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When Nintendo releases its updated financial reports, it also publishes fresh figures for hardware and software — we've covered the former in our main summary of the year-end results. The software highlights tell their own tale, however, and perhaps help to explain why Nintendo opts for particular franchises and brands over some others that dedicated fans may demand; the Kyoto-based company is concerned with generating profits, after all.

The updated bestseller numbers for Wii U and 3DS are interesting for various reasons. The home console's list includes a title that launched as DLC and then hit stores as a standalone disc, while the numbers for the initial bundled title demonstrate that, actually, plenty of consumers have opted for alternative hardware packages from the default Deluxe / Premium set. As for 3DS, its leading title is no surprise, though there are a few key releases edging towards the 10 million landmark.

The lists from Nintendo's investor site are below, including the Wii and DS equivalents to give a sense of the brands and franchises that served those successful systems so well. It's worth noting that the 3DS and Wii U lists include download sales, all figures count hardware bundle copies, and these figures are accurate as of 31st March 2014.

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So there you have it, with some trends to consider across the platforms. Let us know what you think.

[source nintendo.co.jp]