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


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.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.