Super Mario 3D World Sells Poorly in Japan…

November 28th, 2013 by Nin3DS3 comments so far

To the point in which the game is currently the lowest selling 3D Mario game in the entire series, even to the point of doing worse than Super Mario 64 DS (a remake).  Indeed, in the launch week, the game has merely sold 106,000 copies compared to the two or three times that which every other 3D Mario title has sold.

You can find the stats in the full article…

Here are the week one sales stats of the other 3D Mario games:

  1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 – 337,569 (1,032,853 total)
  2. Super Mario 3D Land – 344,698 (1,861,023 total)
  3. Super Mario Sunshine – 280,610 (789,989 total)
  4. Super Mario Galaxy – 256,341 (1,025,664 total)
  5. Super Mario 64* – 162,113 (1,639,914 total)
  6. Super Mario 64 DS* – 120,062 (1,231,535 total)
  7. Super Mario 3D World – 106,967

And so with those figures listed, you’re probably wondering what this all means for the series.  Whether the game really is doing poorly compared to others.  Etc.  My thoughts?

I’m not sure.  On the one hand, given that 3D World is a home console title being released in a country where the home console has basically died out (aka Japan), there’s always the chance that the North American and European sales for the game might be a bit higher and that this could just be one region not being interested in the type of system it’s on.  And obviously, the Wii U’s sales are a bit low at the moment, so perhaps that has something to do with it…

But then I have to consider that it’s literally being outsold by both a remake on a console that was struggling when said remake was released, and by the worst selling 3D Mario game of all time (Super Mario 64 DS and Super Mario Sunshine respectively).   That’s not exactly a good sign.

Nor is the fact that 3D World is Nintendo’s big system seller, it’s meant to cause Wii Us to start flying off shelves and kickstart a failing system’s momentum. Which from the figures posted, it doesn’t seem to be doing.

All in all, Nintendo might have to start rethinking things pretty soon, since with even Mario 3D World selling rather poorly, the Wii U could be destined to failure.



Have Your Say!

  • Cole Holbrook

    I don’t see the Wii U doing very well…. Ever. But I hope Nintendo sticks with it because I would really like to get a full amount of first party games from this system. Pikmin 3 was amazing and and I really liked Mario/Luigi U. Not to mention Sonic Racing is one of my favorite games. Miiverse is very good as well. It’s a shame… And I am still looking forward to 3D world, Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, X, and Smash. I do think it will be profitable next year but similar to GameCube.

  • Joe (ジョー)

    I think Japan’s 3D World sales are slowly increasing. Yesterday, I saw an article that said 3D World sold 99,500 units. On the same day, I saw another article that said that it was around 106k.

    It COULD mean something…

  • Ashley

    It may not just be the Wii U, it may be brand fatigue when it comes to Mario. Nintendo has been shoving Mario down gamers’ throats for years. To be honest, I’m actually sick of just Mario games, but not the Mario universe because I loved Luigi’s Mansion and I do like Mario and Luigi: Dream Team. I think we should wait until after the holidays to worry about Super Mario 3D World’s sales, if they are bad after that, then we can worry.