Nintendo Reveals The Top 10 Best-Selling 3DS & Wii U Games


Nintendo released details on its financial statement for the 9-month period that ended last December. It reported that the total sales of the company is $2.7 billion. This is around a 27 percent decline from the same period in 2015 when it cited sales as $3.7 billion.

According to Nintendo, from October 1 to December 31, 200,000 Wii U units and 3.73 million 3DS consoles have been sold. However, from April to December, Nintendo handheld consoles have sold 6.45 million units (+10% compared to the same period last year), while for Wii U, Nintendo has shipped 760,000 units (-75%), with 12,480,000 games sold (-45%). There’s great success for the Nintendo NES Classic Mini, which sold over 200,000 units in North America in the launch month.

During this period, software sales reached 46.78 million (+20%) overall, where the two new games in the Pokémon series, Pokémon Sun/Moon, sold 14.69 million units in total. There’s been a good performance also for Super Mario Maker for 3DS, which sold over a million copies. It’s good news for Pokémon Go too, which has pushed Pokémon game sales, and also Nintendo 3DS sales, especially in the West. As for the mobile area, Nintendo has confirmed that Super Mario Run has exceeded 40 million downloads in the first four days after its launch.

The entire list of best-selling games has been mentioned below for the Wii U and 3DS:


  1. Pokemon X/Y — 16.06 million
  2. Mario Kart 7 — 14.82 million
  3. Pokemon Sun/Moon — 14.69 million
  4. Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire — 13.68 million
  5. Super Mario 3D Land — 11.17 million
  6. New Super Mario Bros. 2 — 11.09 million
  7. Animal Crossing: New Leaf — 10.45 million
  8. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS — 8.59 million
  9. Tomodachi Life — 5.58 million
  10. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon — 5.2 million

Wii U

  1. Mario Kart 8 — 8.26 million
  2. New Super Mario Bros. U — 5.62 million
  3. Super Mario 3D World — 5.47 million
  4. NintendoLand — 5.16 million
  5. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U — 5.16 million
  6. Splatoon — 4.76 million
  7. Super Mario Maker — 3.89 million
  8. New Super Luigi U — 2.89 million
  9. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD — 2.11 million
  10. Mario Party 10 — 2.04 million

The Nintendo Switch reveal trailer showed that popular franchises like Super MarioSplatoon, and Mario Kart are in development for the system, but it also highlighted other experiences, like Skyrim. If Nintendo is able to provide the first-party exclusives that people buy its systems for, and is able to complement that lineup with strong third party support, then Nintendo Switch may return the Big N to its glory days.


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