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Nintendo reveals lifetime sales for numerous DS, 3DS, Wii games
Nintendo reveals lifetime sales for numerous DS, 3DS, Wii games
April 27, 2012 | By Mike Rose

April 27, 2012 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

As part of its financial results briefing for the last fiscal year, Nintendo has released lifetime sales figures for a number of its high-profile 3DS, DS and Wii games.

Both Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS have seen sales of over 5 million each, with 5.84 million and 5.24 million respectively, while the 3DS remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D has sold 2.61 million copies worldwide to date.

In terms of Nintendo DS games, Pokemon Black and White have sales of 14.71 million combined, while New Super Mario Bros. has seen sales of 29.09 million. Meanwhile, Mario Kart DS has seen lifetime sales of 22.57 million worldwide.

As for the Nintendo Wii, Wii Sports has now been purchased 79.6 million times (although it's notable that the game comes bundled with the console in many cases). Wii Sports Resort has sold 30.14 million units worldwide, while Mario Kart Wii has seen sales of 32.44 million.

Nintendo also noted that the Wii Balance Board, bundled with copies of Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus, has seen sales of nearly 37 million worldwide.

The sales figures in full are as follows:

TitlePlatformLife-to-date sales
Pokemon Black and WhiteDS14.71 million
New Super Mario Bros.DS29.09 million
Mario Kart DSDS22.57 million
Kirby Mass AttackDS1.06 million
Super Mario 3D Land3DS5.84 million
Mario Kart 73DS5.24 million
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D3DS2.61 million
Pokemon Rumble Blast3DS1.08 million
Mario Kart WiiWii32.44 million
New Super Mario Bros. WiiWii26.26 million
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordWii3.52 million
Wii SportsWii79.60 million
Wii Sports ResortWii30.14 million
Wii PartyWii7.94 million
Wii Fit PlusWii20.48 million
Super Mario GalaxyWii10.68 million
Kirby's Return to Dream LandWii1.31 million
Wii Play: MotionWii1.26 million

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Bob Johnson
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REturn to Dreamland only 1.31 million? Darn.

I've played that few times with my sons at the same time. Good game for young kids to play together. OR solo.

I think in the US pink Kirby has a stigma. lol.

Shame. Maybe Nintendo should do something about that.

Russell Carroll
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I've also enjoyed playing this both with my brother and my kids.
Great game that becomes very, very challenging. A shame more people haven't played it.

Bob Johnson
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Oh didn't know Wii Sports Resort sold that much. Thought it was quite a bit lower although still successful.

E Zachary Knight
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What can be determined from this list? More people prefer 2D mario to 3D mario. I know I do.

Shay Pierce
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Now if we could only get a Mario game that truly looked like the 2D cartoon art of Mario... either cel-shaded or hand-drawn, either way could be amazing.

Unfortunately since the core gamers raged so loudly (and so idiotically) at cel-shaded Zelda back when Wind Waker came out, Nintendo will probably continue to steer clear of anything but high-detail full-3D graphics for the indefinite future.

Chris Hendricks
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Warioland: Shake It was hand-drawn, wasn't it? Maybe that was a test to see the appetite of a game like that.

Joe Zachery
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Wii Fit and Plus have sold around 43 million combined. Both were sold separately, and are listed on their site.