Nintendo believes that the impending launch of Super Smash Bros.
for the Wii U will have a "dramatic" effect on hardware sales, as pre-orders for the game have already surpassed the pre-order numbers for Mario Kart 8
When Mario Kart 8
launched on Wii U earlier this year, the console experienced a notable boost in hardware sales. With Smash Bros.
pre-orders even higher than Mario Kart 8
's, president Reggie Fils-Aime is expecting this holiday season to go rather well for the company.
"The launch of Mario Kart 8
has essentially doubled our Wii U sales year-on-year," he told Bloomberg
. "Our expectation is that the sell-through for Smash
is going to be very strong, certainly on par with what we saw with Mario Kart 8
. We think the impact on hardware will be similarly dramatic."
"Consumers buy the hardware so they can play the software," he added. "When you have a robust library of games, that's when consumers jump in."
The Nintendo 3DS version of the game has already helped boost the company's bottom line this year