Nintendo Issues New Lists Of Switch And 3DS Top-Sellers

Mario Tennis Aces scores big.


Nintendo has released its latest round of global sales data as of September 30, and once again its slate of first-party games ran the field. While the top five Nintendo Switch games all continued their steady success and remained in place relative to each other, the bottom half of the list was scrambled by some newcomers that have joined the list.

The biggest change is from Mario Tennis Aces, which rocketed to number six on the list with 2.16 million copies, after debuting in the number ten spot as of June 30. Kirby Star Allies, which cracked the list in March figures, has now tied Arms for the number seven slot at 2.1 million. The re-release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze also made the list with 1.67 million.

There's a notable drop from the fourth and fifth spots, making those first four--Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Splatoon 2--the mega-hits in the Switch library. Those will be the ones most difficult to dethrone, while the rest of the spots are likely to continue shuffling.

On the 3DS the list is less dynamic. All ten games have retained their exact positions as the system puts out fewer new releases, and the pace of new purchases appears to have slowed as well. Between March and September, for example, Pokemon X/Y sold an additional 50,000 copies. That's steady success for a franchise that has already sold in the tens of millions, but the system is definitely starting to show its age. Check below for the full list.

Nintendo Switch

  1. Super Mario Odyssey -- 12.17 million
  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe -- 11.71 million
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild -- 10.28 million
  4. Splatoon 2 -- 7.47 million
  5. 1-2 Switch -- 2.64 million
  6. Mario Tennis Aces -- 2.16 million
  7. Arms -- 2.10 million
  8. Kirby Star Allies -- 2.10 million
  9. Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze -- 1.67 million
  10. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 -- 1.53 million


  1. Mario Kart 7 -- 17.04 million
  2. Pokemon X/Y -- 16.29 million
  3. Pokemon Sun/Moon -- 16.10 million
  4. Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire -- 14.06 million
  5. New Super Mario Bros. 2 -- 12.61 million
  6. Super Mario 3D Land -- 11.96 million
  7. Animal Crossing: New Leaf -- 11.69 million
  8. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS -- 9.24 million
  9. Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon -- 7.51 million
  10. Tomodachi Life -- 6.20 million

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That's great and all, but I do wish Nintendo would show how third-parties are doing, besides Fortnite.

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I'm glad 3DS games keep coming out

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Great for Nintendo but this just means Nintendo just fallen to the same problem again and again. Nintendo fans don't buy 3rd party titles and even if they buy its barely scratching 1 million mark.

Also I do felt bad for jrpg, xenoblade got great media attention and even nintendo pushed it quite a lot on their directs but it barely reaches 1.5m.

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Nintendo doesn't report the sales for third party games they don't publish.

1.5M is a great number. I remember you commenting on how well Persona 5 and Tales of Berseria did. Well, Persona 5 sold just over 2M split between two consoles (PS3 and PS4), and Tales of Berseria sold just over 1M on PS4 and PC.

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@doctor_mg: its great for Persona 5 and Tales because sony did not really promote the games yet the games is able to flourish, signalling the games is having a growth. Sony did not even have persona 5 on its e3 or tgs stage for years. Even reveal trailer was done on atlus side.

Nintendo marketing push for almost a year now still xenoblade 2 barely does something. That is a lot of useless direct.

True. But man, why dont switch owners buy 3rd party. Gets mad when 3rd party skips switch but then nobody buys it when it arrives there. Lol these nintendo fans

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Sony did advertise Persona 5, as did Sega. Both of these companies promoted Persona 5. Also, it was available on consoles with a combined sell-through of 140M (at the time). Sony did present Persona 5 at PSX, and they did release adverts for it (check them out on Youtube). Sony likely didn't present Persona 5 at TGS or E3 because it's an Atlus/Sega owned property, so they showed off the game instead (which they did)

"xenoblade 2 barely does something."

Xenoblade 2 has sold greater than over 95% of JRPG's on Playstation 4. Quit trying to downplay 1.5M. Heck, Ni No Kuni 2 didn't even crack 1M, and that game WAS featured at Sony's E3.

"But man, why dont switch owners buy 3rd party."

They have been. Bethesda has been happy with the sales of games featured on it's hardware. Both the next Doom and next Wolfenstein will be featured on Nintendo hardware. Many other publishers have commented on the success of their titles too.

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@doctor_mg: of course it got featured on playstation youtube channel. All games releasing on ps4 got a youtube trailer for it. What I meant is the marketing deal between sega and sony is not as big as how nintendo tries to push their jrpg yet Persona still able to sell well.

Ni no Kuni sold okay. In nearly 2 month Level 5 announced it sold nearly a million units. 2 friggin month and the release date was late march.

Of course I am downplaying xenoblade 2. It got nintendo marketing department attention, special edition bundles and controllers, special dlc spot on its direct yet only 1.5m. damn that is so small

Yeah of course. Ports and small indie dev. Selling an extra 200k-500k is ok on that level. Nintendo continues to be a problem for major publishers.

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I'm not just talking about their channel. There was actual commercial coverage for the game. Bundles, adverts, PSX spot, special editions, etc.

Xenoblade 2 sold over a million units in the same time frame (2 months). On a console with a much lower install base. Your bias is showing...heavily might I add.

At GDC an overwhelming majority (84%) of respondents reported their games on Switch selling as well or greater. Only 16% said their games didn't sell as well. Ubisoft, Bethesda, Square Enix, Bandai Namco, etc. all happy with Switch sales.

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@doctor_mg: Sure, why not. I am bias due to Xenoblade is a first party title JRPG getting heavily promoted, still only manages 1 million in same time frame. Which is pretty sad, which also my original post regarding JRPGs. In case you missed my original post.

Also, yeah ports and indie games selling well does make publishers happy. Major game releases? nope and almost non existence but ports sell, yay.

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No, you're *biased* because you feel 1.5M is awful for Nintendo, but great for literally any JRPG released on Playstation. You're just a fangirl. Ni No Kuni also received heavy promotion. Jesus, you're a joke.

No point in talking with you anymore. It's clear your incapable of rational thought. Have a good one!

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@doctor_mg: Yeah its great because what I am trying to point is they are 3rd party titles that has not much promotion as per 1st party titles with massive bundles and spot on direct. Selling as well as it has been is a great support from the fans of the series.


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@sakaixx: Ni No Kuni 2 had a lot of promotion, was featured on things like PSX, E3, TGS BY Sony, and there were no *bundles* for Xenoblade 2 or Ni No Kuni 2. You don't know what you are talking about.

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@doctor_mg: Bit of a weird back and forth considering her original comment seemed to suggest she wished it performed better and you've been trying to turn the discussion into a negative fanboy one. Your statement that "Xenoblade 2 has sold greater than over 95% of JRPG's on Playstation 4" is a pretty bold statement considering how well japanese developers have been doing recently and we are in somewhat in a JRPG renascence of titles that previously wouldn't of come to the west and are all selling well. All the titles you two mentioned are pretty niche not sure about Xenoblade but I only ever remember Persona 5 showing up once on the main stage before a long gap before it actually launched it was at E3 though just not the main conference in 2016? before launch.

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@gamingdevil800: Their comment has nothing to do with it wishing it had performed better, but the perception that it hadn't performed well at all. This has been their predisposition before, and this is their current predisposition now.

When I say "Xenoblade 2 has sold greater..." that isn't to detest the PS4 or it's sales. That is to show that Xenoblade has sold really well, it's a testament. Of course games have sold well on PS4 too. The JRPG genre is a generally niche one outside of Final Fantasy and maybe the Soulsborne games. Dragon Quest performed well (well..not in the west, but that's not PS4's fault), Persona 5 performed extremely well, Tales of Berseria, and Nier: Automata have all performed well. That's great. They've all done great. But so has Xenoblade 2. That's my point. Sorry if that wasn't clear.

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I wonder where the Mario plus rabbit Switch is right now in the sales department

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If 1-2 Switch would've been released at the "optimal" price tag of 30$ it would be 2nd-3rd on that list.

I'm pretty sure A LOT of people found it appealing but not at such a price...
It is the kind of game you wanna show all your friends and play at game parties.
Problem is you wanna play it once or twice, once you played every mini games 2-3 times it's all been done and pointless!
That's why it's not worth 50~60$.

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@silv3rst0rm: I don't know about that. Games like it in the past only had inflated sales numbers because they came packaged with the console itself, like Wii Sports.

I don't know anyone who said "1-2 Switch looks cool!", just like I don't know anyone who would have bought Wii Sports on its own.

TBH, I don't think I would even pick up 1-2 Switch if it was on sale in the Eshop for 50 cents.

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Arms, what a deception!

Lame, lame game!
Glad I got to rent it so I didn't waste 60$ on that garbage...

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I will make the argument that Odyssey was Nintendo's best game of 2017.

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@xshinobi: Hi! Well... I loved MO but I cannot agree when I have on the same console the beast which is called BOTW... I put almost 100 hrs on Mario but a good 600 on Zelda. Whole different level. This also reflected in the awards that each game got. The sales is something different. As games, Zelda is for more mature audiences...

Time will show which one is right between us but I have another argument for you:

I claim that on average, in the main home consoles, Zelda games were better than Mario games BUT Mario games received in every single case more love.

NES: Zelda better than Super Mario Bros (but maybe not better than SMB3...)

SNES: Zelda better than Mario games by far (SNES Mario games were mediocre)

N64: OOT and MM way deeper and more complete games than M64. One of the reasons of course is that they got their releases many years later.

GC: WW and TP way better than the joke that M sunshine was....

Wii: Here Galaxies (both 1+2) beat Zelda TP (I count it as a Wii release too) and SS (maybe the worst Zelda) big time...

Wii U: While I loved Mario 3D World very much and I enjoyed New SM U, we got the beast that is called BOTW.

Switch: I have already stated my comment/ argument about MO/ BOTW above.


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@hannibalmath1: I enjoy Zelda more than Mario overall, but I have to disagree with some of this.

IMO, Super Mario World is one of the highest pinnacles of the Mario Franchise.

I loathe the original NES Zelda, it just wasn't fun to me, but original Mario is fun for a quick, bored playthrough.

Mario Sunshine was a decent game. I enjoyed it as much as Twilight Princess.

SS is the worst Zelda game, I agree.

BotW was fun, but I wouldn't even put it in my top 3 Zelda games. It just got rid of too much that I like about the Zelda franchise. I found myself enjoying Mario Odyssey a lot more than I did while playing BotW. BotW was good, I enjoyed it, but Mario Odyssey was a pure pleasure to play through, and I normally don't like Mario games all that much.

One last note, Zelda isn't for mature audiences. It tackles some mature themes, but usually in family friendly ways. Mature audiences can enjoy Zelda games, but I wouldn't put the "age" of the audience too much higher than I would Mario games. Both are more than appropriate for young children.

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@xshinobi: A toss-up between Mario and Breath of the Wild.

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Interesting, didn't realize the 3DS was that popular. Those games are heavily outselling the top 10 of the Switch.

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@al89lan: To say the 3DS games are heavily outselling the top 10 on the Switch is a VERY heavily skewed comparison to make. The most recent 3DS game on that 3DS list is Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon which came out last year in mid November; everything else is two years old or older.

For context, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land is SEVEN years old this year, Pokemon X and Y is five years old and New Super Mario Bros. 2 came out in Summer 2012. They have had a lot of time to reach such high sales numbers.

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@al89lan: I'm pretty sure this is just lifetime sales. Given Switch's explosive sales growth, the Switch will inevitably dwarf these numbers within the next couple of years.

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@MegaPyroFlame: I was gonna say, the top 10 selling 3DS games are older and have been out a lot longer than the top ten selling Switch games.

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@ahyl88: Ah yes, good point.

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Super Mario Odyssey selling like gangbusters.

Shouldn't come as a surprise I guess. After all, Mario is the king of videogaming.