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New Mario 3DS announced, Super Mario 3D Land sells 5M copies

As Nintendo revealed plans to release a new 2D Mario game for 3DS in the next fiscal year, the company announced that Super Mario 3D Land has already sold 5.03 million copies around the world since its launch in November 2011.

Eric Caoili, Blogger

January 27, 2012

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As Nintendo revealed plans to release a new 2D Mario game for 3DS in the next fiscal year (April 2012 to March 2013), the company announced that Super Mario 3D Land has already sold 5.03 million copies around the world since its launch in November 2011. That makes Super Mario 3D Land the biggest-selling 3DS game, as well as the first 3DS release to hit the 5 million mark -- 1.36 million of those copies sold in Japan, while the remaining 3.68 million were purchased in North America, Europe, and other regions. While the game has a long way to go before surpassing 2006's New Super Mario Bros., which has sold 28.7 million copies to date, it's halfway toward matching the numbers of the first Super Mario Galaxy for Wii, which has moved 10 million units since 2007. And Nintendo intends to bring another 3DS entry to the franchise soon. CEO and president Iwata revealed yesterday, "We are planning to release a totally new side-scrolling action Super Mario in 2D as a key title for the Nintendo 3DS in the next fiscal year." The second biggest-selling 3DS game, Mario Kart 7, isn't far behind with 4.5 million copies sold globally. Nintendo has pushed nearly 2.5 million units of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, while Capcom has previously revealed that Monster Hunter 3G crossed the 1 million mark in Japan. Wii's The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, despite difficulties with its holiday debut in Japan, managed to sell 3.4 million copies around the world after shipping in November 2011. For comparison, 2006's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii version) has so far sold 5.8 million units. The full list of first-party Nintendo games that sold at least 1 million copies worldwide the company's first three quarters (April to December 2011) follows:

Title

DS

Pokemon Black Version/White Version

New Super Mario Bros.

Mario Kart DS

Professor Layton & the Last Specter*

Kirby Mass Attack

3DS

Super Mario 3D Land

Mario Kart 7

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Wii

Mario Kart Wii

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Wii Sports

Wii Sports Resort

Wii Party

Wii Fit Plus

Kirby's Return to Dream Land

Wii Play: Motion

Super Mario Galaxy

*Published by Nintendo in North America and Europe, published in Japan by Level-5

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Eric Caoili

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Eric Caoili currently serves as a news editor for Gamasutra, and has helmed numerous other UBM Techweb Game Network sites all now long-dead, including GameSetWatch. He is also co-editor for beloved handheld gaming blog Tiny Cartridge, and has contributed to Joystiq, Winamp, GamePro, and 4 Color Rebellion.

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