AUSTIN, Texas -- What’s the hottest selling gaming console these days?
It’s not the Nintendo Wii, Sony’s Play Station 3 or Microsoft’s Xbox 360. And it certainly isn’t Nintendo’s latest-generation console, the Wii U, which has been suffering from a paltry library and terrible sales.
It’s actually the Nintendo 3DS, the handheld system that stumbled out of the gate in 2011, but has regained its footing with a price drop and an impressive offering of games.
In the quarter ending June 30, about 1.4 million handhelds were sold worldwide, for a total of more than 32 million. And the 3DS has outsold all other gaming hardware in the United States for the past three months.
In all, sales of the 3DS are up 14 percent year over year, largely because of titles like "Animal Crossing: New Leaf," wrote Eric Johnson for the tech website All Things D. More heavy hitters like "Pokemon X & Y" are on the way
The 3DS is tracking to sell about 15 million units a year, said Michael Pachter, a research analyst with Wedbush Morgan Securities.
The 3DS has engineered a big comeback from 2011, when Nintendo was forced to cut its price from $249 to $169 because of flagging sales.