News Flash: Super Smash Bros. Just Sold A Lot Of Copies In Japan

To be a little more precise? Super Smash Bros. on the 3DS just sold over one million units in a single weekend. In Japan alone.

That number, like all sales numbers, may seem like an abstract figure completely devoid of meaning, but here's a little perspective: the only other 3DS games that managed to sell that amount of units and that short a period of time were Pokemon X & Y and Monster Hunter 3.

Basically, Super Smash Bros. just joined a very exclusive club. The only other members are video game franchises that Japan goes absolutely loopy for.

It's difficult to tell how these numbers will translate to Western markets, but the last two major Super Smash Bros. releases? They sold roughly to the same level in the European territory compared to Japan, but folks in the US really tend to buy the most copies of Super Smash Bros. — US sales tend to account for at least 50% of the lifetime sales of the series.

But it is worth nothing that the handheld market, per capita, is extremely strong in Japan. This may skew things a little. That being said: Super Smash Bros. on the 3DS is going to shift a lot of units. That is most likely inevitable. I'd be surprised if it doesn't become the most successful version of the game to date.



    I'm looking forward to seeing how the Wii U version goes. Would be amazing if it could manage to pull off the same feat.

      Sadly, I don't think the Wii-U console penetration has reached anything like the same level as 3DS.

      If the Wii U version came out first it would be insta buy. Given that it doesn't i'm picking it up on 3DS and perhaps picking it up on Wii U. If they give me a discount for owning it on both, i'll definitely get it.

    Anyone with a DS would be foolish to not pick this game up. Ive played the demo and it is a real treat to play. If you've enjoyed any of the previous series iterations, you will love this one, and its portable! Definitely worth an additional purchase alongside the WiiU version.

    The fact that Nintendo have locked secret characters, stages & other things (trophies most likely) into transferring data between the Wii U & 3DS versions, it might help pick up sales of console.
    Mario Kart 8 dig push more units out there & a flagship game like SSB might do similar for those sitting on the fence a bit or not getting alot out of their PS4s or XBones.

    I wouldn't be surprised if you see a minor price drop in either consoles before Xmas or another free game deal like they did for MK8.

    But to be honest, I don't see the 3DS version doing huge sales outside of Japan.
    My review of the demo my show why:

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