Ahead of the NPD sales data coming later today, Nintendo revealed some of the milestones for their top-performing games last month in the US.
Mario Kart 8 leads the fray with 1 million copies sold. Nintendo notes in a press release that it's "the second Wii U game to cross that milestone, along with New Super Mario Bros. U (1.69 million)." Nintendo reported late last month that global sales for Mario Kart 8 have already surpassed 2.82 million.
And that success has translated into momentum for the Wii U as well. Nintendo writes that, "Through the first seven months of 2014, total sales of Wii U hardware and software have increased by nearly 60 percent and more than 135 percent, respectively, over the same period in 2013."
We don't have specific hardware numbers on Nintendo's consoles, but Nintendo isn't shy about the 3DS software numbers. The portable platform is at 40 million games sold. Updated sales totals for games that have sold over 1 million copies according to Nintendo are:
- Mario Kart 7: 3.48 million
- Super Mario 3D Land: 3.09 million
- New Super Mario Bros. 2: 2.28 million
- Pokemon X: 2.10 million
- Pokemon Y: 2.01 million
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D: 1.39 million
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf: 1.36 million
- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon: 1.33 million
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: 1.09 million
Nintendo added, "Four of the 10 best-selling software SKUs for July are exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS," including:
- Tomodachi Life at number 5 (and more than 85,000 games sold)
- Pokemon Y at number 8
- Pokemon X at number 9
- Mario Kart 7 at number 10
Note that these titles won't necessarily show up in the overall NPD list coming out later today, since those numbers reflect total sales across every platform a game is available on. Nintendo's ranking breaks the numbers down to an individual SKU basis (meaning the game's release on a single platform).
With Super Smash Bros., The Legend of Zelda Hyrule Warriors, and a whole slate of Amiibo figurines still coming before the end of the year, it'll be exciting to see how much Nintendo grows after the rockiness of last year. But what are you most looking forward to from Nintendo? Let us know in the comments below.
And for more NPD sales data, you can read the list of top 10 US game sales in July right here.
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