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Nintendo's charming Animal Crossing: New Leaf has performed well, selling over 500,000 copies in the United States since its North American release. That success has translated into investor favor with Nintendo's stock rising to the highest level since July 2011.As revealed last week in conjunction with the June 2013 NPD report, Nintendo sold 225,000 3DS units, making it the top-selling hardware for the second month running. Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the latest in a line of strong performers that includes Fire Emblem: Awakening and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. All three of these received strong critical praise to match the commercial success.[Source: Bloomberg]Our TakeNintendo has the handheld market down to a science. A strong slate of first-party titles, unique third-party offerings, and a range of games for casual and hard-core gamers alike keep the platform strong. The Streetpass system, which recently got a boost from new games and a relay system using Nintendo Zone locations, incentivizes people to carry the 3DS with them more often.We're looking forward to Nintendo finding the same hook for the Wii U. The hardware, while not as powerful as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, does offer the opportunity for unique experiences with the Gamepad screen. There are good titles coming in 2014, but a few more (Metroid and a new The Legend of Zelda) wouldn't hurt.
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Love my 3DS.
That's always great news to hear. Nintendo always has wonderful handhelds and moves them and their software well. Let's hope they can find the same success with the Wii U soon.
Just got done playing for a bit. Goes to show that it has a larger replayability than tons of other games.
I want this game so bad. It's good to hear it is doing good.
New Leaf is digital meth. Between that, Shin Megami Tensei, Fire Emblem, I'm loving this system. I'll get back into Mario Kart soon enough and then there are games to be released, but so far this year the 3DS as been on fire. I wish the Wii U had this kind of momentum.
ive played animal crossing almost every day since its been released. i can say that about almost no game ive ever played, and especially now that i dont have as much time to game anymore. the game is so addictive. its almost not a game really, its a little world in your pocket that you can peek in on from time to time.
Iam not suprised,I mean new leaf has been a hugely anticipated title for years.
thats nintendo for you!