After confirmation that the Nintendo 3DS handheld broke the 4 million units sold mark, a number it achieved faster than the Wii, analysts are finally coming around on the system. It stumbled out the gates with a high price point and little promise, but with some excellent first party titles and a strong future line-up, it looks like it’s a success after all.
According to EEDAR Vice President Jesse Divnich, “With the strong rebound in 3DS sales, I think Nintendo is clear of the woods for now. Going forward, however, we will closely be paying attention to software attach rates. Selling hardware is great, but it is only the first step. The health of any hardware is directly correlated to the amount of software consumers buy.”
2012 will undoubtably be a big year for the platform and for handhelds as a whole, as the tablet market becomes more competitive and significantly cheaper. But 2011 can be chalked up as a success.