Super Smash Bros. 3DS Sells 705,000 In U.S., Hyrule Warriors 190,000

By Ishaan . October 16, 2014 . 4:23pm

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS sold more than 705,000 copies in the U.S. in its first two days, Nintendo of America announced this afternoon. Of that figure, over 135,000 copies were sold digitally through the Nintendo eShop.

 

Smash helped Nintendo 3DS sales climb to 140,000 units during the month of September, which is a 55% increase over August.

 

Meanwhile, on the Wii U front, Wii U hardware sales saw a a “nearly 50%” increase in September, due to the release of Hyrule Warriors, which sold over 190,000 copies in the U.S.

 

Finally, Mario Kart 8 sold close to 60,000 copies in September, its fifth month on the market, bringing total U.S. sales to nearly 1.2 million.

 

Correction: That’s 705,000 for Smash, not 750,000.


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  • Wow, those are pretty good sales for Hyrule Warriors in the US. Wasn’t expecting that.

    • SobriK

      For a bit of extra (perhaps meaningless) context, that’s well over twice what HW sold in Japan during its debut week. I’d love to know what NoA’s projections were for it, personally, but it seems like a pretty modest success.

      • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

        Factoring in the DLC which people will be buying as well as how these games sell over month to month, like most Nintendo games, this should be pretty good.

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    Wow, 50% increase? Well done Hyrule Warriors. Awesome game!

    • subsamuel01

      Have to try the game out, might pick it up during the holidays.

    • NeptuniasBeard

      Dlc just released today too. Can’t wait to play as Cia

      • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

        She’s fantastic. In the process of leveling her up as well as the others. She has such a beautiful attitude and was hiliarious in her banter which I saw in the new Adventure mode map.

        • NeptuniasBeard

          Yeah, Cia’s pretty awesome. But I gotta give the crown to Wizzro. He wipes out keeps hella fast, and clears boss’ weak point gauge even faster. He might be my go to for certain missions

          • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

            I have to try him out then…I loved his ranged attacks from the videos I’ve seen.

  • MaskedHeroxx

    I don’t want hyrule warrior but my friend got it…the games pretty sick I’m jus over dynasty warrior games played wayyyyy to many. Except One piece :-P

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Hyrule Warriors continues to surprise me. I thought I would be done with it by now, but I keep going back to max out everyone. I’m not even a huge LoZ fan.

    I also LOVE Samurai Warriors games, and I own Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper for Wii U. Even though I love learning about those historical figures, it’s never enough to keep me playing the way Hyrule Warriors is. It’s enough of both worlds to keep me intrigued it seems.

    The way they’re doing DLC is the other thing keeping me in the game, so well done on the marketing front, Nintendo.

    If you haven’t bought the game, I say give it a chance. Warriors games are more strategic than they seem at first blush.

    • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

      This is what i have been keep saying that other developers should try to copy from Ninty here. By having a proper DLC which actually feels like new content, people would actually love to support DLC there.

  • OrangeArmy

    I bought both, I really enjoy Smash 3DS, but Hyrule Warriors is probably my favorite Musou game ever (closely followed by OPW2), it’s so good.

  • AuraGuyChris

    Hyrule Warriors is kind of lasting me even longer than Smash Bros 3DS did. It takes more time to unlock everything in HW.

  • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

    If i am not wrong, this is one of the biggest opening for Musou style games right?

    • Grape Monet

      In the West, yes.

  • I expect the numbers for Hyrule will be good through the next three months as well; I’d imagine I’m not the only one who has it on their wishlist
    (But as a zelda fan complete with a rad crest of hyrule, mannnnn it is hard holding off on this *whine*)

    • ZEROthefirst

      You’re telling me, I put it off because my wallet’s going to die in November thanks to Tales of Hearts R, SSB Bundle, Persona Q LE and Persona Q 3DSXL model. I wanted Pokemon in there too… but I think I can wait a month or two to get it.

  • Vash bane

    after that discussion last month or so. I completely understand why HW sold so well..but yeah I kinda lied. there’s many gamers in this oh so little town that knows what Zelda is. heck even non-fans like me knew of it…and that’s saying something XDD

    I don’t know what this love of both worlds is or mean. but the series lore is interesting.

    • Guillermo Oliva III

      I am not a LOZ fan either, but I always enjoyed “Ganondorf” and “Majora Mask” is the only title that I really wanted to play within the LOZ series and sadly, no remake is ever going to happen :/

      • HarakiriKami

        you should play links awakening

        • Guillermo Oliva III

          Hmmm, how come? can you tell me why I should play it? :o

          • HarakiriKami

            Because you like majora’s mask.

          • Guillermo Oliva III

            Hmmm, if you say so and I am going to take your word! :D

  • Kaijumaster

    I could not believe how much I loved HW.

    • Thatguy

      I fall in love with HW when first trailer was released.

      I never knew that i need Zelda Musou in my life before.

      • Kaijumaster

        Well them yoi sir were more forward thinking than I. I basically picked it up for the name…..then discovered the best co-op game since Lego: LOTR

  • Arz

    So why does even non-Musou fan likes Hyrule Warrior? From what I’ve seen it looks like it plays the same ( especially the super timid A.I ). So what’s the difference?

    • forweg

      It’s mostly because many of them are Zelda fans who’ve never actually played a Musou/Warriors game, and just went by the word of corrupt game “journalists”, not realizing how awesome the series actually is.

      Also, timid AI? Try playing SW4 on Chaos and see if you can say that.

      • Arz

        yeah I don’t think applying difficulty to extra hard can resolve the non-challenging A.I. You can say that to Kingdom Hearts too. Plus people normally goes to normal difficulty when playing a game.

        • Kelechuckuw K.c.W

          well you both missed the reason why . oh well can’t be helped

        • Arz

          Let me clear that up, just saying someone to crank up the difficulty doesn’t excuse the default A.I design. The only reason you should crank up the difficulty is if the A.I dramatically changes their behavior. If the differences is just the enemies does higher damage, it’s not really worth it or fun.

          • Ricewarrior

            Chaos mode AI is Noticeably more aggressive than Normal mode.

            Also why did you bring up people who play on normal mode. If you’re going to play on normal mode, you’re obviously not playing for challenge so why complain?

          • Arz

            because normal is the default difficulty. It’s the go-to when you play any game and that’s what developer should balance their game for.

          • J_Joestar

            maybe in the past, but most modern games tend to balance their normal mode into something anyone can beat with minimal investment of time/effort.

            I would agree that it is a problem if the game only has that one difficulty level, but giving players choice on whether they want a more casual experience or more challenging one can’t be a bad thing.

          • Haganeren

            It’s not really the point. I see often people talking to musou IA as if it was a BTA like Devil May Cry… (sorry if it wasn’t you) But it’s not, the dumb IA of basic ennemy opposed to the more intelligent general is the basic of the concept of the game. Make all of them intelligent and you ruin the game and the fun, pure and simple.

            The game is not like a BTA. It’s the mix between making attack in a large group of enemy which help building extra jauge and being more careful around general which are the real threat. All that with a strategy aspect of being careful to rescue your ally, don’t let your base being taken and taking the enemy’s base in the most efficient way. All of that is the concept of the game, not just “mashing button on mass of enemies”.

            Maybe the concept of the game don’t appeal to you but you can trust the fact that the IA is as important in the game as the fact Mario jump in a plateformer.

            Edit : Well, i SUPPOSE the IA is a little less dumb in advanced difficulty like Ricewarrior say but they still don’t really stop you when you have to travel to a base/ally. And they don’t really avoid what you do so… For me they are still dumb, they just exploit more often when you’re defenseless after a big attack which makes you more careful.

          • HarakiriKami

            the default ai is easy normal and hard.

            Play on hard and watch you get you ass kicked repeatedly

            Its even more ridiculous on chaos

    • Kelechuckuw K.c.W

      it’s cause most of the characters have their own distinct style of fighting and not inter changeable ability’s weapons and it was Zelda characters & elements like using the moon as an attack and there alot of journalists that still prefer the main line zelda to this . besides this fact it’s still a fun game in it’s own right

    • Sentinel

      Like others have said, most haven’t played a DW game before. I never did either, but that was mostly because the lore of the series didn’t interest me and most DW games are on Playstation consoles (which I don’t have).

      Combining it with the Zelda lore and putting it a more accessible console allowed me to finally see what the series gameplay was all about.

      • J_Joestar

        definitely,
        The biggest appeal of Warriors games isn’t “Beating up hordes of enemies” but “Beating up hordes of enemies as *insert fan favourite character here*”
        The lore/theme choice is a crucial aspect of the series.

        • HarakiriKami

          No you beat up hordes of enemies when they’re threatening your keep and you’re trying to capture more territory so you dont get screwed over in the later half of the battle

    • Spirit Macardi

      True it has the typical Warriors gameplay of hacking through tons of brainless soldiers, but it combines that with large bosses that require you to stun them before you can do damage, and even the named enemies reward careful timing and precision over spastic button-mashing. It feels like a solid combination that keeps you on your toes and mixes things up so they don’t get stale.

      • HarakiriKami

        Learning each character is fun too. lots of freedom with attacking

        • Spirit Macardi

          Yeah, most of the characters and even different weapons have their own unique mechanics. Like Zant’s attacks let you charge up a meter that you can unleash for a screen clearing spin attack, but if the meter goes over he gets stunned for a moment in a comical way. Or how Zelda’s attacks change with the use of charges that you can build up.

    • Yan Zhao

      Actually, Hyrule Warriors has much better AI than any standard DW games. Sure the grunts are as passive as ever, but the middle tier enemies actually have proper AI, fight patterns, and weaknesses to exploit, something that dont exist in a standard Warriors game.

      In DW when I run into an enemy general I still mindlessly hack and slash at them until they die. In Hyrule Warriors enemies will auto guard your attack after getting hit a certain amount of time and fight back. Plus the boss fights.

      So yeah, HW was a much better experience. You really cant tell the different by seeing. YOu need to actually play it, and the difference will be as obvious as daylight.

      • forweg

        “In DW when I run into an enemy general I still mindlessly hack and slash at them until they die.”

        I call bull. What you just said is literally impossible if you start on Hard or up. And if you don’t, then why are you complaining about easy AI?

        • Yan Zhao

          You can call bull all you want. Clearly you dont play the newer games like DW8.

          I do play on Hard or up. If you keep swinging. enemy officers just block forever and its easily to make your way behind them and keep swinging. And once they get knocked up or down and recovers they NEVER block right away, meaning rinse, repeat. It’s not hard to exploit their crappy AIs.

          Most damage I ever took in DW8 and WO3 are from archers. Thats it.

          • forweg

            Yeah, everybody can do that on Hard after they grind to high levels.

            Try watching ErebosGamingHD’s DW8 videos on Youtube. He plays on Hard and Chaos at low levels, and never uses the tactics you describe, as they DON’T WORK.

            You’re so obsessed with hyping Hyrule Warriors and bashing the other games in the series that you refuse to acknowledge what I’m talking about and pass judgement on games you haven’t even played (SW4).

            Please just stop.

          • Yan Zhao

            Woah! You mean playing on higher difficulties when you arent SUPPOSED to, with no gear/levels will cause you to take forever killing things and dieing faster? You dont say!!!!!

            Please just stop.

    • HarakiriKami

      Cause musou games are strategy action games

      And you do get hit enough to fail over and over again. And die quite a few times.

      Dynasty warriors games are kind of like tetris. Crisis management games. Although depending on what you do on the map, the sequence of scripted events will change causing you to approach things differently

    • HarakiriKami

      The AI is better too. As is the actual game UI. Its very smooth and easy to read unlike the other games cough warriors orochi cough

  • Weeb

    I hope this means more nintendo musou games. Hyrule Warriors Empire would be great

    • Sentinel

      Is there a difference between this “Empire style” and the typical Warriors game?

      • Ricewarrior

        Empires doesn’t have a story mode. It’s basically a conquest mode in which you can choose a character, make your own empire, and conquer other empires. While it sounds great and all, the features aren’t very deep. Don’t expect anything outstanding as the features are very minimal.

        Probably one of the best features is the fact that you can create your own character. The amount of customization you can do to a character is pretty impressive and I’m pretty sure this is the main selling point of the Empires series.

        • Sentinel

          Hmm, I can see that having potential in the Zelda universe. There’s a lot of variety in potential customization with this series.

      • Yuuki

        Empires where you focus on uniting the land. The battles are more base focused like Hyrule Warriors and you
        actually get to plan your conquest of the land,by gaining
        allies,and forming alliances. You also have different ways to engage in battle against enemies. You can also marry and form bonds with other characters.

      • Thatguy

        Tactics and strategy.
        Capture bases to get bonuses etc. Command your units. Things like that.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    This is a real win for Koei Tecmo in the west. They have to be pleased with the results so far.

    I’d like to know what Nintendo’s projections were for the game.

    • Mecha_the_Hedgehog

      Agreed I think now Tecmo Koei can understand the gameplay can appeal to gamers they just have to tack it onto a franchise some one in America will give a shit about.

      Lets face facts Japan history, One Piece, and Gundams just dont have the interest of the audiance in the west.

      • Yuuki

        This totally doesn’t sound like “I’m not interested in/don’t like other Warriors games,so they suck”
        I guess Koei should just cancel every other Musou game and make Hyrule Warriors forever then! >.<

        • Haganeren

          Well, for me at least, it’s my first musou game (excluding Drakengard maybe ?) and I really enjoy it so far.

          Maybe it’s time to take interest for Eastern history ?

        • darke

          Nope. It’s called “understanding your target demographics”. The number of people who think “I’d love fighting as random Japanese and Chinese historical figures I’ve probably never heard about” is almost certainly greatly exceeded by the number of people who think “I’d love fighting as random Zelda characters” in the west.

          I mean, I like Japanese history, but the only reason I remember half of these guys is because they’ve been moe-ified as Japanese girls in one light novel or another. >.<

          If they have the option to localise something that sells lots, vs something that sells little, it only makes sense to localise the one that's going to sell better. Sure, sell both if you've got the time/manpower to spare, but you've got to have some priorities.

          • forweg

            Conversely, “Hyrule Warriors” is one of the worst-selling Musou games in Japan. It was most likely made with the West at least partly in mind in the first place.

            And I truly couldn’t care less how much DW, SW and WO sell in the West, as long Koei-Tecmo continue localizing them.

      • Alexander Marquis Starkey

        Well the Gundam animes do have a fanbase, just not as strong as back in the day, Koei sucks at marketing + the stigma against Warriors games results in lower sales…yet, the Zelda series has fans that will buy anything with the Zelda name, which results in opinions changing about the games.

      • Haganeren

        *chinese history

        • Ixbran

          Chinese history and Japanese history, via DW and SW.

          so hes still correct.

          • Haganeren

            Oh ! Of course ! I did forget Nobunaga is in the Japanese history ! Sorry about that.

      • HarakiriKami

        the gundam games usually suck too

  • Slayven19

    Congrats on both games doing well. Also glad to see smash helped 3ds sales in the west. I believe it could have been more had they given us the new 3ds but oh well.

  • Mecha_the_Hedgehog

    I love my copy of LOZHW I think these sales are proof that that the Zelda franchise can be like the Pokemon and Mario franchises and can be lead to spinoff titles. I know I will be playing long until Zelda WiiU comes out. I hope for a sequel maybe with some of the 2D characters and places like from A Link to the Past, Links, Awakening, Oracle of Ages/Seasons and A Link in Time.

  • Yuuki

    I’m happy to see Musou game get the attention it deserves! I hope the next Orochi game is for Wii U with Link and Zelda as playable characters!

  • Yan Zhao

    Im happy to see Wii U units moved that much thanks to Hyrule Warriors. As a fan of both DW and Zelda, I will say that Hyrule Warriors is probably the best DW game I have ever played, even better than One Piece Warriors 2.

    This really makes me sad how TK can make the Warrior series so fun when doing a cross-over but they refuse to do so to their core series. Good enemy AI, weakness gauge instead of mindlessly hack and slashing, boss fights e.t.c really needs to be in DW9 before the series really loses its charm.

    • forweg

      Samurai Warriors 4 is the best game Koei’s ever made. Please don’t be blinded by hype.

      • Yan Zhao

        No, it really isnt. You’re free to believe that as your opinion though.

        • forweg

          You haven’t even played it, I can tell by your other comments. Passing judgement on games you haven’t even played… talk about ignorant. It’s people like you who blindly believe everything IGN or Gamespot spout.

          • Yan Zhao

            “Someone disagrees with the opinion that Im trying to force on others, therefore they are ignorant and stupid and I’ll randomly throw IGN into my argument for the hell of it due to false and stupid assumptions.”

          • Ooooh, dis gunna be good! *Grabs popcorn*

  • Leonard Norwood Jr.

    Good news for both games. I already have Smash 3DS, and it is already awesome as it is. I wonder how the Smash Wii U will go, hopefully just as well as the 3DS. Hyrule Warriors is some good news, although I wonder how exactly how KT and OF will feel and what is their projection for their sales of their games they had hoped to reach. When it gets down to it, I hope these games hold on a bit further.

  • Göran Isacson

    HUh, so it sells better in the West. I think I am a LITTLE bit surprised- wasn’t sure if the Warriors style would be to it’s detriment or not, but almost 200K sounds like good numbers. A shame we in the West don’t have any source tha can report on sell-through rates so I can KNOW if they’re good numbers, but I’ma go ahead and guess that they are.

    Also Smash and MK8 keep on selling like gang busters. I am not surprised.

  • wahyudil

    I hope this will make Dragon Quest Musou will port to Wii U too …

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