Analysts have begun to change their tune
regarding Nintendo's fortunes, and today, we got some numbers that back up that optimism.
Super Smash Bros.
for Wii U has sold nearly 710,000 copies in the U.S. across both physical and digital distribution since its November 21 launch. Sales of Nintendo's Amiibo figurines "are approximately equal" to that Smash Bros
. figure, too, Nintendo says.
However, November hardware sales didn't get the kind of boost that's headline-worthy: There was only a ten percent jump in Wii U sales year-on-year, though the company claims it was the biggest month ever for the console.
Meanwhile, the 3DS version of Smash
, which launched in October, has already broken the 1.5 million barrier in the U.S. across both digital and physical sales. Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire
is right behind it, with almost 1.5 million sold in the U.S.
There's been a lot of speculation that the Amiibo could create a huge windfall for Nintendo; that seems to be bearing out pretty well so far. But there's a long way to go to match Activision
's success in the toys to life genre.
For more on Amiibo, check out this analysis
of its present and potential.