Nintendo's 3DS handheld has sold more than 5 million units in the United States since its launch in March 2011, the NPD Group reported on Thursday.
This news comes just three months after the console reached the 4.5 million unit milestone
, and just one month before the launch of the revised 3DS XL
The Nintendo 3DS got off to a rocky start after its initial release, but after a major price drop in July 2011
, the system's sales picked up quite a bit. In fact, after one year on the market, the system had sold nearly twice as many units as the Nintendo DS did in the same time frame.
Alongside this news, Nintendo announced that it sold 155,000 3DS systems, 150,000 DS systems, and almost 95,000 Wii consoles in June 2012.