According to sales figures provided in Nintendo’s latest earnings report, Super Mario 3D Land outsold Super Mario Galaxy in its first 13 months of being on the market. Super Mario 3D Land, for Nintendo 3DS, sold eight million copies since it was released in November 2011. For comparison’s sake, Wii title Super Mario Galaxy, which launched in November 2007, sold 7.66 million copies after 13 months of being available for purchase from retailers. Both are excellent games, but which of the two 3D platformers do you enjoy playing more?
Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D and Mario Kart 7 are now available for purchase from the Nintendo eShop at a price of $39.99 each. Select Nintendo 3DS software that is currently available at retail stores will become available in the Nintendo eShop in the future. Nintendo UK announced earlier today that Mario Tennis Open is available on the European Nintendo 3DS eShop.
Older retail Nintendo 3DS games are coming to the Japanese Nintendo eShop next month. On November 1st, consumers can download several retail games for 4,800 yen each from the online store, including Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Star Fox 64 3D, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Mario Tennis Open, and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The 3D Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna will also be available as a download, but will cost 3,800 yen.
Those of wanting your fix of Mario on an iOS can now download this shameful clone of Super Mario 3D Land on the App Store. The game is titled 3D Cartoon Land: Safari and the resemblance to the Nintendo 3DS hit Super Mario 3D Land is readily apparent. The developer Jjang Zhi is charging a dollar for the game.
A GBAtemp user was running a weekly scan of Nintendo’s CDN, which is the server where Nintendo hosts eShop titles, and noticed that the ID’s of the European versions of both Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario Land 3D were recently added to it. This means that, supposedly, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land will join New Super Mario Bros. 2 as downloadable titles from the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall has joined forces with Nintendo to advertise the sublime Super Mario 3D Land on Nintendo 3DS. Cattrall says it has been a fantastic experience working with Nintendo. She believes that more women should take time out to play Mario titles, as they’re so much fun.
“It has been fabulous to work with Nintendo. I have been playing Nintendo games for years, have often gifted them to my family and have fallen in love with the new Nintendo 3DS and Super Mario 3D Land. I think it’s really important for women to take time out to play and Mario games are so much fun. An added bonus is that my nephew thinks I am the coolest aunty.”
Nintendo has announced that a whole host of new Nintendo 3DS bundles are headed to Japan including a brand new colour which is described as Cobalt Blue. The Cobalt Blue Nintendo 3DS will be released on March 22nd for 15,000 yen.
Nintendo also announced that a Monster Hunter Tri G Hunter Nintendo 3DS console (which is available to purchase in either black or red) will be released on March 17th for 19,800 yen.
Nintendo will also be releasing a Super Mario 3D Land Nintendo 3DS bundle (which is available in either white or pink) on March 24 for 19,800 yen. This will include a free copy of the original Super Mario Bros.
Lastly, Nintendo also announced that they’re bringing out a limited edition Fire Emblem: Awakening Nintendo 3DS bundle on April 19th for 19,800 yen. The bundle includes a 1,000 yen Fire Emblem point card for DLC.
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Super Mario 3D Land is the very first Nintendo 3DS title to sell over five million units according to Nintendo. The company announced that Super Mario 3D Land has sold 5.03 million copies globally since the title launched in November of last year. Mario Kart 7 has also sold a fair number of units with 4.54 million units sold to date around the world. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D has sold 2.49 million copies worldwide.
Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land for Nintendo 3DS were two of the best-selling games in December according to NPD figures released today. Mario Kart 7 was the fourth best-selling game in the United States and Super Mario 3D Land was the ninth best seller.
1.) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)** 1 Activision Blizzard
2.) Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3) 2 Ubisoft
3.) Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (360, PS3, PC)** 3 Bethesda Softworks
4.) Mario Kart 7 (3DS) 4 Nintendo
5.) Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)** 5 Electronic Arts
6.) Madden NFL 12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2)** 6 Electronic Arts
7.) Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (360, PS3, PC) 7 Ubisoft
8.) NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC) 8 Take 2 Interactive
9.) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) 9 Nintendo
10.) Batman: Arkham City (360, PS3, PC)** 10 Warner Bros. Interactive
It’s been revealed that both Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land for Nintendo 3DS were the best-selling games in Japan during 2011. Mario Kart 7 sold slightly more than Super Mario 3D Land even though Mario Kart 7 was the last out of the two to be released. Wii Sports Resort took the number 9 spot and Wii Party was placed at number 10.
- 01. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/1/2011): 1,082,391
- 02. [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 11/3/2011): 1,042,511
- 03. [PSP] Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, 12/1/2010): 1,021,457 (4,502,446)
- 04. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3G (Capcom, 12/10/2011): 809,322
- 05. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Square Enix, 12/15/2011): 697,146
- 06. [PSP] Final Fantasy Type-0 (Square Enix, 10/27/2011): 696,428
- 07. [WII] Minna no Rhythm Tengoku (Nintendo, 7/21/2011): 633,429
- 08. [PS3] Tales of Xillia (Namco Bandai, 9/8/2011): 632,151
- 09. [WII] Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, 6/25/2009): 612,807 (2,732,655)
- 10. [WII] Wii Party (Nintendo, 7/8/2010): 584,545 (2,123,773)