Super Smash Bros. Is The 10th Nintendo 3DS Game To Sell 1 Million Copies In The U.S.

By Ishaan . November 13, 2014 . 5:00pm

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is the 10th 3DS game to sell 1 million units in the U.S., Nintendo said today. In a little over a month, the game has sold 1.2 million copies in the U.S., between retail and download sales.

 

Below is a look at what the rest of that list is like. Keep in mind that these figures are for the U.S. only, and include both retail and download sales combined:

 

Mario Kart 7 – 3.62 million

Super Mario 3D Land – 3.34 million

New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 2.33 million

Pokémon X – 2.11 million

Pokémon Y – 2.03 million

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – 1.41 million

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 1.36 million

Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 1.42 million

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – 1.20 million

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – 1.06 million

 

A little food for thought: It’s interesting to see that Zelda: A Link Between Worlds hasn’t outsold Luigi’s Mansion yet, and even more interesting that Ocarina of Time 3D hasn’t sold much more than Luigi’s Mansion, despite having been on the market for a few years now.

 

One reason, of course, could be that the 3DS Luigi’s Mansion game includes an online multiplayer mode, which is a feature that is generally believed to help give games longer tails. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon was also a highly anticipated sequel to a franchise that hadn’t been seen in years. At the same time, one wonders if Nintendo ever think about whether Zelda has the potential to do better, and just how to reach tap into that potential.



  • Hyero

    1.20 million copies sold? I’m gonna be that guy.

    I wonder how the next Monster Hunter will do with it’s growing popularity.

    • Shane Guidaboni

      Speaking of Monster Hunter, when the hell are we getting MH4?

      • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

        I’d be willing to bet late March again, along with the N3DS launch.

      • Hyero

        I’m with Tylor. March sounds like the best time considering we got MH3U on March 18.

      • SMT

        Hopefully it’ll release in January-February. Capcom set an expectation to release a certain amount of copies WORLDWIDE until March 31st, so it’ll probably be in their interest to give it some time before that date, and not release it on March…

        At least that’s what I’m hoping for, because I just want to play it ASAP >_>

  • BlinkingRune

    Every time these numbers come out, I’m just so proud of Luigi. That game was so fun, and it was clear that a lot of love was put into it. The most beautiful thing about this list, in fact, is that Luigi is playable in half of them (Super Mario 3D, New Bros 2, Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Dark Moon), which is more than can be said of Mario who is only playable in four of the titles.

    Feels good.

    • Lilburrito

      Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon by itself, was a spectacular game and it trumps its prequel in almost every aspect. And with the arrival of the Luigi death stare, I can’t help but feel that the Younger brother is going to develop even more in terms of character for the years to come.

      • BlinkingRune

        I don’t know when Nintendo sat down and started giving the guy a personality—his diary in Paper Mario comes to mind, but it might not be the first example—but as soon as they did, a literal star was born, my love for him has only grown exponentially.

      • s07195

        Did you see his expression in the trailer for faceplates for the New 3DS? It seems that despite all odds, Luigi is developing self confidence!

  • Adrian Duran

    Both of the Zelda games on the 3DS feel like remakes, with another coming soon

    Wait for a real Zelda game to decide if the series is viable or not on handhelds

    • SirStrongBeard

      The series IS viable on handhelds…
      Link’s Awakening, Oracle of Seasons, Oracle of Ages, and Minish Cap are all stellar examples of original Zelda games flourishing on handhelds. Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks are also both great games albeit disappointing for Zelda.
      Calling A Link Between Worlds a “remake” is ridiculous, it has a similar style but it is still vastly different. If that’s a remake then every Megaman, Call of Duty, Assasins Creed, etc. are all remakes as well. Hell, the first 6 Megaman’s all have way more in common than ALBW did with ALTTP. Also it’s a great game

    • Sentinel

      Yeah, I hope after MM3D that Nintendo stops looking at the past and actually uses the 3DS to create an original Zelda game, one we haven’t seen before.

  • Fire Emblem deserves the 1 mil sale too :<

    • I’m fairly certain Fire Emblem is somewhere in the 900k range worldwide. Last we heard, it was hovering around 450k in the U.S., if I recall correctly. That was a year ago.

      • Yeah, it deserves more though, say, round that number up to 1 million, and 3DS install base down to 40 millions, that’s 1/40 = 2.5%, while it’s excellent for a niche game (I consider Fire Emblem quite niche in the West), I feel like the series could do better.

        • s07195

          Hopefully Smash including 2 characters from said game will help out in selling more copies?

          • British_Otaku

            There were a lot of digital sales of games based on characters from those franchises being in Smash Bros. In addition with more awareness, it could have done a bit better but don’t expect anything huge long after the original game came out.

        • British_Otaku

          It is the best selling Fire Emblem yet iirc and saved the series from extinct through including every vaguely good idea they could think of like a Casual Mode and Waifus/Husbandos.

          It could do better but it doesn’t need to do any better, it isn’t on a thin line or the type of thing which clicks with people like the ten listed above.

      • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

        I thought it is already 1 mill worldwide? Especially with the discount the game had during Smash promotion?

      • Sentinel

        Fire Emblem is well past 1 million worldwide, at least 1.2 million or so.

        But yeah, it’s unfortunately unlikely to hit 1 million in the US alone, but oh well.

  • Kalis Konig

    MAn if you add in international sales I bet quite a few more games reach those numbers. Hopefully Awakening and Fantasy Life can see those numbers in America alone . Yokai Watch, Majoras Mask, and ASOR are games that will definitely reach that milestone.

  • SirStrongBeard

    A Link Between Worlds is a magnificent Zelda game. If you do not yet own this awesome adventure then I suggest you immediately rectify that mistake.

    • Sentinel

      I used to own it…until I sold it after one playthrough and went back to playing Wind Waker.

  • AuraGuyChris

    You just can’t outrun a racing car.

    If you’re a speedy hedgehog, you’re subject to a lot of Blue Shells.

  • I own all 10 of those games. Retail. ^_^

  • Namuro

    Let’s see if Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate can join the one million club!

    • triablos

      I hope it gets popular enough to bring original versions before the G versions. I also hope they release the games quicker, because for a series that has barely any text it takes too long.

      • s07195

        I think one of the reasons the original versions isn’t brought over is due to how the Western community takes these kind of updates- pretty vocal about the seemingly minimalistic upgrades.

        • British_Otaku

          Relatively speaking, MH4G and other expansions of this sort are pretty huge at least in comparison to a fighting game getting a few new characters and stages.

          That said, people seem really peeved when there is a definitive edition soon after they got their game especially when it changes how multiplayer works out.

          • s07195

            Yeah, that general peeved feeling is what I was aiming to mention. It occurs in Japan too but not as strong as Western countries.
            Sasuga sempai (^_^”)

      • Namuro

        The original MH4? Why would you want that?

        MH4G has everything the original has, and more. Also, you wouldn’t be able to play with the people who are playing 4G.

        • triablos

          Its not MH4 vs MH4G. Its I want MH4 now and when G comes out I’ll get that. I’m pretty sure you wanted MH4 and bought it even though you knew a G version was coming out, and you got the G version when that came out too. Why did you do that? Its the same here.

          The online issue is true, but everything else I disagree with.

          In the end, I just want to play some MH.

          • Namuro

            I understand that you (and many more) want to play the game now. But since the game will be coming out early next year, even if we don’t know the exact date, but it’s not that far away! You might as well just wait for it.

            As for me. Yes, I knew from the beginning that there’ll be a G version to follow, which will make my MH4 obsolete. BUT, the difference is that, I get to play it for a WHOLE YEAR before G comes out.

            If you were to say this when MH4G was just announced (or better yet, before), then that would be pretty normal. But since you’re asking for the old game now, when the new one is nearly finished, I just found it a bit strange, that’s all.

            You only have to wait a couple of months for the game at this point, but not a whole year like me back then! Even then, none of us have any idea when 4G was going to released. At least 4U has a (vague) release date of early next year.

            By the way, you may be very happy if CAPCOM was to release MH4 now. But do you think other people will think the same way? They would definitely feel that CAPCOM’s trying to rip them off by selling the old and outdated game, just to have them buy another in a fairly short time, in order to enjoy the full game.

            Instead of making the game more popular, I’m afraid it’s gonna have a totally opposite effect…

            Anyway, it’s not long to go. Just keep up the hype and wait for it! Good things come to those who wait, eh?

            I’m gonna get the English version, too. So I’ll be seeing you in the game next year!

          • triablos

            Oh, in that case you might have misunderstood me. I want MH original games to be released in the west near the JAPANESE release date. As in, I would’ve liked MH4 last year when it came out in Japan, or early this year which is a year before MH4U release date. I’m not saying for Capcom to release the game NOW so I can play it for 2 months before it is obsolete.

            Also, the whole non-monhun fans b*tching is a non-issue because a) they don’t play the games so screw them and b) people will moan regardless. Look at SF, Pokemon and a bunch of others.

            Hope I can play with you next year, but I’ll be terrible because of how long its been! xD

          • Namuro

            “Screw them.” LOL

            Anyway, I think it’s also a good thing that you haven’t played MH in a long while. This way, everything in MH4U will feel very new and exciting! There’ll be lots of stuff for you to learn, and relearn, even!

            Brace yourself for all the new, cool stuff! :D

          • triablos

            Yeah I’ve actually stopped playing FU and 3U so I don’t get burned out when I play 4U. Can’t wait!

      • Attribule

        Skipping straight to the definitive version is the best thing they can do.

        Getting the original is paying full price for a lesser version of a game that’ll make it 100% obsolete within a year or so, and also be full price.

        People want the originals only because they’re in the “I want it now!” mentality, and don’t realize it’s actually bad for them as consumers. Skipping straight to the best version is the most consumer-friendly, and I’m glad Capcom made that decision for this generation.

        Edit: They do the original in Japan because Japanese eat it up every single time, unfortunately for them. If it works don’t change it, in that case. It doesn’t really “work” in the west.

        • triablos

          Yes, getting the definitive version is the best, but I’d rather have the original version over a 2 year wait. I’ll just data transfer and carry on playing. Literally the only negative is having to pay a bit more (I say a bit because of trade ins) and I feel its worth it to be able to play my favourite game series a whole year earlier.

          If people want to wait for the ultimate edition they can, but if they don’t want to they can get the original.

          So to sum it up, consumer friendly 2 year wait < get the game now

  • Kornelious

    Not surprising…..Smash is comes only once every 5-6 years, so when you make a new one that is for a popular portable system, you can expect good results :)

  • melvin2898

    Pokemon should be at the top

  • fairysun

    Luigi Mansion 2 is just that good!!

    • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

      And it also shows that Western devs is also able to get the sales in JP here.^_^

    • Sentinel

      Didn’t really enjoy it myself, but I’m glad others enjoyed it.

  • Yan Zhao

    Wow I had no idea those Super Mario 3DS games sold this much in the US alone. Nintendo is really racking it up.

  • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

    Man, 3DS is literally spamming those million sales.

    And, i can see this December, Tomodachi Life, Kirby and Yoshi is going to enter that list too.^_^

  • Gojuu

    just 1 more week till smash wii u hits stores…just 1 mooooaaaarrrrr……

  • Sentinel

    I still have yet to see Nintendo wow me with a 3DS Zelda. It’s a favorite franchise of mine, but a bunch of remakes and an abysmal 2D game don’t cut it. The 3DS is capable of so much more than that.

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