Nintendo‘s (PINK:NTDOY) newest portable handheld has had a rough year so far. Sales of the new stereoscopic 3D video game player were so bad after it released in March that the company’s value was crippled. Christmas 2011 might turn things around for both the company and the device, though, thanks to a couple of marquee game releases.
Super Mario 3D Land, out in November, is the latest in the company’s long-running Mario series, and its sales potential is huge. The last handheld entry in the series, New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS, sold 26.21 million copies between 2006 and February 2011. Mario Kart 7, out in December, also has a strong pedigree. The previous portable version has sold more than 21 million copies since releasing in 2005. These two releases on their own could make the Nintendo 3DS one of the holiday’s swiftest sellers.