Well, it's not been a particularly happy time for Nintendo fans since the company announced its financial results and gave various updates - mainly delays. Yet it's not all bad, it really isn't! In fact, the last financial year brought some pleasing successes on the software front for both the Wii U and 3DS.
The usual list of 'million sellers' has 14 titles across Nintendo's systems, which is better than a poke in the eye with a pointy stick. Let's get to the list, shall we?
- Splatoon - 4.27 million sales
- Super Mario Maker - 3.52 million sales
- Mario Kart 8 - 2.39 million sales (lifetime is 7.5 million)
- Yoshi's Woolly World - 1.37 million sales
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - 1.15 million sales (lifetime is 4.8 million)
- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer - 3.04 million sales
- Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - 1.9 million sales (lifetime is 11.84 million)
- Fire Emblem Fates - 1.84 million sales
- Mario Kart 7 - 1.56 million sales (lifetime is 13.26 million)
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS - 1.36 million sales (lifetime is 8.12 million)
- Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon - 1.22 million sales
- The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes - 1.14 million sales
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 1.09 million sales (lifetime is 10.25 million)
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 1.07 million sales (lifetime is 10 million)
A healthy mix of new and evergreen titles overall, with the Wii U's two biggest hits actually outperforming the top 3DS title. In fact, that statistic does highlight why 3DS software sales were down overall, but Nintendo will take some pleasure from seeing a number of varied million-sellers on the books.
Let us know what you think of these lists in the comments.
Nice to see Splatoon was the best selling game last year. It's almost eclipsed Smash's lifetime sales (on Wii U).
Way to go, Splatoon! I'm surprised how low Smash is in the Top 5 for Wii U.
That's a pretty great list of Wii U games, though maybe a little short. I wish FE Fates did a bit better dor 3DS, but not bad either of course
Who bought all those Happy Home Designer games!?!?!?!?!
@Whopper744 It sold over a million and it's still has to be released in EU and Oz.
Just wait until may and june then you get the sales numbers of europa as well as those gamers who want that special edition of the game.
Wii U's Top 5 sellers of 2015-16 outsold 3DS' Top 5 by about 3 million....
... and people said the Wii U was dead
Excellent...mario kart 8 deserves double that. Best in the series by FAR.
Come on little Captain Toad...you can reach a million sales!!! It's a great little game 😊
I'm so very confused at the Mario Maker sales.
There really should not be a single person in the world that owns a Wii U that doesn't own that game.
Yeah I'm also pleased Woolly World sold as well as it did, I enjoyed my time with it!
@arronishere I bought 1 of them
Well that's great news for Ninty! Lots of money made with the games even if the WiiU is failing and the 3ds is in its twilight years.
I would like to see the sales of bayonetta 2, XCX, DK:TF, and star fox.
Wow FE Fates almost 2 million and it's not even out in Europe yet.
Dead. Doomed. Out of touch. Doomed. Nintendoomed. NX out this year. Splatoon won't sell. Nintendo= Mario only. Wii U dead. Yadayadayada...
Looks like we're expecting a Splatoon sequel in the future.
Really impressive considering their Hardware struggles. Splatoon doing so well is great news as its a new IP but personally I'm pleased for Yoshi, it's a terrific game (the best Yoshi game since Yoshis Island) and deserves success.
Some good news among the doom, hurray!
The attach rate is insane on Nintendo consoles, Nintendo's games still sell so good compared to most other publishers/developers. And Splatoon really deserves the high sales, one of the best and most innovative multiplayer games of the last years.
Wow, I can't believe New Super Mario Bros 2 is still selling so strongly!
Ah I forgot it wasn't out everywhere. That's actually really good, especially for FE. Man, here in the US we get screwed on Virtual Console big time, but EU sure can get some delays with new games sometimes. That sucks.
It's so good, SO GOOD (!), to see FE selling more than 1 million! More than that it's almost 2 million of copies and it's even out in Europe yet! Dear god!
And Fates deserves! It's the best (at least top 3) Fire Emblem game (and yeah I've played every single one so don't go crap on me saying "mimimi just because you never played biding blade or Genealogy of Holy war).
@gcunit It pretty much is, especially after news today. But Those sales are so high for 2 reasons, 1)they're great games 2) there are slim pickings in the new Wii U retail scene.
@gcunit The Wii U does a lot better then people give it credit for. It's not dead at all
Glad Fates finally reached a million!
I'd really like to know which third-party titles came closest to one million sales.
Among all the doom and gloom, some very welcome news! Splatoon and Mario Maker sales are quite impressive. Looks like, Mario Kart 8 is the best selling Wii U game, which I would say is more than welcome, best MK game by a mile!!! Back on the 3DS, seems like Nintendo still did pretty good in a lackluster year. I know some people might not like Happy Home Designer, but I enjoyed what little was there, Japan really, really liked it too. I also loved Super Mystery Dungeon, not as good as Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky, but a welcome near-return to form for the spin off, that really deserves the sales!
So approximately 63% of Wii U owners bought a copy of Mario Kart during the last couple of years since its release. That sounds about right since there has been a noticeable lack of Wii U games during this period.
This is a much higher percentage than Mario Kart for the Wii sold. But there was a lot more games to choose from for the Wii, so it not surprising the Wii U has a few million seller games.
But nothing like the 36 million Mario Kart sales for the Wii.
And that does not include all the second hand copies sold from trade in's, where Nintendo does not make any profit.
Meanwhile, Smash Bros Brawl sold 500k copies since October 2015. Not kidding.
It should be criminal that Bayonetta 2 and XCX are not on that list
It's amazing how small software sales are compared to hardware.
How is Happy Home Designer so high on this list?!
I'm very happy to see Splatoon doing well (I mean heck, it's almost sold as much as smash bros despite having all original characters). Hopefully nintendo will stop stubbornly milking mario so much and remember that new ip can sell well if done right
@arronishere Not me!
1.84 Million for Fates is a great number considering SRPG's tend to be niche. Also keep in mind that the series barely sold 500,000 prior to the release of Awakening.
Big shame Super Mario 3D World isn't on there. I know it's been out for ages but it's my favourite Wii U game and I was kind of hoping it would still be going strong.
Great news for Yoshi and especially Splatoon
Those FE Fates sales are really good. It has practically outsold FE Awakening even without being released in Europe.
MK7, NSMB2, and AC New Leaf continue to show great legs on the 3DS.
Buying the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle was the only way to get the smaller regular sized New 3DS in North America until the special edition Pokémon Red/Blue New 3DS was released over here. And now, since those special edition systems promptly sold out everywhere, the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle continues to be the only way to get a New 3DS in the North American region. I kinda doubt that most people who bought the bundle actually wanted Happy Home Designer, but if they wanted the regular sized New 3DS then buying the game was the only way to get it.
I am so proud to be added to those numbers. I own all the Wii U games except for Yoshi's Wooly World, which I don't think I'll buy anyways. And I own Fire Emblem Conquest, Mario Kart 7, Smash and NSMB 2 on the 3DS.
yoshi > halo, hehe
@A01 I don't have it. It looks boring.
@Frank90 I've beaten every Fire Emblem except for Gaiden, and I'd agree with you with Fates being top 3 Fire Emblem. My top 3 would be:
1) Radiant Dawn, just by a hair over Awakening
I have mixed feelings for Radiant Dawn, while the scale is amazing and see the characters from Path to Radiance again is great, I think the third class is hit or miss (some evolve to little, while others become ridiculous powerful), so it's a very unbalanced game (Trueblade and Gold Knight are broken) and even the difficult is uneven. So to me it's a great game but the flaws prevent to become one of the best.
My top 3 at this moment is
2) Fire Emblem (GBA)
@Frank90 I can see what you mean with Radiant Dawn, especially the difficulty. Some of the later missions get tremendously hard. It also has that bridge again that I hate from Path of Radiance, with the unmarked holes you can fall into.
But in spite of its flaws, it presented in my opinion, a deviously challenging game, that always had an air of tension (at least, from the Elincias Gambit and onwards, I found everything before that quite bland). I also greatly enjoyed the story, and the music. Voice acting was still terrible for the most part though. And I found the support system quite disappointing. I wanted Ike and Lethe to actually speak and go deeper into their relations.
I personally enjoyed the 3rd tier classes a fair bit, and having the special occult abilities too.
@xPH03N1Xx86 oh don't get me wrong, I'm still waiting for a new FE with third tier class, but more balanced.
Indeed the story is very dense and tense, but to me the whole Micaiah and Sothe was very VERY tedious and bland. Actually I still don't know how a generic thief from Radiant Dawn was turn into one of the main characters from the sequel.
I don't know maybe I'm being a bit bitter than I should, because in fact the game was tons of fun.
@Frank90 I agree on the Sothe and Micaiah blandness, I was unsure if Radiant Dawn would be any fun through all of part one with them.
Sothe sort of makes sense as being a main character in Radiant Dawn, as he states in Path of Radiance that he's looking for someone, that someone being Micaiah. And then I guess they wanted a two person set up for Radiant Dawn instead of Micaiah alone.
And I also would love for third tier classes to return.
@manu0 its not even out at na last year too
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