Japanese electronics firm Nintendo has posted its best monthly sales in the U.S. this year, boosted by the simultaneous launch of the handheld console Nintendo 2DS and games Pokémon X and Pokémon Y in August.
Sales of the role-playing video games Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, the sixth generation of the original Pokémon game, were the top two titles in October, selling over 1.7 million units combined in the U.S, Nintendo said in a press release published Thursday.
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Total Nintendo 3DS first-party software sales hit more than 2 million units, the highest since December 2011.
Hardware sales also thrived for Nintendo, as it enjoyed its sixth consecutive month as the best-selling video game hardware maker in the U.S.
U.S. consumers bought over 452,000 Nintendo 3DS video game hardware systems in October, double the previous month's sales and the most units any portable video game system or home console has sold in a single month in 2013. That figure included the 3DS, the 3DS XL and the recently launched 2DS, which is a new 2D-only version of the 3DS handheld aimed at younger children.
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