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Nintendo 3DS becomes eighth Nintendo system to sell 15M in U.S.

Nintendo's 3DS line, which includes the 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS and New 3DS XL, is now the eighth Nintendo system to sell at least 15 million units in the U.S., according to internal Nintendo sales figures the company announced this morning.

The latest iteration of the 3DS line, the New 3DS XL, helped the line's hardware sales increase by more than 50 percent in the first half of 2015, compared to the same period last year, according to Nintendo.

The New 3DS XL launched on Feb. 13. The original 3DS launched in 2011.

"While crossing 15 million units is certainly a significant milestone, we are equally excited about the new momentum we've created in 2015 thanks to new hardware and an unrivaled library of software," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales and marketing in a prepared statement. "With more great games on the way and a hardware system for every type of gamer, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the stronger years yet for Nintendo 3DS in the United States."

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