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Written by Dustin Murphy
Having launched on October 3rd for the United States, Super Smash Bros. had managed to already sell 705,000 copies, but also allowed console sales to go up 55% so far. This is based on the September report from Nintendo, which was provided through the games NPD report for that month. These sales set the game at the 4th top sold title SKU to move through stores. This was driven by the high expectancies of the game itself. That’s not including the fact the release helped the game sell 55% of the overall sales in August. Because of the total sales, Nintendo has managed to help sell 135,000 copies of Super Smash Bros. through the Nintendo eShop.
Even with these sales, Nintendo saw a huge increase with Wii U sales (double-digit increases), which helped them increase their sales by over 50% in August. These was backed by their releases for both Hyrule Warriors and Mario Kart 8. Both titles having sold rather well and having provided tons of content, DLC, and high amounts of anticipation. Between the two games, they have already managed to sell a combined total of 190,000 units in the United States. Mario Kart 8 having sold nearly 60,000 units in the fifth month it’s been on store shelves, which brings Mario Kart 8’s U.S. sales to nearly 1.2 million titles moved.
Nintendo still has a lot to look forwards to with Bayonetta 2 launching on October 26th, Super Smash Bros for Wii U on November 21st, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on the 5th of December, but also Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire on November 21st. This, however, doesn’t include the launch of Nintendo’s toys-to-life category; amiibo, which launches November 21st. With the launch of amiibo we can expect to see Nintendo’s overall sales to skyrocket thanks to their launch date compatibility with multiple titles and future titles that will support them. These titles at this time are namely, Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10, and Yoshi’s Woolly World. This is only the beginning of what games will be here, but Nintendo has made a website to show compatibility and functionality: http://amiibo.com.
*Data regarding physical sales of games in September are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.
About the Writer:
Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, MMO’s, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable and can’t be softened by even the biggest names in the gaming industry. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. To follow Dustin, hit him up on Twitter over at @GamingAnomaly, find him on his Google+. Wanna game with him? You can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.