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In the first opening week of the new Nintendo 3DS XL, it has sold 10,000 units just in the UK alone. There’s still about another week until the console is released in the US and hopefully Nintendo can continue the celebrations. It’s nothing compared to the Japanese figures, which sold in the hundreds of thousands. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the ten thousand strong sold in the UK was over the course of a week. The hundreds of thousands sold in Japan occurred over two days- which makes my head spin a little. This is because the console was released in Japan on the same week as New Super Mario Bros. 2- which is not released for another two weeks here in the UK. The combination of Mario with a new Nintendo console is always a winner on the sales charts.
In the UK though, the launch of the Nintendo 3DS XL has helped to boost the sales of such Mario games as Super Mario Land 3D and Mario Kart 7. The latter also has a promotion on at the moment to find ‘Britain’s Fastest Family’ in their Mario Kart 7 competition to win the infamous shiny gold Leaf Trophy. Companies like HMV are promoting the 3DS and the 3DS XL with Mario Kart 7 for this sole purpose.
As someone who has contributed to the amazing first week figures, I personally am really impressed with the Nintendo 3DS XL and I will be writing a full review on it very soon.