Strong Software Sales for Nintendo in Q3 2015

Strong Software Sales for Nintendo in Q3 2015

It is always interesting to see how games you thought amazing really sold on the open market place. Nintendo has just released a full list of the top selling games up to September 2015. These give you a good idea how sales have been on the Wii U up to this point.

For the 3DS:

Game Name: Sales In Q3 Total Sales Up To Sep 30
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer 2,020,000 2,020,000
Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire 420,000 10,690,000
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 330,000 7,370,000
Mario Kart 7 270,000 12,190,000
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 270,000 9,440,000
Tomodachi Life 180,000 4,480,000
New Super Mario Bros. 2 170,000 9,470,000
Pokemon X / Y 160,000 14,150,000
Super Mario 3D Land 110,000 10,210,000
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 70,000 4,610,000
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 50,000 3,820,000

For the Wii U

Game Name: Sales In Q3 Total Sales Up To Sep 30
Super Mario Maker 1,880,000 1,880,000
Splatoon 800,000 2,420,000
Mario Kart 8 440,000 5,870,000
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 200,000 4,030,000
Super Mario 3D World 170,000 4,470,000
Nintendo Land 120,000 5,000,000
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD 50,000 1,620,000
New Super Mario Bros. U 40,000 4,880,000
New Super Luigi U 10,000 2,270,000
Wii Party U 10,000 1,580,000

It is fantastic to see Splatoon on that list, selling over 2 Million units since release is not bad, especially considering it is a new IP on a system that does not have the install base of the other consoles. Hopefully this gives incentive to Nintendo to push new IP’s as well as the classic titles people know and love.

It is important to note that the core Nintendo lineup of games is doing very well overall. It is also interesting to see that Nintendo has a solid ever-green lineup. Games such as Mario Kart and Pokemon sell well quarter over quarter. This is one area Microsoft and Sony have a lot of catching up to do.

In the same report from Nintendo it also shows total hardware sales for all platforms. Although the Wii U is not selling as well as the PS4 or the Xbox One, it has managed to sell 10.3 million units. The 3DS is sitting at a staggering 54.34 million units. In comparison to Nintendo’s last generation of consoles, the Wii sold 101.59 million and the DS sold 154.01 million. If anything can be learned from Nintendo, it is don’t count them out. They are still selling millions of units for all the tent-pole releases, and even the new franchises are doing well. It will be exciting to see if they can carry this forward into the NX console generation and what that will mean for the games landscape.