

Mario Kart pushes Nintendo 3DS sales past 3 million

Sales of the Nintendo 3DS have broken the three million mark, as demand for the handheld console was spurred by the release of new games including the latest in the acclaimed Mario Kart franchise.

Figures from Enterbrain Inc, a computer game magazine publisher, revealed that accumulated sales of the Japanese computer game company's latest handheld console reached 3.23 million units, the Mainichi Daily reported.

The device was launched in February and initial sales disappointed, but it appears as though Nintendo's price cut has helped boost demand for the games machine.

Weekly sales of the 3DS rose to an all-time high of 378,114 following the launch of the new game Monster Hunter, the news provider said.

Nintendo have been at the forefront of handheld gaming since the Game Boy hit the market in 1989.

Following the same format as the Nintendo DS (dual screen) and DSi, the 3DS is the first device to offer 3D gaming without the need for glasses.

Written by Susan Ballion