Nintendo Updates Its List Of Best Selling Wii U And 3DS Software

by Mike Futter on May 07, 2015 at 03:25 AM

With the fiscal year closed and reported, Nintendo has updated its list of best-selling software for the Wii U and 3DS across those consoles’ history. And, while Mario might be the face of Nintendo, he doesn’t own the top spot on 3DS (and shares the limelight on Wii U).

Here’s where things stand on Wii U, of which 9.54 million units have been shipped:

  • Mario Kart 8 - 5.11 million, 54 percent attach
  • New Super Mario Bros. U - 4.81 million, 50 percent attach
  • Nintendo Land - 4.68 million, 49 percent attach
  • Super Mario 3D World - 4.1 million, 43 percent attach
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - 3.65 million, 38 percent attach
  • New Super Luigi U - 2.25 million, 24 percent attach
  • Wii Party U - 1.55 million, 16 percent attach
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 1.52 million, 16 percent attach

For Nintendo 3DS (52 million shipped handhelds), Pokémon titles continue to bring in huge numbers. Here’s the full list:

  • Pokémon X and Y - 13.85 million, 27 percent attach
  • Mario Kart 7 - 11.7 million, 23 percent attach
  • Super Mario 3D Land - 10 million, 19 percent attach
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - 9.94 million, 19 percent attach
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 9.16 million, 18 percent attach
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 8.94 million, 17 percent attach
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS - 6.75 million, 13 percent attach
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon - 4.48 million, 9 percent attach
  • Tomodachi Life - 4.15 million, 8 percent attach
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - 3.7 million, 7 percent attach

[Source: Nintendo]


Our Take
Given that Nintendo Land was a pack-in for many Wii U units, you’d think that it would be in second place. It wasn’t going to unseat Mario Kart, but the fact that New Super Mario Bros. U is ahead of it is testament to the power of everyone’s favorite plumber.

Attach rates for Mario Kart and Smash Bros. are both up over last generation. Mario Kart Wii attached at 36 percent and Super Smash Bros. Brawl attached at 12.6 percent. This is largely due to the smaller console library and significantly diminished install base. Still, these are impressive attach rates that evidence the strength of Nintendo’s loyal fan base. These franchises aren’t going anywhere (and neither is Nintendo).