This Week In Sales: Not Even Super Mario 3D World Can Lift Wii U Sales


    Period: The week of November 18th – November 24th (2013)

    Top-seller: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII – 277,082

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 20,797 | Total sales: 8,995,972

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 63,709 | Total sales: 4,816,447

    PlayStation Vita sales: 21,044 | Total sales: 2,071,679

    Vita TV sales: 7,868 | 50,040

    Wii U sales: 21,002 | Total sales: 1,190,956

    << Last week’s software sales chart


    Last week, Nintendo released Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U in Japan. A successor to Super Mario 3D Land on the Nintendo 3DS, World’s goal was to combine the best aspects of 2D and 3D Super Mario games into a product that would hopefully reinvigorate the Wii U, which has been selling extremely poorly. Super Mario 3D World’s first-week sales, however, indicate that things may not go according to plan.


    Above is a chart that compares opening week sales in Japan for every Super Mario game released since 2006. As you can see, while no game has ever managed to replicate the success of New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, most Mario titles have managed respectable opening week sales—with the exception of two games.


    2012’s New Super Mario Bros. U sold around 160,000 copies in its first week—a rather shabby performance for a brand new Mario title. However, even that game didn’t do do as badly as last week’s Super Mario 3D World, which sold a mere 100,000 copies in its opening week. You can find a detailed breakdown of first-week Super Mario sales below.


    New Super Mario Bros. (2006) – 899,518

    New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009) – 934,739

    Super Mario Galaxy (2007) – 250,585

    Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010) – 339,901

    Super Mario 3D Land (2011) – 343,492

    New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012) – 407,503

    New Super Mario Bros. U (2012) – 163,528

    Super Mario 3D World (2013) – 99,588


    Wii U sales for the week were characteristically poor as well, coming in at 21,002 units sold, which is shockingly low for a week that saw the release of a killer app for the device. Overall, a very poor showing indeed, and one raises the question of just what the Wii U’s future holds, given that even Nintendo’s flagship franchise has been unable to perform its necessarily role—at least in Japan.


    One could argue that Super Mario 3D World sales will pick up this holiday season, and yes, they probably will. However, Mario’s strength comes partly from how well the games sell throughout the year, and judging by the opening sales for 3D World, this one isn’t going to be breaking any records. Time to find another solution, Nintendo.


    The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII277,082NewPS3Square Enix
    New02.Super Mario 3D World99,588NewWiiUNintendo
    New03.One Piece Unlimited World: RED83,605New3DSNamco Bandai
    05.04.Pokémon X and Y72,9323,002,7383DSPokémon Co.
    New05.Aikatsu! Futari no My Princess72,087New3DSNamco Bandai
    01.06.God Eater 239,052305,378PSVNamco Bandai
    03.07.Pro Evolution Soccer 201435,879187,678PS3Konami
    02.08.Call of Duty: Ghosts (Subtitled Version)29,252219,883PS3Square Enix
    07.09.Monster Hunter 421,1202,959,7893DSCapcom
    04.10.God Eater 220,508132,531PSPNamco Bandai
    New11.Monster Hunter Frontier G Beginner’s Package19,334NewPS3Capcom
    New12.Taiko Drum Master: Wii U Version19,265NewWiiUNintendo
    New13.New Atelier Rorona: Origin Story of The Alchemist of Arland17,536NewPSVGust
    New14.New Atelier Rorona: Origin Story of The Alchemist of Arland14,060NewPS3Gust
    09.15.Grand Theft Auto V13,548593,370PS3Take 2
    06.16.Daigasso! Band Bros. P12,63552,8313DSNintendo
    12.17.PowerPros Baseball 20139,485190,659PS3Konami
    10.18.Battlefield 49,134150,124PS3Electronic Arts
    11.19.Pro Evolution Soccer 20147,62424,600PSPKonami
    17.20.Sentouchuu: Survival Battle with the Legendary Ninjas7,046102,3503DSNamco Bandai


    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at 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.

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