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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has now completed its global release, giving a whole lot of happy Nintendo gamers a chance to enjoy the first portable entry in the series. It's done well in Japan at launch, but with launch weekend sales now added for the West, how has it fared so far in terms of raw numbers?

Rather well, it seems. As part of its press release earlier today announcing Super Smash Bros. for Wii U release dates and amiibo release details and new figurines, Nintendo has confirmed that over 2.8 million copies of Smash Bros. on 3DS have been sold so far around the world; at last count in Japan around 1.375 million of those sales were in Nintendo's homeland up to last week, with a top 5 chart début also confirmed in the UK.

Nintendo is citing the news as a positive precursor to a strong Holiday shopping season, with NoA's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, Scott Moffitt, saying the following.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is already in the hands of more than 2.8 million people worldwide, and the road ahead looks great. Nintendo’s holiday software lineup is more than impressive, and our amiibo figures start a new chapter in the world of Nintendo interactive entertainment. With so many great experiences available, this holiday season is going to be an amazing time to be a Nintendo fan.

Also, Nintendo of Europe's press release has confirmed what was practically assumed in stating that there are plans for the portable brawler to support amiibo in future; there'll be a software update to facilitate that functionality, though it's undated. As the 'New' Nintendo 3DS doesn't hit Europe and North America until next year, along with the separate portal for standard models, this may be a 2015 update — we'll see whether it hits Japan and Australia / New Zealand sooner with the New model in those territories.

Are you one of those 2.8 million fans with the 3DS copy? Are you impressed with these sales figures, or excited about amiibo in the game? Let us know what you think in the comments below.