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3DS tops 6 million sales in Japan

Nintendo's latest handheld hits milestone in the firm's home country

3DS surpassed six million sales in Japan last week.

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As of Sunday May 20, Nintendo's latest handheld had shifted 6,017,206 units, according to Famitsu (via Kotaku).

The portable sold 13.35 million units globally in the business year ended March 31, 2012, taking lifetime sales to 17.1 million, having launched in Japan in February 2011 and worldwide the following month.

3DS is believed to have sold 950,000 units in its first 61 weeks on sale in the UK, and is expected to clear one million sales early next month.

Nintendo has said it will begin making money on each 3DS unit sold by the end of September 2012.

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