When the Nintendo 3DS was released last year it was seen as a symbol that handheld gaming was in a slump and the sales of the new handheld gaming device were rather poor. However the Nintendo 3DS has long since been on the rise and Nintendo has revealed today that they company has sold 5 million units in Japan since its launch on February 26, 2011 until yesterday.
Nintendo has also revealed data from Media Create which shows that the GBA hit the 5 million sales mark after 58 weeks with the DS hitting that level after 56. This means that the 3DS hitting 5 million in only 51 weeks makes it the fastest selling handheld from Nintendo ever. Quite an accomplishment from a system which some were thinking was going to die by the end of 2012.