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Zelda, Excitebike top 2011 3DS download chart

Biggest revenue drivers and sellers of last year revealed

Nintendo's newest platform, 3DS, generated an estimated $11.1 million from downloadable game sales in 2011, according to a new report from Forecasting & Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE).

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening was the biggest revenue driver, bringing in $2.3 million from 338,700 sales.

The less expensive Excitebike was the best-seller in terms of units but placed at No.2 in terms of revenue, ahead of Super Mario Land, Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! And Pushmo.

Nintendo-published titles dominated the top ten, which was represented by a mixture of classic releases through Virtual Console, 3D remakes and 3DSWare games.

2011 estimated top-selling titles by revenues

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo) - 338,700 Units / $2.3 Million USD
  2. Excitebike (Nintendo) - 481,100 Units / $1.3 million USD
  3. Super Mario Land (Nintendo) - 230,500 Units / $1.1 million USD
  4. Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! (Nintendo) - 112,700 Units / $969,000 USD
  5. Pushmo (Nintendo) - 93,300 Units / $634,000 USD
  6. Kirby's Dream Land (Nintendo) - 84,500 Units / $384,000 USD
  7. Let's Golf 3D (Gameloft) - 43,200 Units / $356,000 USD
  8. Donkey Kong (Nintendo) - 82,800 Units / $348,000 USD
  9. Xevious (Nintendo) - 47,900 Units / $301,000 USD
  10. Hyu Stone (Poisoft) - 50,300 Units / $293,000 USD

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Last month, FADE said Xbox Live Arcade set a new record in 2011 by bringing in an estimated $144 million in revenue, representing an 18 percent increase year-over-year.

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