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:
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.