The folks over at Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE) are estimating that downloadable 3DS games, which include Virtual Console, 3D Classics and 3DSWare titles, made about $11.1 million in 2011.
Not surprisingly, Zelda was the biggest breadwinner for Nintendo’s latest handheld this past calendar year, with The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening raking in $2.3 million from 338,700 different downloads. Excitebike came in a distant second with regard to revenue, making $1.3 million, but did ship the most units, with 481,100 downloads made.
Per usual with Nintendo consoles, first-party titles ruled the charts last year, with the House that Mario Built bringing home 8 of the top 10 selling digital 3DS titles by revenue themselves.
Take a look at the full list for yourself here, thanks 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)