As part of its Q3 2019 financial update, Nintendo has provided up-to-date lists for its best-selling games across current consoles. We've already shared the current top ten best-selling Switch games, but what about the 3DS?
Well, as it happens, the top ten 3DS games are exactly the same now as they were three months ago, albeit with more sales under their belts. All sales totals below are lifetime sales which are accurate as of 31st December 2018 and include both physical and digital sales as well as bundled units.
- Mario Kart 7 - 18.11 million
- Pokémon X and Y - 16.37 million
- Pokémon Sun and Moon - 16.14 million
- Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - 14.17 million
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 13.08 million
- Super Mario 3D Land - 12.41 million
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 12.10 million
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS - 9.45 million
- Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon - 8.28 million
- Tomodachi Life - 6.40 million pcs.
Of course, with a general lack of major new releases and dwindling interest in the console from its core audience, it's not all that surprising that Nintendo's best sellers on the handheld have remained unchanged. Sadly, the total sales for Wii and Wii U games have not been updated this time around despite being included in the last quarter's updates.
Do you own many of these best-selling 3DS games? Let us know your favourites in the comments.
which reminds me of the fact that the 3ds eshop and ui are so much better than the switch's😔
I need a Tomodachi Life on the Switch!
Interesting how Pokemon is above Mario and Smash here (and there's no Zelda at all), but Let's Go is below Mario and Smash on Switch. Mario Kart is that one constant chart topper on both
It'll be interesting to see if the true Pokemon RPGs this year will end up in a similar placement as this
Across the top ten 3DS titles, they only sold 1.8m copies more in the year of 2018. (126.51 million combined, up from 124.71 million)
For the Pokémon titles in particular:
Pokémon X and Y only sold 0.03 million copies (30,000)
Pokémon Sun and Moon only sold 0.01 million copies (10,000)
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire only sold 0.04 million copies (40,000)
Though Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon sold 0.32 million copies (320,000)
The bulk of 3DS sales appear to have been Mario series, whereas Pokémon sales continue to favour the newest releases.
We've bought 10 of those game. Obviously some a couple times with having 3 kids in the house.
Sadly, this list just shows how Nintendo console owners tend to (sort of) ignore third-party games even when they're pretty solid. Let's face it, there's tons of amazing third party titles on the 3DS, and yet, this list is mostly first party as usual.
For example, NSMB 2 shouldn't even be on that list (in my opinion), so at this point people are just buying games primarily based on a long-established brand rather than the games' merit or overall quality when it comes to Nintendo. Hell, even Wii Music sold relatively well on the Wii, and that was just awful.
It's going to take many years for loyal Nintendo fans to better embrace (quality) third parties a bit more. It's already happening with the Switch, to some degree, but only time will tell.
@diablo2 this list is from Nintendo and thus contains only Nintendo published games. They cannot publish sales of third party games, that's on the respective publishers, and there's plenty of multimillion third party sellers on 3DS, off the top of my head I can think various MH games, Yokai Watch, Minecraft, etc
Its interesting how Switch’s top lineup is already close to matching with those as it’s just barely about to reach the end of its second year. A possibly cheaper mini Switch would cause some crazy stuff to happen I imagine.
@Nintendrone not exactly but u know, opinions.
@diablo2 rolls eyes.... nsmb2 was a great 2d platformer that deserves merit for being what it's meant to be and that's a game.
Pokemon Omega Ruby
Super Mario Land
Pokemon Ultra Sun
MK7 is definitely my favorite since I've always loved Mario Kart and it's in my 3DS almost all the time. I plan to get Smash and Pokemon Y, Alpha Sapphire, and Ultra Moon later.
4 Pokemon and 4 Mario games (1 is spin off).
Smash bros wasn't such a smash hit on 3ds...
From top 10 i bought 2 Pokemon games, 2 Mario games. But i also bought many more games (2x Zelda, Persona Q, Resident Evil R)
Again, WTF is wrong with the Pokémon fanbase? The 3DS games were all astoundingly mediocre.
@gortsi This is only for Nintendo-only titles? Ah, that changes everything.
hoping for a tomodachi life sequel !
Nani?! No Zelda?!
I literally own half of that list, specifically one of each of the Pokemon titles (Y, OR, S, and US respectively) and Super Mario 3D Land. I've almost picked up New Leaf on more than one occasion, but I'm not sure if that's a time sink that I wanna get sucked into presently. XD
It isn't too surprising when you consider the selling power of those franchises. Plus, all of those Mario titles (particularly MK7) are or have been part of system bundles.
@diablo2 not your fault, it's that headline they use and they do it every single time
Mario Kart 7 has shipped over 1 million copies a year for the last 8 consecutive years.
Talk about consistency.
So glad to see Tomodachi Life on there! Makes me hopeful that we'll eventually get a sequel on the Switch.
Surprise! Look at all those third parties... wow!
Oh.. btw I have six games of that list.
@gortsi nope. They are platform holder. Ofcpurse they can publish the best selling games. Every game sold on their platform they claim 30%.
They know EXACTLY how much software has been sold on a platform. And they can publish that, as Apple or Google can do that with their ecosystem.
Oh lord, at much fewer system sales, the Switch is already close to these numbers.
@koekiemonster the fact that they know doesn't mean they can. Do you see Sony reporting how many copies RDR sold? Or Microsoft reporting COD sales? As for mobile sales, they report downloads, not sales, and unless the game was not free to play it is again impossible to approximate how much it really sold
@koekiemonster These are for investors, not for gamers. What is the typical investor going to be more interested in a game that Nintendo only made some of the money or where they made all of the money?
@diablo2 I think third parties probably would sell better on Nintendo...if the third parties mass marketed their games for Nintendo systems.
Simply releasing a game for a Nintendo system and having a trailer on youtube is never going to get the same results as say havng the game advertised on the side of buses, billboard, TV adverts,etc.
A good example would be Dragon Quest, two of the series best selling entries are IX and XI. Dragon Quest IX Square Enix didn't want to publish in the west, Nintendo had to translate, publish and run ad campaigns for SE's game. Dragon Quest XI, Square Enix translated, published and advertised it themselves even in the west for PS4...and seemingly a Switch verion is coming but we've not heard much about it other than it is coming(we don't even know if it's going to get a western release on Switch).
If there is a Switch version of DQXI in west will it do well given SE is making it very hard to know whether it's even going to release?
Why is nobody buying sushi striker for 3ds? It's a great puzzler! EDIT didn't realise this was a Nintendo only list...
No surprise. All great games even if they aren't new.
They updated DS/Wii/Wii U in April as they're only doing yearly updates, and likely April is the final quarterly update for 3DS as its pathetic sales for the year don't warrant wasting time updating them, so they'll probably be updated on a yearly basis as well.
@Jango296 Nintendo reported the sales tanked. They nearly halved its sales estimates as it's down like 65% year-on-year. The 3DS is dead, and Nintendo knows it, but they won't say it so owners continue using it.
@Bolt_Strike How exactly are the 3DS Pokemon games mediocre? They did pretty well before the Switch came around.
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