Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Smashes Record

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U | oprain

 

Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U has smashed a record, becoming the fastest selling Wii U game to date- and perhaps forever. After all, it will be difficult for another game to dethrone this formidable challenger from the top spot. In just its first three days of availability (November 21st-23rd), the game sold 490,000 units (counting both physical as well as digital copies from the Nintendo eShop). Over the years, the Super Smash Bros. series has been very popular, selling over 14 million units (across all titles in the series) in the U.S. alone. It’s been six years since Super Smash Bros. Brawl was released for the Wii, and it looks like people are rather excited about this new entry to the series!

In contrast, Mario Kart 8 (which released on May 15th) sold about 2.82 million copies in its first month of availability. This would be an estimated 94,000 or so units sold in a 3-day period during its first month of availability. Hyrule Warriors (which released on August 26th) sold about 100,000 units in Japan during its first month of availability (and about 190,000 units in North America, nearly double the Japan number). That would be an estimated 10,000 units sold in a 3-day period during that month in Japan (or an estimated 19,000 units sold in a 3-day period during that month in North America). So clearly, Super Smash Bros. has literally smashed these games in sales, though that isn’t much of a surprise.

Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8

Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors

 

As you may know, the Wii U has not been doing as well as Nintendo had hoped, but having a bunch of big new titles coming out this year has caused an increase in hardware sales for the system. This is good news, but Nintendo says they still have work to do. Of course, other games like Bayonetta 2 have also helped to some degree. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will likely give an even bigger boost to Wii U sales on top of increases from titles released earlier this year. The holidays are looking good for Nintendo, and hopefully things will continue to look up for them!

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About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in my early 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES and SNES. He loves Nintendo but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks or bike rides, and loves animals.

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the free version of the Unity engine (a powerful and easy-to-use game engine).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.




  • Superr Mann

    I believe that the new Legend of Zelda game, coming out next year, will beat it.

  • GG6

    If SSB for Wii U tops the Japanese video game sales charts by at least half a million on its debut there, expect this headline: “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U reaches 1 million units sold”.

  • An Tran

    Good for the Wii U, but honestly that’s not saying much.