As expected, the 3DS has exceeded the first-year sales of the original DS. It's even gone one step farther, breaking one of the gaming industry's records by selling five million units since the system's launch on February 26, 2011.
Nintendo even released a graph showing just how much the 3DS has sold compared to previous Nintendo bestsellers such as the GBA, DS, and the Wii. It's kind of mind-boggling, honestly, since I remember everybody panning the 3DS at launch with cries of "gimmicky BS" and "the next Virtual Boy."
Then again, the same things were said at the original DS launch, and we all know what happened then: the DS became the last bastion for the classically-trained hardcore gamer and gave dead franchises and genres a new lease on life--but more importantly, it reached out to people who otherwise wouldn't play video games, opening up a completely new market for Nintendo.
What do you think? Will the 3DS continue to bring the same level of innovation and classic charm that the DS did, or is this just a short-lived 3D infatuation?