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 Pokemon  beats  Mario  to most popular 3DS game
Pokemon beats Mario to most popular 3DS game
August 15, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

Nintendo announced this week that nine of its first-party 3DS games have sold over a million copies to date in the United States across both retail and digital channels.

The company is making a show of highlighting its top 3DS titles just months after it reported overall losses amidst strong growth in sales of 3DS hardware and software.

The most interesting takeaway is that Nintendo has sold over four million U.S. copies of Pokemon on 3DS: 2.1 million of Pokemon X, and 2.01 million of Pokemon Y.

That means the company has sold more Pokemon games on 3DS in the U.S. than any of its other first-party titles, including Mario Kart 7 (3.48 million units sold) and Super Mario 3D Land (with 3.09 million units sold.)

Nintendo's most recent fiscal report revealed that it had sold 12.26 million copies of Pokemon X/Y worldwide as of May 2014, further evidence that the franchise has played a key role in driving the company's strong sales of 3DS software and (presumably) hardware.

If you'd like to see the numbers, here are the 3DS software sales numbers Nintendo released this week; they account for title sales in the U.S. across both digital and retail channels to date:

Mario Kart 7 - 3.48 million units sold.
Super Mario 3D Land - 3.09 million units sold.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 2.28 million units sold.
Pokemon X - 2.10 million units sold.
Pokemon Y - 2.01 million units sold.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - 1.39 million units sold.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 1.36 million units sold.
Luigiís Mansion: Dark Moon - 1.33 million units sold.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - 1.09 million units sold.

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Chris Hellerberg
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The title is somewhat misleading. I'm sure a large percentage of the purchases of Pokemon X and Y are by customers that bought both games, so the number of individual buyers should be far below four million. It could well be around the three million mark, for example. A direct comparison of numbers between Pokemon X/Y and a single iteration game like Mario Kart 7 is strongly biased in favor of Pokemon X/Y.

Carl Chavez
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First: what would you define as a "large percentage"? If you're assuming three million, you're assuming three million people bought four million copies, so you're assuming 33% of people bought two copies. I'd like to see some proof of that. Furthermore, since Mario Kart 7 has sold nearly 10 million copies at this point worldwide, and Pokemon X/Y 12.26 million, that means at least 20% of the purchasers would have had to buy two copies for the title to be misleading. With the group of people I know (which includes several VGC competitors), I'd say only 5% of them bought both X and Y as individuals (as opposed to family purchasers, as explained below).

Second: at least with the sample of people I know, many who purchased both X and Y are members of families in which one person receives X and one person receives Y. In those cases, it's perfectly legitimate for two copies to have been sold to what might be one customer. Also, in some of those families, two copies of Mario Kart have been purchased by on customer so two family members can play. Those instances would have to be considered when comparing purchases by individual customers for multiple family members.

Basically, without proof that there at least 20% of the purchasers of Pokemon X/Y bought multiple copies, there is no evidence that the title is misleading.

Hunter Curren
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I know that in my case, I purchased 2 each of Pokemon X and Y so that myself, my girlfriend and our kids could each have a copy to play and everyone would be able to trade with each other.

On the other hand, because of download play, I got a single copy of Mario Kart 7 and we can all play together.

However, does it really even matter if 90% of Pokemon purchases were a single person buying two copies for themselves? The profit to Nintendo is the same either way, so if they were to use these numbers to prioritize which game they made next, wouldn't another pair of Pokemon be the better option either way (at least in terms of total revenue)?