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3DS XL and New Super Mario Bros. 2 Boast Big Sales in Japan

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Mario's reaction: 'wahoo!'

We've already brought you news of 3DS XL enjoying a steady start in the UK, but figures for Japan are showing a positive weekend of sales for Nintendo both in terms of the new hardware and New Super Mario Bros. 2.

To start with 3DS XL, chart company Enterbrain has confirmed that over 193,000 units were sold in the first two days on sale in Nintendo's homeland. As reported by Eurogamer.net, this surpasses the equivalent DSi and DSi XL figures, which were 70,000 and 103,000, respectively. It should be acknowledged that those handheld systems came along a good bit later in the DS life cycle, but it's nevertheless a good sign against some negativity and pessimism in the industry.

As for New Super Mario Bros. 2, that's also performed very well with a reported 430,000 sales in two days. New Super Mario Bros on DS sold 480,000 copies on its first day, for a comparison, but it's still an impressive start for the sequel.

[via eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (19)

Nardar

#1

Nardar said:

I would have been surprised if both the 3DS XL and Mario didn't sell well. I can't wait for the review for NSMB2.

MrWezzle

#4

MrWezzle said:

Feeling all warm on the inside. Can't wait to see how these fellaz do in the States.

NintyMan

#8

NintyMan said:

It's always nice to see a good start in Nintendo's homeland, but it would be really nice if the 3DS XL and NSMB2 did well in other countries as well. If it can perform well in countries like Britain and America, then it would convince those in the market that Nintendo still has energy.

ThomasBW84Admin

#11

ThomasBW84 said:

@LordOtakWiiU It's currently not 100% clear, which is why I said the figure was a 'reported' 430,000. I don't think this figure includes eShop downloads, and it's currently unknown whether download cards or codes sold by retailers are counted. I suspect Nintendo will release its own sales figures this week, and when it does we'll be sure to report it.

LittleIrves

#12

LittleIrves said:

It's really important that this game sells as well as it does, even if some of the NSMB haters say how unfortunate it is that Galaxy-style games don't receive the same market support. Those 3D experimental titles exist because of the mammoth success of the old-school 2D games. Like the director that makes a lowest common denominator action movie to bring in bunches of cash, just so they can take a risk on a more unusual project. Nintendo = Steven Soderbergh.

SkywardLink98

#14

SkywardLink98 said:

To be fair, the first New Super Mario Bros would've been something people haven't played in awhile, and had to get. By the 3rd time around, a good amount of people who got it the first time won't be getting it again.

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