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Nintendo forecasts 5 million 3DS sales in Japan in 2013

Portable reached 5.5 million sales in 2012, says Nintendo president

Nintendo aims to sell 5 million 3DS units in Japan this year, according to company president Satoru Iwata.

The exec made the announcement at a Capcom event in Tokyo on Tuesday, reports Bloomberg, signaling Nintendo's confidence in the continued success of its flagship handheld console, and the dedicated gaming portable business as whole.

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"There are more and more media reports suggesting that things aren't going very well for the dedicated gaming hardware business," Iwata said. "But that's not true, at least for the 3DS in Japan."

The 3DS sold 5.5 million units in Japan last year, helped along by the launch of the 3DS XL. Iwata noted that the only other console to have sold 5 million units in one year in Japan is the DS.

Nintendo targets 18 million 3DS sales globally by the end of this fiscal year, up from the 13.95 million reached last year. 1.4 million 3DS units were purchased globally in the three months ending June 31, compared with 600,000 PlayStation Vita systems sold in the same period.

The 3DS continued to lead video game hardware sales in the US in July, topping hardware charts with the help of major releases including Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Shin Megami Tensei IV.

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