3DS downloads generate $11.1m

Nintendo are normally rather shy about releasing figures for its download services, even going as far as to ban developers from making public what they made. However Nintendo have revealed some sales figures for the 3DS eshop.

A report from Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment estimates that $11.1m were spent on digital 3DS titles, encompassing remakes from Virtual Console and 3D Classics and original 3DSWare titles.

Surprisingly the most popular game was The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, originally a GameBoy and GameBoy Color game which was downloaded 338,700 times and generated $2.3m, according to CVG.

Nintendo pretty much dominates the top 10, whether that’s down to better brand recognition, better advertising or simply just better games is hard to dell.

Here’s the estimated Top 10 digital 3DS titles in full, according to FADE:

1. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo) – 338,700 units ($2.3m)
2. Excitebike (Nintendo) – 481,100 units ($1.3m)
3. Super Mario Land (Nintendo) – 230,500 units ($1.1m)
4. Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! (Nintendo) – 112,700 units ($969k)
5. Pushmo (Nintendo) – 93,300 units ($634k)
6. Kirby’s Dream Land (Nintendo) – 84,500 units ($384k)
7. Let’s Golf 3D (Gameloft) – 43,200 units ($356k)
8. Donkey Kong (Nintendo) – 82,800 units ($348k)
9. Xevious (Nintendo) – 47,900 units ($301k)
10. Hyu Stone (Poisoft) – 50,300 units ($293k)