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Super Smash Bros. Ushers In Big Gains For Nintendo

by Jeff Marchiafava on Oct 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Super Smash Bros. has been one of Nintendo's most anticipated games this year, and early sales of the 3DS version are just one of the company's bragging points for the month of September.

Nintendo has released a statement ahead of this evening's NPD report, which reveals that Super Smash Bros. sold 705,000 in just the final two days of September. More than 135,000 of those copies were digital, nearly 20 percent of the total sales. Super Smash Bros. also helped drive hardware sales; Nintendo says that over 140,000 3DS units were sold in September, which constitutes a 55-percent increase over the previous month.

Meanwhile, the Wii U also enjoyed a booming sales month. Nintendo says hardware sales are up nearly 50 percent compared to last month, driven by strong Mario Kart 8 and Hyrule Warriors sales. The Team Ninja hack-and-slash title as sold 190,000 copies to date in the U.S., while Mario Kart 8 sold another 60,000 units, bringing its total sales to nearly 1.2 million.


Our Take
Today's sales numbers are certainly good news for Nintendo, from both a software and hardware perspective. With more anticipated titles like Bayonetta 2, the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros., and Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire still on the horizon, the company could still have a strong close to a difficult year.