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NPD: Super Smash Bros For Nintendo 3DS Sells 705,000 Units In Two Days, Drives 55 Percent Increase In Hardware Sales

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launched on Oct. 3 in the U.S., and even with only two days of data included in NPD’s September report, the game still managed to finish as the No. 4 best-selling software SKU for the month with more than 705,000 total units sold. Of that total, more than 135,000 units were sold digitally through the Nintendo eShop. The game’s biggest impact however may be on hardware sales. More than 140,000 units of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems were sold in September, an increase of 55 percent over sales in August.

Sales of Wii U hardware also saw double-digit increases in September, increasing by nearly 50 percent over sales in August. These gains were driven in particular by two software titles: Hyrule Warriors and Mario Kart 8. Hyrule Warriors launched on Sept. 26 and has already sold more than 190,000 combined units in the U.S. alone. Mario Kart 8 sold nearly 60,000 combined units in its fifth month on the market, bringing its lifetime total in the U.S. to nearly 1.2 million total units.

A great lineup of games for Wii U begins on Oct. 26 with Bayonetta 2, the Wii U exclusive that currently holds a 91 score on Metacritic. That continues with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U on Nov. 21 and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on Dec. 5. Also launching on Nov. 21 is amiibo, Nintendo’s foray into the toys-to-life category. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be the first game to launch with amiibo integration. Other games that will support amiibo include Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World, with more to come. More details about compatibility and functionality of amiibo may be found at

The Nintendo 3DS library will soon be bolstered by two of the most anticipated games of 2014: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (Nov. 21).

60 thoughts on “NPD: Super Smash Bros For Nintendo 3DS Sells 705,000 Units In Two Days, Drives 55 Percent Increase In Hardware Sales”

        1. That game is gonna tank so fast and get thrown in the bargain bin, it’s not even funny.

          I’ll MAYBE pick it up when it hits about $8 or so. I was originally planning on supporting the game, but then I figured there was no point, because Ubisoft has already confirmed that the sequel is not coming to Wii U. I am sure that they have already started working on the Watch Dogs sequel and it is most likely coming to Xbox One and PS4 and skipping Wii U.

      1. Knuckles new look alone ruined any chance that game had for me and many other people without seeing any gameplay or anything

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      1. I’m guessing you misunderstood my question.
        I was asking why we got absolute numbers (140,000) for the 3DS, but only relative numbers, a percentage, (increase by ~50%) for the WiiU.

        1. Because it sounds better to hear “50% increase” vs. “Sold 90,000 consoles” especially after you hear of the 3DS success that the Wii U cannot compete with.

          1. I think it’s more than obvious that the 3DS would be selling better than the WiiU.
            Relative numbers are useless without their corresponding absolute numbers, and I’m more interested in the latter anyway, that’s why I asked.

  1. Ehhh the ps4 was what drove the increase in hardware sales. 300% increase over last month where it was already #1 in sales.

  2. lord ghost : king of the federation

    am joining the smash bros wagon. after all i never said anything bad about nintendo.
    wii u foerver

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  4. These are good numbers. So many “game journalist” and fanboys alike have been saying that the dedicated handheld market is disappearing. I have argued against that silly notion since day one. It’s nice to have a little justification. Just becouse phone games are on a steady increase, does not mean handheld gaming is dieing.

  5. I wonder how many complaint e-mails Nintendo is receiving about the 3DS Smash Bros. feeling rushed and watered down?

    1. It’s not that it feels rushed, it’s that it feels like some bad decisions were made, maybe BECAUSE the team felt rushed making the game.

      The game itself for what it is, is actually pretty polished and clever and new and exciting, but you can see the faults pretty easily.

      I totally wish they stuck with just a Wii U version. I was always going to get the Wii U version as my number 1 version anyway.

      1. Besides the inferior and cramped controls and weaker hardware, what faults have you found with the 3DS version? I haven’t found much myself but would like to know if I missed anything.

  6. i cant wait to see what happens come Nov 21. This really is the make of break title now for Wii U. It really does need a miracle now.
    I got my copy of this on 3DS. Bloody amazing. Such gret replay value ?

  7. Imagine how many people would have bought a Wii U if Nintendo would have just kept Smash exclusive to the Wii U. They lost alot of sales by putting it on the 3ds.

    1. I agree with you. I am going to buy smash for the 3ds. If it was only on the wii u I might have bought the console immediately . I know that smash on wii u will be a lot better than the 3ds version. So I will probably wait for a price drop on the wii u.

    2. Remember, they announced that Smash will be on both Wii U and 3DS at E3 2011, more than a year before the Wii U launched. So I’m sure that Nintendo didn’t want to betray fans that were hyped that there is going to be 2 different versions of Smash Bros coming out near each other.
      I’m certain, that if the hype is still there for Smash Wii U, then it will sell well and shift a decent amount of consoles, provided they do a Smash Wii U bundle, maybe have a bundle that has the Premium Wii U and everthing that it has, plus Smash Bros Wii U and Mario Kart 8 in a big super awesome bundle. Sales will have a better increase if Nintendo bundled the two most must own Wii U games in one convenient bundle, maybe with Gamecube controller in the bundle as a bonus…

  8. Almost 1.2 Million copies of Mario Kart 8 sold in the US.
    So, what was that about Mario Kart 8 going to be the worst selling in the Franchise’s history???
    Oh wait, there’s still about 4 years left of the Wii U lifecycle, if Nintendo take the traditional 5-6 years between consoles route.
    I guarantee that Mario Kart 8 will be a continuous software seller, like the games before it, in it’s lifetime. Because the amount of Wii U owners, albeit slowly, is increasing and in my opinion, is the best game on the Wii U right now.
    I dare someone to try to say otherwise WITH VALID POINTS and not just Troll comments, because the opinion of a troll is invalid…

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