Super Smash Bros 3DS Sales a Smashing Success


Super Smash Bros. 3DS has been an amazing success for Nintendo all around. According to NPD group, the game sold more than 705,000 copies with only two days of data on it from the month of September. Earlier this month, Nintendo announced it sold 2.8 million copies worldwide, including physical and digital units. The game’s amazing sales also drove sales of the 3DS. More than 140,000 units of hardware were sold in September, a 55% increase over August sales. A new generation (or re-generation, as it were,) of Pokemon may also stand to help bolster sales.

It looks like Nintendo’s re-focus on hardcore gaming and gamers is paying off. Along with the sales bump in the 3DS, Nintendo also saw a nearly 50% increase in sales of the Wii U. Hyrule Warriors and Mario Kart 8  were credited as major factors in console sales. With a new Sm4sh game on the horizon in November for the Wii U, the launch of amiibo and the upcoming release of Bayonetta 2, Nintendo can almost definitely expect that number to increase and they may see the best holiday season in many years.

For comparison, since 2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii sold 12.27 million copies. In the first two days, Sm4sh for the 3DS has reached almost 1/12th of that. Since its launch, the title has allegedly sold more than 2.8 million copies, with more than one million copies sold  in Japan alone. It will be interesting to see the combined sales of the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game, which sells better, and how much of an impact this will have on Nintendo’s future.

Keep in mind, while some may still see Nintendo as the best, this absolutely does not guarantee Nintendo’s future success in the market. Some of the biggest titles won’t find their way onto any of Nintendo’s platform, including Call of DutyAssassin’s Creed, and Madden. That being said, Nintendo does have other IPs it could milk like MetroidF-Zero, and Starfox. I am also incredibly interested in their new IP, Splatoon. Will those drive console sales and help Nintendo survive? Well we’ll just have to see how the market plays out. At least if the Super Smash Bros 3DS  sales are any indication, Nintendo is on the right track to success!

About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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