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3DS breaks hardware sales records in Japan

Fastest system to top 5 million sold

Nintendo 3DS has topped five million units sold in Japan - the fastest console to do so in the region, it's claimed.

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The handheld crossed the mark 52 weeks after its February 26 release, reports Andriasang, a new record for Japanese hardware sales.

The previous record holders, predictably, were the original Nintendo DS at 56 weeks, and the Game Boy Advance with 58 weeks.

The five million figure is actual sell-through, it's said, meaning sales from retailers to customers. The data was provided by Media Create.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently announced plans to launch a new side-scrolling 2D Mario title for 3DS during the company's next fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2013.

[ SOURCE: Andriasang ]

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