Nintendo confirms that not only have lifetime-to-date sales for its 3DS hardware have reached 5 million units in Japan alone, but the platform is the fastest yet to reach that mark.
According to the console giant, it took approximately 52 weeks (basically one year) for the 3DS to hit 5 million in sales since the hardware first launched in Japan back in February 26, 2011. Not bad for a device that initially suffered from some of the most sluggish sales recorded for a Nintendo platform, to the point where drastic measures (in the form of an early price cut) were required to turn things around.
By comparison, Nintendo's DS hardware took around 56 weeks to reach the same milestone and held the record for hitting 5 million units in the shortest amount of time until today's 3DS announcement. The GBA meanwhile took 58 weeks to catch up.