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Super Mario 3D Land is 3DS's First 5 Million Seller

Posted by James Newton

Just can't get enough

Super Mario 3D Land is the first 3DS game to sell over 5 million copies worldwide.

According to Nintendo's latest figures, the game sits at 5.03m units sold around the world, just ahead of Mario Kart 7's 4.54m sales. Both have easily trumped the previous best-seller, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which sits at 2.49m global sales.

Considering 3DS sales hit 15 million recently, that's potentially one-third of all 3DS owners picking up Mario's platforming adventure, a staggering figure. No wonder Nintendo has a 2D Super Mario game for 3DS due out before April 2013.

Nintendo has high hopes that these titles will continue to sell throughout the 3DS's life, no doubt crossing its fingers for a New Super Mario Bros.-like situation: over 28m copies of Mario's DS outing have sold around the world.

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User Comments (19)

Gameday

#2

Gameday said:

Congrats Nintendo & Mario !
Seems like records are always getting broken with every Mario game so no surprise here.
Its not the shoes , Its In The Tail ;)

mega

#7

mega said:

I have no idea why people love this game so much... I beat the game in 1 day and havent played since. Its my 2nd to least favorite mario title. ( my least is mario galaxy 2)

rjejr

#8

rjejr said:

I think the 3DS would have sold much better had this game been ready for launch. 1/3 is an enormous amount but this game is almost single handily the reason to get a 3DS. OoT is 10 years old and Mario Kart 7 looks alot like Mario Kart DS. My 7 yr. old has been playing it every day for 10 days and my 9 year old when his brother isn't. Thank you Nintendo for having 3 save slots - I may even get to play it some day ;-)

bahooney

#9

bahooney said:

I love SM3DL! I'm still playing through the special stages... The level design is just so good. Let's hope this new one comes much sooner than April, 2013.

Dak_n_Jaxter

#11

Dak_n_Jaxter said:

I got four games with my 3DS... Mario 3DLand, Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart 7, and Bowser's Inside Story. I've beat them all except this, i just can't really get into it. I feel terrible about it....

bboy2970

#12

bboy2970 said:

#Classicgamer: "My least is Mario Galaxy 2." Well there's your problem, you're insane! :P

sinalefa

#13

sinalefa said:

This was my actual reason to get a 3DS, even if I bought the system at launch. I had a lot of DS catching up to do, but the announcement of 3D Land sealed the deal for me.

I love EAD Tokyo's Mario games. To think this one has sold better than its two Wii siblings (the Galaxy games) in less time and with a smaller install base says a lot about their work.

Dodger

#18

Dodger said:

I don't dislike SMG2 but I like SMG1 a lot more. SMG 2 feels like one of those games that people like because they were told to like it. It is a good game but I don't think it is great. The levels are way less memorable then SMG 1. I'm working on the green stars at the moment.

And to be honest, I don't really want SM3DL much. It doesn't look interesting at all to me and every review I see praises it for something I don't want in a Mario game, a lot of references to past Mario games. I don't have much nostalgia for the series and I would rather see them try to do something new. From every demo I've played of this game, it feels like a giant step backwards. I'll probably get it someday but I have a lot of other games I want first.

I'm also partly disappointed because I was hoping for a 64/Sunshine/Galaxy type game that would show how much the 3D helps in making jumps in a 3D space with a camera you can move around and that probably won't be out for a long time now since they plan to release a 2D 3D Mario next. Maybe they'll make a Sunshine remake. It isn't really Nintendo's fault that they didn't give me what I was hoping for, I'm not really blaming them for that and going with a blend of 2D and 3D is an interesting idea but I think they did a good enough job with Galaxy 2 which had a bunch of 2D levels that still rewarded exploration with secret stars and such.

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