Super Mario 3D Land sells 5 million, Skyward Sword 3.4 million

Nintendo's April-December sales recap reveals Mario Kart 7 sold 4.54 million, 3DS logs 3 million-unit sellers; Mario Kart Wii tops 30 million lifetime-to-date.

Nintendo may have failed to hit its sales expectations for the 3DS, but the device isn't without its success stories. As part of Nintendo's postearnings information dump, the publisher revealed three first-party games that easily topped the million-unit sales milestone.

Skyward Sword was the Wii's third-best-selling game from April-December.

Super Mario 3D Land topped the 3DS's sales charts through December, selling 5.03 million units worldwide. The portly plumber's latest outing arrived to a solid critical reception in November. December's Mario Kart 7 posted a close second with 4.54 million units sold, while June's The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D sold 2.49 million units.

On the Wii, Nintendo saw a strong performance from Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Launched in late November, Link's latest action adventure sold 3.42 million units through December. That figure was good enough for a third-place finish on the Wii chart, behind Mario Kart Wii (4.91 million) and New Super Mario Bros. Wii (3.53 million).

Turning to the DS, Pokemon White/Black continued to put in solid numbers, topping the handheld's chart with a combined 2.91 million units sold. New Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart DS followed, with 1.87 million units and 1.26 million units sold, respectively.

A full list of Nintendo's million-unit sellers for the April-December period, as well as those games' lifetime-to-date tallies, can be found below.

3DS
Title / 2011 sales/ LTD sales
Super Mario 3D Land / 5.03 million / 5.03 million
Mario Kart 7 / 4.54 million / 4.54 million
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D / 2.49 million / 2.49 million

Wii
Title / 2011 sales/ LTD sales
Mario Kart Wii / 4.91 million / 31.91 million
New Super Mario Bros. Wii / 3.53 million / 25.47 million
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword / 3.42 million / 3.42 million
Wii Sports / 2.4 million / 79.16 million
Wii Sports Resort / 2.19 million / 29.87 million
Wii Party / 1.91 million / 7.68 million
Wii Fit Plus / 1.75 million / 20.24 million
Kirby's Return to Dream Land / 1.21 million / 1.21 million
Wii Play: Motion / 1.12 million / 1.12 million
Super Mario Galaxy / 1.09 million / 10.4 million

DS family
Title / 2011 sales/ LTD sales
Pokemon Black & White / 2.91 million / 14.42 million
New Super Mario Bros. / 1.87 million / 28.74 million
Mario Kart DS / 1.26 million / 22.30 million
*Professor Layton and the Last Specter / 1.19 million / 1.19 million
Kirby Mass Attack / 1.01 million / 1.01 million

*Sales figures do not include Japan.

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Discussion

48 comments
ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Not a Nintendo fan,  but I have to give them props.   Their first party titles sell the best over long periods of time.   Amazing Marioo Kart Wii sold that many copies.

inso-maniac
inso-maniac

i didnt like how short the levels were or how easy 90% of the game was. DOESNT MATTER THO! hopefully nintendo makes a mario game with an in depth level editor would be aweosme with online sharing that would be BAOS!

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@yoyou225 They need to make a gold dollar with Mario on one side,and Luigi,Yoshi,or Peach on the other.

yoyou225
yoyou225

Well, looks like Mario still prints money. As he should.

da_chub
da_chub

So much hate towards such a great game. Zelda story hasnt changed for years because all that matters is its good vs evil. SS was a major step in how we play a video game, not to mention it was a great zelda game. i wish i could get SS controls on every other 3d zelda game.

xxxchris
xxxchris

I enjoyed Skyward Sword. Alot actually; much more linear, but no less fun and intriguing story wise. Although I can easily see your faults with the game.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

I know I'm somewhere in that 3.4 million! lol!

gc88
gc88

Skyward Snore

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

And keep in mind, I was happy about the sales, I just remember a lot of people saying they weren't going to buy Nintendo's stuff anymore after when NoA said they have no plans of localizing those games.

Superzone
Superzone

I'm proud to say I contributed to the Mario Kart 7 and Mario 3D Land sales, but I am absolutely embarrassed to say that I have not yet purchased Skyward Sword. I need to get that very soon.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Good grief! Those Mario titles are like having a money printing press! I understand what they mean by "evergreen" now.

ar6ra6sh9
ar6ra6sh9

WOW!!!! nintendo really rocked the show!!!

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Quick, everyone donate $1 to my Paypal acct. so I can get this game!!! lol I wish. Christmas broke me but I do want to get Skyward Swords bad! Maybe in the next few weeks.

Halloll
Halloll

Skyward sword, my personal game of the year.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

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renji4eva
renji4eva

What mario sells well?! What a shocker![saracasm]

franzito
franzito

Zelda and Mario ALWAYS sell good when it comes to tradition. I mean, as long as Mario keeps up with side scrolling and Link saves Zelda, there's nothing to go wrong with.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@MachShot Thats funny because screwattack took a survey for best games released in 2011 and (Skyrim) was second wanna bet which one was first.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Hmm. Skyward Sword sold better than I thought. I thought it was going to fail after the boycott that was called once Nintendo stated they had no plans of localizing Xenoblade (which IS coming out in April), Last Story, and Pandora's Tower to the US.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Skyward Sword was great fun, keep the greatness coming Nintendo

dxBIGBOSSxb
dxBIGBOSSxb

I'm not a Zelda fan, but hey. Good job guys. I may prefer Skyrim, but my best friend Drew loves Zelda games with a passion and good sales is good news for him. I'd rather see him happy than debate which is a better game.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

I wonder why SMG sold more than SMG2...though maybe it's because it's cheaper.And good to know that I'm one of the millions who bought all SM3DL,MK7,Skyward Sword,MKWii and Pokemon B&W. :)

Nzilla
Nzilla

Loved to dust off my Wii and play Skyward sword. Too bad awesome hardcore games like this are few and far between these days. Expecting this to be the last Wii title I buy (before Wii U comes out)

moviequest14
moviequest14

@MachShot : Thank you kindly..I was wondering when the Skyrim trolling comment would come up!

moviequest14
moviequest14

I suppose now would be a good time to boast about how Mario and Zelda are dead?

Flint247
Flint247

Go Nintendo. :D Take note, other companies!

Sniper-Gamer
Sniper-Gamer

I expected Skyward Sword to do better than that. I think the problem with Skyward Sword is because it is on the Wii. Not many core gamers play the Wii if they own one at all. I do and I'm loving Skyward Sword but it's sad to see the core gamers leave Nintendo. Will love to see the Wii U bring gamers back. And of course Mario does great again. Accessible and fun, the series has and always will be amazing.

BloodMist
BloodMist

@Dumachum Thankfully not everyone in the world is as massively narrow minded as others.Not saying who.But honestly, Mario Kart isn't a real game?Shows your general ignorance.

barren167
barren167

After (I think) four years of hype, Skyward Sword really had to have some fairly big numbers. Good to see that it did.

Dumachum
Dumachum

Who the hell is buying this stuff? It's easy to put a face on the Call of Duty crowd. Obnoxious idiotic frat boys and 15 year olds. I know a ton of people with PS3's, 360's and the games. But who the hell is buying Mario Kart, Wii sports / fit, or any of this non gamer stuff much less the 30, 25, and 70 million copies? I don't know or have met a single person with any of these games much less someone with a Wii. Where do Nintendo keep getting these numbers?

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

A lil bit shame most on the list is already out in the past years.

MachShot
MachShot

...but still can't beat Skyrim for unanimous Game of the Year across the internet communities. Pathetic, Nintendo.

SaltyMeatballs
SaltyMeatballs

Impressive numbers. Bring out the quality games and they will sell themselves. 3DS doing well, doesn't even have a Pokemon game yet (a proper Pokemon game :P)

BloodMist
BloodMist

Gotta love developers like Nintendo, their consistency of excellence is becoming ever a more rare thing all the time.

sman3579
sman3579

Congrats to Nintendo, especially to Mario, Pokemon, and Zelda.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@Supabal Cept as well known at this point, a lot of gamers are quite skeptical of the WiiU. Though it might sell because of the plague that is casual gaming.Just like the Wii.We all know if it wasn't for the casual gamer(soccer moms,families, and so on) the Wii would of done as well as the gamecube. Its motion deal,weight loss,and party games are what saved it. Not something i would ever brag about as a success to the system.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@Supabul Dont count on it. The Wii U will perform well but I dont see it topping the Wii's performance.

Supabul
Supabul

@mjc0961, thats why Nintendo only release one Mario Kart for each new system they just keep selling Wii U is going to be the biggest selling console of all time

motang
motang

Those are some hefty numbers! Skyward Sword isn't as good at Twilight Princess, though it is a good game, it could have been better.

ekalbtwin
ekalbtwin

But, but, but the internetz told me Skyward Sword was a sales flop lol.

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

Skyward Sword was a small letdown... But Mario 3D land is great!