Nintendo comments on numbers based around its year-to-date software sales for the Nintendo 3DS during its Nintendo Direct press conference.
The conference opened with taking note of a special birthday within the company. The company's 3DS is now two years old, having now released in both its standard with a 3.25" top screen and the XL with a 4.88" top screen.
In that time, the console's lifetime physical software sales has reached the 20 million games sold mark. Year-to-date, sales of Nintendo's first-party 3DS titles are up 55% when compared to this time last year. That improvement in game software sales is in spite of ever-increasing competition from smartphone and tablet-based mobile gaming - something Executive Vice President Scott Moffitt sees as not really being much in the way of competition at all.
"Point is, Nintendo 3DS has a quality that's hard to challenge," said Moffitt while taking a stab at the quality of some of the available smartphone games.
In addition to traditional retail titles, Nintendo has seen an increase of digitally downloaded titles via the 3DS' eShop. Digital sales for the platform are up 11% compared to this time last year and titles such as Star Fox 3D are selling at a rate of 20% digital and 80% physical retail. Other titles, such as Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, has sold 415,000 copies thus far where the bulk of the sales occuring traditionally. Conversely, its well-selling RPG Fire Emblem Awakening has sold more than 200,000 copies with roughly a third of those happening digitally.
"There's no question that a good amount of the tailwind for the Nintendo 3DS is coming from digital," Moffitt summed up.
In the coming months, more software titles are due out both first- and third-party for the 3DS including Mario & Luigi Dream Team and the newly-released RPG from Atlus Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers.