While much of the attention has unsurprisingly been given to the Switch, Nintendo's recent avalanche of financial data has also given us an updated look at sales across other recent systems. We wouldn't blame you for thinking that these consoles mustn't generate any software sales these days, but with Mario Kart Wii shifting another 40,000 copies in just the last quarter, you'd probably be quite surprised.
So without further ado, we present to you complete lists of the best-selling Nintendo-published games for Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, and Nintendo DS. All numbers are correct as of 30th September 2018 and include both physical and digital sales.
Topping the list on Wii U is arguably the best entry into Mario's fast-paced, item-throwing racing series, Mario Kart 8 (before it was made even better and thrown onto Switch, that is). You'll notice that this is just the start in quite the trend of most popular titles, but just take a moment to look at how many Mario games made this list. "It's-a-me, wahoo" indeed.
- Mario Kart 8 - 8.42 million
- Super Mario 3D World - 5.80 million
- New Super Mario Bros. U - 5.77 million
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - 5.35 million
- Nintendo Land - 5.19 million
- Splatoon - 4.94 million
- Super Mario Maker - 4.00 million
- New Super Luigi U - 3.04 million
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - 2.28 million
- Mario Party 10 - 2.19 million
See, we told you. Mario's back at it again on 3DS with Mario Kart 7 - the entry which unsurprisingly came just before Mario Kart 8 - sitting at the top of the pile. Of course, until this year's Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the handheld market had always been the exclusive home of main series Pokémon games, too. You can expect to find bucket loads of the little pocket critters in this list.
- Mario Kart 7 - 17.52 million
- Pokémon X and Y - 16.34 million
- Pokémon Sun and Moon - 16.13 million
- Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - 14.13 million
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 12.82 million
- Super Mario 3D Land - 12.22 million
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 11.94 million
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS - 9.35 million
- Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon - 7.96 million
- Tomodachi Life - 6.30 million pcs.
Ah, the Wii, the console which introduced more games where you shake a Wii Remote around than you could ever hope to shake a Wii Remote at. Wii Sports obviously takes the top spot here, not only being bundled with almost every Wii in existence, but also going on to be the best-selling single-platform game of all time. In other news, the 'Wii' branding was certainly used to the full, wasn't it?
- Wii Sports - 82.86 million
- Mario Kart Wii - 37.14 million
- Wii Sports Resort - 33.09 million
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii - 30.22 million
- Wii Play - 28.02 million
- Wii Fit - 22.67 million
- Wii Fit Plus - 21.13 million
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl - 13.29 million
- Super Mario Galaxy - 12.78 million
- Wii Party - 9.32 million
Finally we have the Nintendo DS. The usual handheld blend of Mario and Pokémon take centre stage here, although the Brain Training franchise also makes its presence felt thanks to its huge popularity back in the day. That and nintendogs, which we're amazed hasn't found its way to Switch in one way or another.
- New Super Mario Bros. - 30.80 million
- nintendogs - 23.96 million
- Mario Kart DS - 23.60 million
- Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? - 19.01 million
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl - 17.67 million
- Pokémon Black and White - 15.64 million
- More Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? - 14.88 million
- Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver - 12.72 million
- Animal Crossing: Wild World - 11.75 million
- Super Mario 64 DS - 11.06 million
So there you have it, the best-selling Nintendo-published games across all recent major systems. If you missed it yesterday, feel free to check out the top ten best-selling Switch games too!
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