New Super Mario Bros. 2 sells 240K in first week

Nintendo reveals US sales statistics for new 3DS platformer; Kingdom Hearts 3D notches 180,000; 3DS software increased 68 percent in August, hardware up 36 percent.

Mario's latest outing on the 3DS launched to a hot start in the United States. Nintendo has announced that its new portable platformer New Super Mario Bros. 2 sold 240,000 copies during the NPD's August reporting period (July 29-August 25). The game launched on August 19, meaning it reached nearly a quarter million in sales in six days.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 came out of the gate running.

Nintendo also trumpeted sales of another 3DS game, Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. The Mario maker said the game has moved 180,000 units since launch on July 31.

As for total software sales during August, Nintendo reported that 3DS game sales increased by more than 68 percent over sales in July. Additionally, the company said sales of its 3DS hardware line jumped more than 36 percent over July's figures, due in part to the 3DS XL launch on August 19.

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jacksamuk
jacksamuk

Mario will always be a moneymaker for Nintendo;

Old but Gold.

Uchiha_Sasuke1
Uchiha_Sasuke1

I tried a 3ds in best buy once and it was alright. It wasn't a bad handheld device, the colors were bright and the graphics felt like it was more than the vita. I recommend getting ocarina of time for 3ds.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

a 2d mario game sold this much on the same week of a release of a new handheld?Gee who would have thought lol...

 

 

Razer361
Razer361

I think Nintendo has run out of ideas. Sorry guys, I love Nintendo, but I think they need to bring innovation to their games instead of their consoles. Mario's story has never changed, and it gets old quick! Please, Nintendo, give us new mario games with different stories that doesn't involve Peach getting kidnapped!!

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Sorry this does not have anything to do with New Super Mario Bros. 2. I just can not get a straight answer out of anyone.

 

Can anyone tell me if i was playing using the 3DS XL with an old DS game like Pokemon Pearl or something. Does it make the game get a lot of pixels and make it look sh*tty?

 

I ask this becasue i am thinking about upgrading from a DSi and i need to know if the old DS games still look okay or are they really bad. I dont really intend on using the 3D function on the 3DS XL but i would like an upgrade to be able to play the newer games on 3DS as well as enjoy the old DS games still.

 

Please anyone playing old DS games on their new 3DS XL let me know.

 

zmbi_gmr
zmbi_gmr

I'm a sucker for Mario. I bought the 3DSXL for this and Mario 3D Land. Haven't played NSMB2 yet, but Mario 3D Land is great! If NSMB2 is just like the first then I will be very happy. They don't need to change much to make me happy...Looks like I'm not alone.

Vaivod
Vaivod

This reminds me of what a friend told me: "I think Nintendo is running out of ideas for the Mario series. What's the next thing they will release? Cooking with Mario?".

K_to_the_itty
K_to_the_itty

Gotta love Nintendo... can't think of anything good to make any more, screw it, FALL BACK ON MARIO! Crazy how good Mario still sells.

bonnin40
bonnin40

If there's one thing I am seriously noticing, is that a lot of game developers are trying to make "oldschool/retro" games, and by trying to make them retro, it just kind comes off as gimmicky. Not saying that this game is bad, or any other games that try to be retro are bad, but its just kind of weird to see them trying to be oldschool, but just not having the same feeling as retro games.It definitely works, but it gets stale seeing them bring a lot of old staples in the series back over and over. Like, how many times are they going to bring back the Tanooki suit in Mario, or bring back Metal Sonic in the Sonic games. It just gets really stale. In my opinion anyways.

csward
csward

Yeah I bought it. It's not very good though, almost a copy/paste of the original game. It's not for Mario vets, sadly.

Eezyville
Eezyville

Nintendo out here killin em. You have to respect this developer.

Ciscod1
Ciscod1

Even with great sales, Eddie,once again adds a negative ... The lower than average review of NSMB2 by gamepot ( also pretty anti ninendo )... Go figure ... We need a good source for no biased reviews and news for all the patforms... It iscertainly not gamestop ...

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

The review was quite odd.  New SMB2 looks exactly like what the fans want.  Whenever N changes the formula, reviewers blast N for changing it, yet here he's complaining it hasn't changed much.

 

Man, N can't win - they're dammed if they do and dammed if they don't.

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

Is so sad every time I read comment people's are always complaining on everything just don't buy it who care if you don't like it why comment and waste your time..if Mario is not the same no more who care is Mario just don't buy it you think Nintendo going to cry hell noooo they still going to make there money and they going to take my money cause I love Mario games..

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

NSMB 2 is a fun game, simply put :) 

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Mario after 25 years, or 27 years now. Seems to still have plenty of appeal. Keeping in mind that many people were not even alive for Mario's first adventures. So while 27 years seems like a long time. To most of marios audience New Super Mario brothers is a "new" concept. Amost a quater of a million games sold in a week is impressive for the 3DS. The Big N still knows what it is doing after all this time.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Bought it, played it, enjoyed it moderately, but I was a little disappointed in it. It was a little too easy (like the first NSMB), was short (beat it in 4 days in short play sessions), and the reward for getting 1000000 coins isn't worth it, in my opinion.

 

Hopefully NSMBU will be better, since NSMB Wii was so much fun. Especially if you play with 3 other buddies...oh the stories I can tell about that game...

 

soulless4now
soulless4now

Expected as much since it's Mario after all. 

PStrife
PStrife

Still waiting for those digital sales from NSMB 2.  Iwata is taking his sweet time on those estimates.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Why should Nintendo create original Mario games any more? After all, those are pretty good sales of what is essentially a copy of NSMB and NSMBWii. I respect what they've done as a business, but this game is a very good example of how Nintendo have lost their creative spark. It's a real shame. 

SuperSandwich5
SuperSandwich5

 @GH05T-666 I recently traded in for a 3DSXL and from what I can tell it's fine. Haven't played my Pokemon on it yet but gba games (which I think are more pixilated) look fine.

Definitely worth the extra $30 imo.

Razer361
Razer361

 @GH05T-666 I don't personally own a 3DS, but my sister does, and the DS games look just fine on it, a little better, actually. As for the XL, I can't see why DS games would look any worse on it than they did on DSi XL, though that's my opinion, and not something I've witnessed for myself. But note that your DS games may appear crappy looking to you after playing countless hours of Resident Evil and MGS 3. I hope I helped a little bit, anyway. 

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @bonnin40 Seriously, read the feature in the link I posted. It raises every valid point you made. It's a good read.

Ciscod1
Ciscod1

@YoshMasterGF I bought my copy as a download... Since I would Never sell my mario or zelda games anyways, and it is one less cart to carry around !!!

Ciscod1
Ciscod1

The end should have said... It is certainly not gamespot !!!

csward
csward

 @Sevenizz The thing is they didn't really change much. It feels so 8-bit/16-bit and a rehash of NSMB 1. Give me something challenging novel Nintendo!

Hypermug
Hypermug

I didn't know Mario fans wanted a game that seems to lack originality (as compared to its predecessors) and looks nearly identical to the previous 2 games before it. Then again, I don't belong to the new generation of gamers.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @kavadias1981 

This game is meant to appeal to those who simply love 2D Mario games and yes it's really not meant to be the innovative Mario titles we constantly expect, that's the 3D Mario games (think about those and tell me again that they lost their creative spark). This is just one of MANY franchises they have and the others that they've kept alive and fresh. 

YoshMasterGF
YoshMasterGF

 @Hypermug Wouldn't that be the opposite?? I mean oldschool gamer should prefer this kind of Mario since it IS oldschool...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @abHS4L88 Quite right, it is supposed to appeal to that group and I don't believe Nintendo intended for it to be an innovative new Mario game either. But what does that say about Nintendo? That they see their fans as loyal sheep who will purchase anything they put out? As I said previously, I respect them for that as a business, since it guarantees sales, but I also see it as an example of Nintendo's lack of passion for creativity.

 

As for the 3D games, SMG was the last truly original Mario game. SMG2 was pretty much a cut and paste job and 3D Land didn't do anything original at all. 

 

I'm not saying that they aren't very good games, they are! They just don't feel fresh to me any more due to their overall lack of originality. That is why I just don't have the kind of respect for Nintendo which I once had. A company which for many years set the template for new ideas.  

csward
csward

 @YoshMasterGF  @Hypermug No, it's boring and easy. The worst part is their is one music track and it sucks. Music was such a huge part of Mario games and Japanese games in general imo.

YoshMasterGF
YoshMasterGF

 @Hypermug Oh well I do agree with that!! It is too much like the first one. I think they should at least go to Mario World "complexity".. it was still very basic in a way but there were so much more to do with all the exits and juste enough power-ups etc..

Hypermug
Hypermug

 @YoshMasterGF Don't get me wrong my friend. This IS a good game. There is no denying that. However, when I played SMB 1, then 2, 3, then World and World 2, each experience was different yet still great. NSMB 2 just felt the same as NSMB to me, and the fact that it looks/sounds almost the same as well doesn't help its case. I believe this is what most people have a problem with.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @harold317 Well, Nintendo have been a part of my gaming life for 20 years, plus during the majority of that time they have wowed gamers all over the world, including myself, but that seems to have changed. So why shouldn't I be passionate about what they do?

 

Besides, you don't really have a right to criticise me personally, as you did in your opening sentence. So it is clear that you are trying to steer this conversation in an ugly direction. So I am going to make this my final comment. But before I go, you might want to consider you own feelings regarding this matter. After all, your aggressive, unbalanced defence of Nintendo indicates that it is somewhat hypocritical to criticise me for being "ridiculously passionate about the subject". As I said, something to think about. Good day to you.   

harold317
harold317

I think you're being ridiculously passionate over the subject, but whatever. Just because Nintendo has a money-printing machine with the NSMB franchise doesn't mean they are suddenly losing their creativity, at all. See Sony's Smash Bros rip-off? Now THAT'S something to be worried about. The day Nintendo flat out steals ideas from other developers, is the day you can write pages-long speeches about how Nintendo is losing their creativity. As long as they are the ones being imitated, everything's ok in Mushroom Kingdom.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @harold317 No, I didn't ignore it. I just felt that it was best to focus the conversation.

 

Now as I say this, remember that it is just my own opinion, but I didn't buy 3D due to my ongoing complaint about a lack of originality. After trying the game out and reading and watching reviews, I didn't find anything about it appealing. In many ways it felt like a poor man's Mario Galaxy. It just didn't feel "brand new and completely original". Not in the slightest. But to your next point.

 

In business, yes it makes sense to stick to a winning formula and as I have said many times now, I respect that Nintendo is doing that. But as I already said previously, it seems a little contradictory for a company which has prided itself on originality and creativity, to stick to a routine formula which quite frankly, many people, yourself included, have admitted not being too happy about.

 

Finally, yes the more original and creative Mario games ARE years apart, but if you look at the NSMB games, they too are years apart so Nintendo doesn't really have the excuse of a small development window being their reason for not making the effort.

 

Despite typing all of that, I get the impression that we aren't going to find a common ground here. Shall we just agree to disagree?    

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @abHS4L88 I hope so too. Wii U should hopefully allow Nintendo to really stretch its creative legs. Fingers crossed. 

harold317
harold317

 @kavadias1981  @abHS4L88 I love how you completely ignored the fact that Nintendo made the BRAND NEW, COMPLETELY ORIGINAL SUPER MARIO LAND 3D before releasing this other NSMB2. Just because they made this one for the fans of 2D Mario doesn't mean that they will get lazy and stop doing creative things with Mario. I'm not too happy with how little they change the formula with each of these NSMB games, but I know that when I play them they are pretty much perfect. You don't mess too much with a formula when you get it right. The more original and creative Mario titles tend to be years apart, as a Nintendo loyalist you should know that by now.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @kavadias1981  

Nah, I didn't feel offended, I just wanted to point out why I felt Mario Galaxy 2 was in no way a cut and paste job. 

 

Mario is but one franchise of Nintendo so yes, while it is the biggest franchise of the company, it's not necessarily where all of Nintendo's creative prowess is displayed.

 

I am hoping that the Wii U gives Nintendo the freedom to pretty much do what they want and be able to take more risks with their franchises. 

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @harold317  @abHS4L88 You sound just like me when I was defending Wii U a few months ago. I too used to say "Just don't buy it if you don't like it". But the responses I received made perfect sense. 

 

Nintendo has been a part of gaming for the majority of many gamer's lives. The reality is is that these people, including myself, DO care. There are those who defend them and those who criticize but in the end we all care.

 

We all play other games of course, but Mario games are as anticipated as any other favourite series. And to then be greeted by, what appears to be, an overall lack of passion from its creators for the series, is disappointing for some fans.

 

Now yes, they are intended to be similar. I don't doubt that this was a conscious decision by Nintendo; and from a business stand point they have done very well by achieving strong sales with minimum effort. This is something I praised them for in my initial post. But as I said in said post they just seem to have lost their creative spark, which is a shame for a company which once criticised the industry for becoming stale, prior to the release of the Wii. 

harold317
harold317

 @kavadias1981  @abHS4L88 Why do you care so much? It's not like it's the only series out there, if you have had enough Mario...maybe it's time to explore new series/games. They still made the original SM3D Land before going with another 2D Mario, people honestly make too much of a big deal out of NSMB's being too similar one to each other. It's meant to be that way! I have no plans to pick this or the WiiU version anytime soon, but I do plan to own a 3DS and a WiiU in the future and I know I'll be picking up these games sooner or later.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @harold317  @abHS4L88 Ok, look at it this way. Nintendo put out one 2D Mario on each console... so why has each one since NSMB been almost identical? There was nothing identical about Mario platformers prior to the "new" series, so what has changed at Nintendo? Why the sudden reluctance to make each one original? It is THAT which I complaining about.

 

Oh and as you say, I don't like it, so I won't buy it. Which is unusual for me since I have bought every other Mario platformer prior to and including NSMB due to their quality AND originality. Again, I present the question; what has changed at Nintendo?  

harold317
harold317

 @kavadias1981  @abHS4L88 Just don't buy it if you don't like it, jeez. Nintendo knows they have an audience for classic 2D Mario games, so they put at least one classic 2D Mario game on each of their new consoles since the DS. If CoD can get away with selling 5 or 6 CoDs on a SINGLE generation, of course Nintendo can sell at least -ONE- new 2D Mario for their latest console.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

 @kavadias1981    I agree with you that Mario games don't really feel original or creative anymore. At least since Mario Galaxy and NSMB Wii. Hopefully the Wii U Mario game (not NSMB U) will be fresh and innovative, like what Mario 64 was.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @abHS4L88  @thetravman @moviequest14 Hi guys. It looks like this is yet another clashing of opinions. Nothing wrong with that. As long as there are those who are happy with Mario games as they are, I see this as good news for Nintendo as a business. However, you know my opinion and I am not really happy with the direction Nintendo seems to be taking, and I know that I am not on my own in thinking that, but I respect that you feel differently.

 

As for my opinion regarding the 3D Mario games since Galaxy 1, I can only go by what I felt whilst playing them. I'm sorry if it offends you that I felt Galaxy 2 was a cut and paste job but I stand by my opinion. As I said, recognise that they are all very good games, but I, personally don't find them terribly original or creative any more.  

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @thetravman  

Very well said, also take note that Iwata did say that this will be the only 2D Mario platformer to appear the 3DS (same with the Wii U) as there were only 1 on both the Wii and DS. Even if they do change their minds, it probably won't be for another 3-4 years so I really honestly can't see how something is a cash-grab when they release 2D Mario games so infrequently, especially compared to before.

thetravman
thetravman

 @kavadias1981  @abHS4L88

NSMB brought back classic gameplay and implemented a refreshing new template. NSMB Wii added multiplayer and new powerups which is enough to feel fresh all over again. Galaxy is wonderful and Galaxy 2 is what a sequel should be with a huge dose of imagination. Copy and paste job? That's outright insulting. 3D Land is the first of its kind, combining 2D and 3D elements. Those are the most recent games which still proves Nintendo still has their creative touch.

 

Although I will admit that NSMB2 is unoriginal. It is the first Mario game I've played that is that lacks anything creative that hasn't been done in previous games. It's the only game I've felt that it was a cash-grab but I won't hold it against NIntendo and blindly state "Nintendo lost their touch"  unless there is a long streak of lackluster quality games like Sonic's rough years. With that said, NSMB2 is still a ridiculously fun game.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @moviequest14 

I agree but as far as 2D Mario goes, I wish I could think of how to innovate the series but I honestly can't think of any ways to push it forward, especially since it was pretty much perfect the first time around. Rayman on the other hand was awesome back then but greatly benefited from this generation to allow for much faster and crazier platforming. Plus that series was dormant for a while so that also helped it out in its glorious return.

 

I do hope Nintendo does figure out how to move the 2D Mario games forward because the last innovation we saw with it was multiplayer. I'd be down for a new version of Super Mario 2 (Doki Doki Panic) especially since Mario has more characters to play off of now. That was something I always loved about Sonic (especially Adventure) playing with different characters to add variety to the gameplay. 

moviequest14
moviequest14

 @abHS4L88  I have to disagree with you here , it is possible to be innovative and fresh while still giving people ''classic 2d gameplay'' , games like Rayman Origins showed that. It's fine if they want to stick to 2d gameplay but they shouldn't hide behind the fact it's ''classic'' or ''nostalgia'' to get by without any major changes or improvements. NSMB2 looks and plays just like all of the others , there is the coin collecting feature yes , but that seems more like just what should be a bonus feature to another campaign. Where are entirely new worlds that play differently? It's just getting out of hand imo , NSMB was great , but then they took that , added pretty much nothing different and are pumping out  ''nsmb'' as much as possible. And now they're expecting it to carry it's weight as a ''hype'' 1st party title to sell Wii-u when it just isn't .When you think about it that's the exact same logic used to defend CoD ''Classic multiplayer fun that people want more and more of'' I just can't help but see nsmb going down a very similar path.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @kavadias1981 

No, what I see is a company basically giving consumers what they want. Granted their classics are still super fun, but I'm pretty sure many also crave for newer versions. 

 

SMG2 was in no way cut and paste, Nintendo recognized that SMG had a lot of untapped potential so it was a great move by Nintendo to create a sequel and the fact that that sequel did not in anyway take away from how amazing SMG was also a testament to Nintendo's creativity. 

 

Well the Wii U is looking like the perfect platform for Nintendo to really go nuts with their games since there really aren't any hardware limitations for them now. We've already heard rumors about the development of the next Zelda and I can only imagine how the next 3D Mario will be on the Wii U.