Super Mario 3D World has seen pretty much universal acclaim across the board and around the world, but that momentum did little to motivate buyers in Nintendo’s home country. Weekly sales data shows that the game made a respectable debut, selling just shy of 100,000 units, but that number loses some of its luster when you consider the fact that Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns for PS3 moved 277,082 units in its first week on the market and the latest Pokémon titles combined are still selling over 70,000 copies per week, with a lifetime total of over 3 million. This trend is reflected in hardware sales as well.
To put it optimistically, Wii U sales did increase roughly 25 percent last week, but to put it quantitatively, that was an increase from 15,906 to 21,002 units sold. To put that into perspective, 3DS LL (XL for us North Americans) sold more than three times that, and even PS Vita managed to outsell Wii U, though that was only by 42 more systems.
You won’t be seeing me turn into a Wii U doom predictor any time soon, but I freely admit that somethings needs to be done when a critically praised entry in one of gaming’s most iconic franchises can’t drum up more support in the country of its birth.
Source: Nintendo Life