Kid Icarus: Uprising, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Sell Over 1 Million

By Ishaan . April 24, 2013 . 1:03am

Nintendo have released updated sales figures for their Nintendo 3DS games as of March 31st, 2013. Most notably, Kid Icarus: Uprising, released in March 2012, has crossed the 1 million mark worldwide. Uprising was developed by Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai and was heavily promoted as an online multiplayer game for the 3DS.


Take a look at the sales figures below:


Super Mario 3D Land – 8.29 million

Mario Kart 7 – 8.08 million

New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 6.42 million

Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3.86 million (Japan-only)

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – 2.95 million

Nintendogs + cats – 2.70 million

Paper Mario: Sticker Star – 1.97 million

Pokémon Rumble Blast – 1.29 million

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 1.22 million

Kid Icarus: Uprising – 1.18 million

Mario Tennis Open – 1.11 million


All sales figures mentioned above include sales of Nintendo 3DS hardware bundles as well as download versions.


  • Shin —

    3DS owners have pretty bad taste in games.

    • Curan_Altea

      Nintendo’s popular first party franchises are always going to sell the best.
      And odds are your opinion isn’t shared with the masses, but I assume you know that.

      Personally I though Kid Icarus Uprising was amazing, and OoT was fun to revisit after all these years.

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Not to mention Style Savvy: Trensetters is also a fun IP here.^_^

      • Skyer Ist

        he’s just troll.

    • AkuLord3

      hahahahaha…ahhhhhhhhhhh no~
      My big favorites may not be selling crazy, but the games listed here aren’t bad but no point in saying that from your dumb comment

    • Wake

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      I’m guessing you love 3rd party games (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • efholic

    3DS owners have amazing taste in games.

    • puchinri

      Amazing and diverse.

    • Sardorim

      I know right! Mario, Mario everywhere! Four Mario Titles and a Luigi Title!

      They really love that plumber and his brother!

      • Brandon Dutko

        You say this like any of those Mario games are the same kind. And Luigi’s Mansion is nothing like a Mario game other than starring a Mario character.

        It’s diverse in genre for sure.

        – 3D platformer
        – Racing game
        – 2D platformer
        – Connection/Sim game
        – 3D action/adventure
        – Virtual pet simulator
        – Arcade-RPG style adventure
        – Beat-em-up
        – 3D Puzzle/Adventure
        – Arcade-Shooter with on-railsy segments
        – Tennis

        Explain how that isn’t diverse.

    • kylehyde

      Thank you.

  • puchinri

    Those are nice numbers. I’m glad that some of these titles did as well as they got, and man, AC is looking really scary. Just something about those numbers, man. . .

  • I’m proud of Luigi. I know that sounds silly, but I just am. That game’s only been out for a month!

    • puchinri

      I am too~. I’m glad the game is doing so well.

  • Hopefully Style Savvy:Trendsetters did well enough, that game is fabulous.

    • puchinri

      I know, right?

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ Great Taste in games

  • KuchikiSentou

    Mein Gott look at those yummy numbers.
    6 Mario based games no surprise there.

  • More people need to play Kid Icarus. Is one of those games you can put in a lot, and I mean a lot, of hours if you want to collect all of the items and complete the challenges. Even more so if you want to make that high power weapon with the one or two abilities that you want at a high level. Choosing your difficulty is a nice touch since I can try to beat a lv 9 only to die and beat it at lv 7 and also let my nephews, non gamer friends, friends little brothers/sisters, etc, play it at a low difficulty so they can just play and get through the level hearing all their crazy antics and shenanigans.

    Now with Fire Emblem Awakening and Etrian Odissey also having those options I can let more people play my games and know they can enjoy them. Speaking of which, I though I was gonna see Fire Emblem in there when I clicked on this article.

    • Sardorim

      More people need to play Fire Emblem Awakening as well!

      Kid Icarus though was surprisingly very enjoyable. I had my doubts and it took awhile to get the controls down but it was a blast once things started rolling.

    • Over 300 hours on it xP (AND COUNTING)

  • Göran Isacson

    Nice to see that Kid Icarus had enough legs to at least push above the million mark! HOpe it made some small profit at least… and man, 3D Land is just kicking all of the asses. Wonder if a Zelda made exclusively for the 3DS can make better numbers than OOT3D… guess we’ll have to see what the LInk to the Past sequel does.

    • Realm25

      If it sells as good as OoT 3D, that’s fine.

      Just for reference, I believe the ALttP port for GBA sold around 2.70 million (compared to the original games 4.61 million or something), so we know the original ALttP style and game is very popular, even through just a port. Let’s see if the games sequel can at least sell as much or better than the port.

      • Göran Isacson

        Oooh, those aren’t bad numbers either. With a fanbase like that, I do believe they’ve got a good chance of turning this into a sales success, particularly since the 3DS seems to really start selling to a lot of people these days.

  • isfuturebright

    Man, Luigi sold more then Kid Icarus already :)

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    A bit sad here for Kid Icarus considering it is a great game with lots of marketing pushing it only to beaten by Luigi which is released in 1 month?
    Hope that this is not going to scare Nintendo from using many of it’s great but not really succesful IP’s.T_T(Startropics please.T_T)

    • puchinri

      I’m sure they understand how the situation is though. This is the year of Luigi after all, and Kid Icarus has done well for something that hasn’t had a game in about two decades.

    • Realm25

      Don’t be too sad – Luigi’s Mansion 2 is selling really really well. It’ll probably pass up 2 million someday, and lifetime sales might hit 3 mill.

      Kid Icarus doing 1 million+ after so long of being off the market is very impressive.

  • Skyer Ist


  • Year of Luigi in effect.

  • eilegz

    too bad all those games are a jaggiefest… nintendo need to step up their graphics department in the 3DS, or just do normal 2D graphics instead of their 2.5D

    • >Two-thousand and thirteen, the year of our lord and savior Luigi >Still caring about “jaggies”

    • Peace Legacy

      Not sure about Luigi mansion, but do you realize how much things going on in a typical screen of Kid Icarus? It is already astonishing how they managed to keep the framerate stable with all that enemies and their fancy range attack
      …and we are not even going to mention online mode

      Same case for Mario Kart, and with the artistic directions and the pace the game moves, you barely have enough attention span to notice any jaggies unless you stop focusing on racing (which… would not end well). Even so, 8 players, large environment with ton of stuffs happening and still rock solid 60fps

      Ocarina of Time 3D could indeed be better though, but it is just an early launch title

      Sure, Nintendo ain’t the best when it comes to pushing graphic (leave that to third party like Capcom), but their graphic is very cost efficient and do the job pretty dang well (no where near bad enough to break the immersion, not too good as to break the budget)

    • SupaPhly

      with some games, they are less noticeable with 3d on

  • Brimfyre

    One thing you can always say about Nintendo is their games have incredibly long life cycles. Other companies have to worry about how well their game sells in the first month and then they are pretty much done. Nintendo might not sell as much up front but they stay consistent with the sells.

  • Sardorim

    C’mon Fire Emblem:Awakening! You must get a million too!

  • $29082171

    Kid Icarus didn’t sell as much as it could due to every single review saying how the default controls crippled your hand and is nigh unplayable.

    For some reason none of the big site reviews mentioned that they were fully customizable.

  • Raltrios

    I still believe Kid Icarus is the killer app for the 3DS. I’ve put so many hours into that game it’s crazy.
    I also believe I can defeat a good chunk of the players here at it, too :P

  • kylehyde

    I’m really happy that Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon has been doing so good. I hope this success encourages nintendo for:
    -Give new life to the forgotten series owned by them
    -Put more effort on adquiring more western studios and/or expand their western studios. The guys behind this game make an explendid job.

  • Realm25

    Nice to see OoT 3D do so well, for just being a slightly enhanced port. 3+ million lifetime sales are good for it.

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