More like Mario Kart 8 million: Here are the Wii U and 3DS best-sellers

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Nintendo might not want to tell us how much its new Switch console will cost, but it is starting to close the book on the Wii U and its dedicated handhelds by announcing the top-selling Wii U and 3DS games.

These figures are through September 30, include digital and physical sales, and include games bundled with consoles. Unsurprisingly they are all Nintendo games, and not Madden and Call of Duty.

Wii U:

1. Mario Kart 8 — 8 million
2. New Super Mario Bros. U — 5.45 million
3. Super Mario 3D World — 5.19 million
4. Nintendo Land — 5.13 million
5. Super Smash Bros. Wii U — 4.99 million
6. Splatoon — 4.57 million
7. Super Mario Maker — 3.73 million
8. New Super Luigi U — 2.74 million
9. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD — 1.98 million
10. Mario Party 10 — 1.94 million

Nintendo 3DS:

1. Pokemon X/Y — 15.64 million
2. Mario Kart 7 — 13.94 million
3. Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire — 13.18 million
4. Super Mario 3D Land — 10.98 million
5. New Super Mario Bros. 2 — 10.6 million
6. Animal Crossing: New Leaf — 10.34 million
7. Super Smash Bros. 3DS — 8.35 million
8. Tomodachi Life — 5.3 million
9. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon — 5.03 million
10. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D — 4.52 million

I’m glad Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon did well. Lowkey one of my favorite 3DS games and favorite recent Nintendo games. It is weird to see Smash sell so much better on 3DS than on Wii U, even if it’s because fewer people have a Wii U. If you add the numbers together, the new Smash outsold Brawl, but even the Wii U version is the lowest-selling console Smash ever (Smash 64 sold 5.55 million units). 

Remember, though: the Wii U as a console only shipped 13.36 million units as of September 30, 2016; or, less than the two best-selling 3DS games. So 8 million Mario Kart 8s looks kind of slim next to 14 million Mario Kart 7s, but the 3DS has sold somewhere around 60 million consoles. For reference, Nintendo sold about 32 million N64s, 22 million GameCubes, and 101 million Wiis. None of this means anything and we all die cold and alone.

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