As regular readers of the site will have already seen, Super Mario 3D All-Stars got off to a cracking start in the UK, jumping straight in at number one in its debut week. As it turns out, the game's early success was even bigger than we first thought.
As reported by ReedPop's Christopher Dring, who has been sharing GfK chart data on social media, 3D All-Stars has actually just enjoyed the third-biggest launch of any game in the UK this year. Only The Last of Us Part II and Animal Crossing: New Horizons enjoyed bigger launches – two of the most hotly anticipated titles of the year.
It gets better still, though, as Dring also reveals that Super Mario 3D All-Stars was Nintendo's 15th biggest game launch of all time in the UK, being the second biggest Mario platformer. The biggest launch for any Mario platformer was Super Mario Odyssey in 2017, which currently stands as Nintendo's 14th biggest launch in the country.
Its impressive debut also means that 3D All-Stars has had the fifth most successful launch of any Switch game in the region, only sitting behind the aforementioned Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Super Mario Odyssey, as well as Pokémon Sword and Shield and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Did you buy a copy of Super Mario 3D All-Stars? Have you voted in our launch day poll, which also explores how the game's limited availability has impacted your decision to buy? Let us know in the comments.
That sounds about right! I've been loving playing through these games!
And its the one they've put the least effort into
Ay, Let's go!
I still waiting for the U.S. charts to show up.
It’s-a me, lazy collection that me and everybody else bought because we’re suckers!
So much whining about this game. It’s not perfect but it’s three lengthy titles for the price of one and will tide us over until the next big Switch game- possibly Age of Calamity.
The Crash Trilogy had the same effect, we love reliving our childhoods here in the UK...and at full price!
@nessisonett The lazy collection bought itself?
The collection's lazy, but the games are iconic. And people are attracted to the hassle-free (and legal) nature of this Switch edition.
Also, not everyone's reliving their childhoods. Some people never played any of these games. Like me.
Great games sell well, who'd have thought it. I'm not the least bit surprised by this news and always expected this to sell very well, a package of 3 of the best 3d platformers ever made
Given how much bigger the install base is now compared with October 2017, coming second to Mario Odyssey doesn’t suggest everybody has snapped it up.
I did, though. Stupid FOMO tactics got me good.
What were the other bigger launches?
What other big launches have happened in this year? Especially in regards to Nintendo, yes Animal Kingdom but what else??
@impurekind It says in the article. The Last of Us II & Animal Crossing New Horizons.
@Markiemania95 Mario does not a-know how to use correct grammar.
That's what happens when everyone buys two or more copies 🤣
Well deserved. Even if they put sod-all effort into it, it's so fun to play these games on the Switch. Now we just need Galaxy 2 please.
Since 2020 has no big games for Nintendo, this isn't surprising.
Animal Crossing was pretty big (unless you mean the rest of 2020).
Love each and every game and I am actually happy I get to play them as they were originally intended.
3 games for £50. That's a very good deal in my opinion.
To be fair - Galaxy is the second or third best platformer ever made (certainly after Galaxy 2 and maybe after 3D World) and it didn't sell especially well first time around. Playing it on Switch there are a few giveaways that it's a 13 year old Wii game... but you could easily pass it off as something brand new.
Mario 64 and Sunshine in the package just makes it look very better value. Especially with the strange cult following that the once inaccessible Sunshine has projecting over the internet the idea that it's somehow a top tier classic.
Bought it and I’m really, really enjoying it. I’ve only played Super Mario 64 so far, a game I first played via the Wii U Virtual Console... for some reason I really didn’t enjoy it, not even beating the first encounter with Bowser. It has really clicked with me now though and I’m finding a newfound appreciation for it, finally understanding why it’s held in such high regard... after all these years!
@StevenG Animal Crossing New Horizons has sold upwards of 23 MILLION copies in just 6 months. Im fairly sure that would classify as a BIG game.
@JDB1992 Sorry, I forgot it that kind of thing is just not for me.
To me a big game would be metroid or something new mario.
I bought mine, but I'm still waiting galaxy 2 aaaaand odyssey 2!! where they are??
My copy is still sealed.
I'm patiently awaiting the limited release window to finish to make up my mind if I should sell it or keep it.
I don’t feel short changed by this game at all. They’re the games I enjoyed back in the day with a bit of HD sheen.
@StevenG Yeah i get where your coming from, its crazy how popular AC has become this year. It could potentially end up being the best selling Switch game of all time, i dont think anyone would have predicted that before it came out.
@JDB1992 Yeah, it’s literally JUST behind Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Yeah Nintendo kinda has to add additional content to this in the form of DLC. Galaxy 2 obviously and if Nintendo is on some weird kind of drugs, 3D Land.
Mario 3D All-Stars looks to have the biggest launch of any 3D Mario platformer in the UK once digital sales are accounted for.
I wonder what the top 15 game launches of all time are in the UK? Does anyone have a list?
Still pretty impressive, all things considered.
I'm proud of myself for not caving into buying this waste of money because it's only "available" for a limited time.
I know a great many disagree, but I just can't quite justify this as a full-priced title. They're great games, yes, but I don't think they're priced competitively compared to other rereleases of decade-old titles. I'd snap them up in a sale but it doesn't look like that will ever happen.
@LaVelle You are right.
These aren't even ports, they are running in an emulator.
@Tyranexx Yes. Here it is:
1. Fifa 20
2. Fifa 19
3. Fifa 18
4. Fifa 17
5. Fifa 16
6. Fifa 15
7. Fifa 14
8. Fifa 13
9. Fifa 12
10. Fifa 11
11. Fifa 10
12. Fifa 09
13. Fifa 08
14. Fifa 07
15. Fifa 06
I didn't enjoy Mario 64 much because of the butchered controls (I've started a new game on my real N64 and it's as good as it's always been) but I'm really enjoying Galaxy in the collection. I might go back to Sunshine later after I've calmed down.
I didn't get into Galaxy 1 on the Wii (I think it was the unskippable cut scenes) but I did play Galaxy 2 loads and loved it so it's fun finally getting into the original. Replacing the waggle with a button is a big improvement too!
@personauser93 OK, we get it, you think it’s a waste of money. Personally, I’d have bought it regardless of it being a limited release or not, as I don’t actually own any of the games included (they were my brother’s, but we both moved out years ago), and for £40 (the price I paid), that’s not only cheaper than buying them all separately in this day and age, but absolutely worth having them all on a hybrid system in (mostly) HD.
No surprise that it has amazing sales. I just finished my way through 64, and started on Sunshine. Great to be able to play these games again after so many years! I didnt even remember a few levels at all in 64 so it was partially like playing through a new game. I dont remember anything specific about Sunshine so this will be like almost playing through a brand new game! Cant wait to get to Galaxy either, I only wish they hadn't strangely left out Galaxy 2. Nintendo better release that on the eshop.
I didn't buy it. I love these games but already played them a bunch and am saving my pennies for Pikmin3 Deluxe.
@StuTwo Oh come now, that can't be the entire list....
You forgot GTA V.
If Nintendo didn't discontinue Mario 3D All-Stars by March 2021, it could easily outsell every other 3D Mario platformer.
Now it will probably have to settle with outselling all the 3D Mario platformers outside of Mario Odyssey.
No effort. Full price. Still sells.
No wonder Nintendo are content to just milk their back-catalogue.
@Markiemania95 I meant all 15 or whatever.
To think the the 3rd biggest launch in the UK this year was revealed 15 days before it released.
@RPGamer Most people have no idea this limited stuff exists.
Typical salt on here every time a Switch exclusive does well. 😅
Not surprised by the success, for obvious reasons. I imagine digital sales are great too.
@Bunkerneath Clubhouse games, that's going to be a sleeper hit selling globally for the rest of the Switch's life. And people bitched about it, but Paper Mario was actually a really good game if you took the time to play it, and though it's not for everybody, Brain Age is one of those games that people buy Nintendo's for. Plus of course Animal Crossing and Mario 3d All Stars, and Mario 35 coming soon and then Pikmin 3 after that and I think it's been a pretty good year.
I've been having a ton of fun with the collection.
@KryptoniteKrunch it hit number one on the eShop on preorders alone... it has been there ever since! Bought mine physically and I’m loving it 😊
@Mdhoover Exactly. It’s troubling that they’re getting rewarded for such a sloppy effort.
I bought 3 god damm copies
@StuTwo sunshine has always been a classic. Im finding it much better than galaxy. Galaxy is good. But to me sunshine is amazing
@Incoherent1 its puzzling that people are calling out nintendo for a sloppy effort... yet the games a still amazing.. move on. They new exactly what they are doing.
@RPGamer yes. Nintendo showing how smart they are... are how childish alot of gamers are
Here i thought alot people didn't like how lazy it was 😉. Glad its doing well, I'm loving it.
@KnightsTemplar Just because something sells well, doesn’t make it amazing. Look, I’m a huge Mario fan — these are amazing games, but this isn’t an amazing product. It’s a lazy, sloppy product. They took some old ROMs and dumped them all into a cartridge.
I’m not saying Nintendo shouldn’t sell old games, just that they should be serving fans, not soaking them for more money. Wouldn’t you much rather have the same collection of games remastered with better visuals, all in widescreen, and with better basic controls like a fixed camera in M64? I would, and I don’t see how that opinion is anything but good for fans.
@Incoherent1 you put the effort in.. and made a fair point. Completely understand you side now.
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