The Nintendo 3DS' revival is global it seems, as the portable approaching 3 million sales in Japan.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has told Nikkei that sales of the new handheld are about to hit the 3 million milestone, charting two weeks ahead of the equivalent launch year sales of its predecessor, the DS.
Putting the 3DS' return to form down to the price drop and launch of major titles, Iwata forecasted sales to hit four million before the end of its first year on sale. It went on sale in Japan on February 26.
Mario Kart 7 is also doing well in the region, selling through 420,000 in its first week on sale, according to Iwata. Official sales tracking firm Media Create will confirm these figures in its weekly round-up tomorrow.
Things are looking up for 3DS. In US it's charting much further ahead of the DS, surpassing in just eight months the 2.37 million sales the DS managed in its first year - and that's before either Super Mario 3D Land or Mario Kart had been launched.
And in UK, reports today suggest retailers are 'selling out' of 3DS units as the Christmas buying season along with the arrival of the two Mario titles - and the new red 3DS - have triggered a sharp spike in sales.