The NPD results provide a snippet of extra information from Nintendo's press release, and that is that Mario Kart 8 was the fifth best-selling game in the US (physical retail) in July; below is the multiplatform chart, where systems are listed in order of sales in brackets (via VentureBeat):
1. The Last of Us (PS4, PS3)
2. Minecraft (360, PS3)
3. FIFA 14 (360,PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Vita)
4. Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
5. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
6. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, PC)
7. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
8. Sniper Elite III (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
9. NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
10. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, 3DS, DS, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One, Vita, PC)
Nintendo clearly feels it had a decent July, as it's jumped ahead of the NPD results to issue its own update on US sales progress for Wii U and 3DS. The results are undoubtedly positive in showing momentum going the right way, even if there's admittedly more progress required for the home console — in particular — to shift the units Nintendo wants; it does bode well, however, as we move to busier shopping seasons.
The headline number is that Mario Kart 8 has now passed one million sales in the US alone, and Nintendo confirms that it's only the second title to achieve that landmark alongside New Super Mario Bros. U (1.69 million sales). Nintendo has stated that MK8 is indeed driving improved Wii U momentum, and reports that — compared to the equivalent seven month period in 2013 — the system's hardware sales are up 60%, while software is up 135%. The well-known range of exclusive games on the way from September onwards are cited, along with the arrival of amiibo; the toy range is promised to have "more to come" in terms of games supported, in addition to those already confirmed at E3 2014.
No firm 3DS hardware percentages are given, though a figure of over 40 million 3DS games sold in the US has been provided. The following titles are all confirmed to have passed one million US sales, however:
Mario Kart 7: 3.48 million
Super Mario 3D Land: 3.09 million
New Super Mario Bros. 2: 2.28 million
Pokémon X: 2.10 million
Pokémon Y: 2.01 million
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D: 1.39 million
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: 1.36 million
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon: 1.33 million
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: 1.09 million
July was a good month for Nintendo in the individual SKU software chart stakes, too. Tomodachi Life sold over 85,000 units in its second month to come in fifth place, Pokémon Y was 8th ahead of Pokémon X in 9th, while Mario Kart 7 is an evergreen seller in 10th place.
The 3DS hardware sales could no doubt do with a major boost this Holiday season to chase Nintendo's bold sales target, though Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire should help that case. As for Wii U, while it has a distance to go in raw numbers, there is nevertheless a pleasing sense of upward momentum, which the big N will aim to accelerate as its enticing upcoming line-up kicks into action.
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