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Super Mario 3D Land is fastest selling handheld Mario game ever
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November 28, 2011, 21:21:22

The new Nintendo 3DS game, Super Mario 3D Land, which landed in stores Nov. 11, has become the fastest-selling portable Mario game in company history, selling more than 500,000 units since launch, says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime.

Also mentioned is that Skyward Sword is the fastest selling Zelda game ever. For Nintendo having a year that had next to nothing for game releases, they sure ended it on a high note. This holiday will provide some good numbers for them it seems!

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Posted: 11/28/11, 21:21:22    
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Wow, faster than NSMB? Doubt it will go on to sell 30 million units, though.

Posted by 
 on: 11/28/11, 21:35:45
It's going for 60 bucks on Amazon right now.

Posted by 
 on: 11/28/11, 21:37:12
WOW! Mario is one of the few characters that can sell systems.

Posted by 
 on: 11/28/11, 22:06:23  - Edited by 
 on: 11/28/11, 22:06:47
Good, it's probably the best handheld game I've ever played and one of the best Mario games in the entire franchise. I hope it somehow is able to eclipse NSMB's sales, because that game isn't a tenth as good as 3D Land.

Posted by 
 on: 11/28/11, 23:18:37
And Mario Kart is right around the corner. The only killer apps the system will be missing after that is a proper Pokemon and 2D Mario, both of which are definitely coming.

Haha... people thought the 3DS would fail.

Posted by 
 on: 11/28/11, 23:26:42
Hinph said:
Wow, faster than NSMB? Doubt it will go on to sell 30 million units, though.

Is this the Wii version or the DS version? I am assuming the Wii cause I never saw numbers like that for the DS. Heck, I dont think the WIi version even sold 30 million copies. Last time I checked it was around 20 million, which was earlier this year. I doubt it sold 10 more million units this past year.

Posted by 
 on: 11/28/11, 23:34:10
Yeah, Wii version was around 20 million and DS version was around 30 million... crazy numbers.

People sure love 2D Mario, and you really have to respect Nintendo for not shitting out a new one every 8 months like other big publishers would.

edit: Ah, my memory was wrong. Looked it up to confirm, and it's 22.3 million for Wii version and 26.09 for DS. All according to VGChartz.

Posted by 
 on: 11/28/11, 23:36:31  - Edited by 
 on: 11/28/11, 23:39:40
Hmm, I really didn't expect it to match 2D Mario sales. We'll see longterm, but this is great news.

HOWEVER... is he counting the bundles? Probably.

Posted by 
 on: 11/28/11, 23:45:45

Yea, not sure what the big deal is with the 2D Mario games. Don't get me wrong, I loved the old school Mario games, up to and including Super Mario World for the SNES/

Sorry, while some may say its opinion, (but its not) the Super Mario Galaxy games are waaaay better than the DS and Wii's 2D New Super Mario Bros games. While the 2D versions are not garbage by any means, still SMG games are like a 10 rating making the 2D games look like a 5/10 rated game. Maybe I am exagerrating just a tad, still, people are ignorant for not buying the Mario Galaxy games when they apparrantly bought only the NSMBW game.

And the only reason being is cause of Nostalgic reasons, cause it was called, New Super Mario Bros for the Wii. Nintendo should have titled the galaxy games similarly, like New Super Mario Bros in outer space...or something like that, cause that title sounds like shit.


R U referring to bundles for NSMB for the DS/Wii or the NSM3DL? If the latter, I doubt bundles are included in that amount since the bundles just went on sale on black friday. If for the DS/Wii, I am sure those are included.

Posted by 
 on: 11/29/11, 00:07:25  - Edited by 
 on: 11/29/11, 00:09:57
...Wow. I'm not even sure I can add much more than that.

From what I've seen of 3D Land though, it definitely deserves the sales. Hell, it sold me on the 3DS (though I have to wait a biiiiiiit longer to get it, argh!).

Crazy that Skyward Sword is the fastest selling Zelda game ever, I honestly have to say I was not expecting that!

Posted by 
 on: 11/29/11, 00:08:28

Yea, same here. I figured TP would have that since Nintendo made everyone wait an extra year for it to be released for the WIi. I remember when picking up my Wii on launch day, almost everyone getting the Wii was also buying TP. Of course Im sure most of these people were hardcore Nintendo fans...still though.

I actually hope SS ends up being the best selling Zelda ever, just cause Zelda games typically sell well, but not anywhere near as well as Mario games and other big franchise.

Posted by 
 on: 11/29/11, 00:13:50
@gamewizard65 Yeah I meant the SM3DL bundles, although I did not realize that they just went on sale. Still, they probably sold a crapton just on friday alone.

Skyward Sword is the fastest selling Zelda ever?! Definitely was not expecting that. Although really, what else are Wii owners going to buy right now? Kirby I suppose.

Posted by 
 on: 11/29/11, 00:15:15  - Edited by 
 on: 11/29/11, 00:17:19

Well, I think it's just that 2D Mario has a universal appeal because anybody can pick it up and play it without getting lost or confused by the controls. 3D Mario is much more complex.

My brother is one such person who I had tried again and again to introduce 3D Mario games to, but he always rejected them. The good news? He loves 3D Land.

Posted by 
 on: 11/29/11, 00:23:25

Well, even if the bundles are included, and if not, they eventually will be included cause seriously, they should count. I know around where I live, at places like Best Buy, Gamestop, heck even walmart, all the Mario 3D Land Bundles sold out. The only reason I knew they were even available was due to the ads in the newspaper and when the kids and I went to BB they had one bundle left. The one sales ass. saw me looking at it and told me I better take it now cause it was the last one they had in stock until more arrived. I was like, "Yea, I would like it, but I already have a 3DS and I have the game." Though, I just loved the way the packaging looked and I am a sucker for the color red. I was able to resist. If anything, I would buy the 3DS Zelda OoT bundle. That black 3DS with the gold trim and zelda insignia is really cool. I hate the fact that I always want shit like this that I already basically own.

Posted by 
 on: 11/29/11, 00:29:42
@Hinph Hmm, my girlfriend didn't have quite the same experience, she still struggled with the 3D-ness a bit. Albeit she has barely played any 3D games period, and I think she was eventually getting it. She managed to get past World 1 on her own.

Posted by 
 on: 11/29/11, 00:31:20
Yeah, my brother has still had a hard time in a lot of areas as well, and I doubt he'll have the patience for the special levels. (are we still covering that up with a spoiler tag?) It's just promising that he is actually enjoying himself and wants to continue playing after dying. He's really quite good at 2D Mario, though, and has played quite a few 3D games... loved Ratchet & Clank for some reason.

Posted by 
 on: 11/29/11, 00:37:36
Super Mario Land 3D being in the NPD top 10 five years from now confirmed.

Posted by 
 on: 11/29/11, 01:50:02
Skyward selling good is good. The less reasons they got to use the tablet the next game the better.

Posted by 
 on: 11/29/11, 02:23:55
gamewizard65 said:

Sorry, while some may say its opinion, (but its not) the Super Mario Galaxy games are waaaay better than the DS and Wii's 2D New Super Mario Bros games.

Posted by 
 on: 11/29/11, 04:33:00
That's cool news for sure. The best handheld Mario should be the fastest-selling!*

Skyward Sword is the fastest-selling Zelda, more than OoT or TP? Kind of surprising, although I suppose with the Wii's huge userbase (and all the attention this holiday being on SS), not entirely unexpected. Congrats to SS, Mario and Nintendo!

*disclaimer: I am not including Donkey Kong '94 in this discussion

Posted by 
 on: 11/29/11, 05:23:27
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