26 September 2013 11:59 AM, PDT | MTV Multiplayer | See recent MTV Multiplayer news »

As it turns out, the death of the handheld has been greatly exaggerated. Despite the iPhone (and the iPad) conquering all, and what their advocates will tell you, many out there are still interested in dedicated gaming devices.

Case in point: the 3Ds has just surpassed the Wii when it comes to lifetime sales, in Japan at least.

Joystiq reports that the Wii has to date sold 12,698,878 in Japan, making it Nintendo's most successful console in their homeland of all time, and recent figures state that total 3Ds sales thus far is 12,752,731 units.

Quite impressive when one considers the fact that console is approaching its 7th birthdate, and the handheld has been on the market for a little over two years.

What's even more impressive is how, when it first made its debut, many found the 3Ds to be a curiosity at best, and some even questioned Nintendo's better judgement behind the whole thing. »

- Matthew Hawkins

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