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No one is playing Super Mario 3D World – a historical look at Mario series sales figures

Sean from takes a look at historical sales figures for the Mario series. (Culture, Industry, Wii U)

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Knightshade  +   785d ago
I have to admit, the older I get the less I'm into Mario. Throw me a Metroid title already Nintendo! I bought your Wii U, now give me some games so I can scrape the inch of dust off the damned thing!
bullymangLer  +   785d ago
lol . you obviously havent played the new mario game 3D world for wiiU . . (;

just yesterday I was playing mario galaxy 2, i had no clue that if i collect the golden metals i get more stars that leads to more NEW levels!. sweeet i thought i was finished!
FriedGoat  +   785d ago
I liked Galaxy, awesome games. I really hated 3D world on the 3DS though, short levels, short game and really repetitive. It really annoyed me they decided to make a sequel to that instead of a proper mario game.
cleft5  +   785d ago
I don't really get all of the negative articles about Nintendo as of late. Also, I see plenty of people broadcasting this game. "No one" is one of those phrases that tends to be a gross over exaggeration of the truth.
abzdine  +   785d ago
i have never been really into mario games but i have still played most of them.
This one seems interesting enough, but only with 2 or more players.
Necro_559  +   785d ago
I have played it and its nothing special, its way to easy and its the same game we have been playing since 96', i mean its alright but nothing we havnt seen already. It was boring. The WW remake was better and its a remake. Nintendo should have done a Mario 64 type Mario game.
sinjonezp  +   785d ago | Well said
I love mario but it is losing.its appeal. In my opinion. I bought my daughter the mario 3ds bundle.and.i played the game and.found.myself wanting to go back to super mario 64. The issue for me is the age content. Most of us in our laye 20,s and early 30,s grew up on mario and i think we are now overtook by fps and other games. The kids of this new generation never grew up on mario and.they are more into social games or mobile platforms. My daughter played mario for about 20 minutes before she wanted my phone.for an.hour. thats what its coming to. The gap is real and with the older crowd leaning towards mature content and younger kids playing mobile applications, mario is how. Say stuck in.the middle. Its an opinion but recognized through my child, nephews and.nieces
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2muchw1nn1ng  +   785d ago
You reek of insecurity.. All you post is literally angry, passive-aggressive comments against anyone that criticizes Wii u or Nintendo.

Work out your issues, buddy. Then maybe you wouldn't have one bubble to deal with.
Sarcasm  +   785d ago

Unfortunately the way things are going, the Wii U is going to be the new dreamcast.

Great overall system, some very excellent games, but just isn't selling.

Which is a stark contrast to its predecessor the Wii which sold like gangbusters.
alphaomega88  +   785d ago
'I/we love Mario, but he is losing his appeal'

Now, lets flip this for the other perspective:
'I/we love/loved FPS's, but they are losing their appeal'

There. See how that can actually fit into lots of other peoples minds, just as the first sentence can? Fact is, play what you like. Mario may not be drawing in tons of new people, but the days when COD/any other unnamed shooters did that is over too. Mario, in the 3d platforming genre, is always of the highest quality. The same cannot be said for the others.
Chrischi1988  +   785d ago
lol^^ noone plays it, right^^

Mario 3D world is in the top 10 sales chart of the past two weeks and Wii U has a installbase as small as 4,4 million. A lot of dev studios would be super proud, to achive such a percentage of sales compared to the install base.

The bias towards nintendo on this site becomes bigger and bigger^^ Actually the Wii U isnt doing that bad as of now, but whatever, tell lies to feel better, if thats the only way.
Irishguy95  +   785d ago
Not a fan of Galaxy, WAY to easy. Presents no challenge whatsoever and is thus, a boring game. Don't know about Galaxy 2 never played it.
ThaBx  +   784d ago
Son! It's time for you to Grow Up! If u think that was sweet, then you probably still poop in your pants! Sincerely a NEXT GEN GAMER!
clouds5  +   784d ago
That is a general problem with games... Most of them are just a walk in the park. The whole 3rd person cover shooter system makes everything just easy and boring.
Yi-Long  +   784d ago
The problem isn't the game. The problem is the system, and the (lack of) marketing of the system.

By all accounts, the game is fantastic and one of the very best Mario games ever.

However, it's not enough to convince me to buy into the WiiU. For multiple reasons, which I won't bother listing again.
The_Villager  +   785d ago
Well then you will be happy to know that Nintendo has just renewed the trademark for Metroid Prime.
Concertoine  +   785d ago
that doesn't really mean anything, just that nintendo wants to retain the rights. theyve been renewing eternal darkness stuff for the past 10 years, no sight of that anytime soon.
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Beastforlifenoob  +   785d ago
That means nothing most companies even if they are not going to invest anything into it in the future they renew the trademark. The reason is because Nintendo doesnt want random people using the games name to make crap games (that actually have nothing to do with nintendo) and then tainting nintendos image.
ShinMaster  +   785d ago
If it's a third-person Metroid game, sign me up.
Dehnus  +   785d ago
With me it's the other way around, the older I get the more I start to like Mario, DKC and Zelda games :).
Concertoine  +   785d ago
you at 80 will be a scary sight
883  +   785d ago
The older I get, the more I find myself wanting Mario and other Nintendo titles to appear on another brand of console...
Phil32  +   785d ago
The irony here is that the older I get the more I find games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and GTA more immature and juvenile. But hey, look at the comments on N4G on average. Immaturity runs rampant, so the industry gives consumers what they want.
883  +   785d ago
Seriously? Who disagrees with the appeal of having Nintendo titles appear on other brands of consoles? I guess some people are suggesting it is a bad thing to want Nintendo first party franchises available to a wider audience and running on current gen consoles (no I do not believe Nintendo has had a current gen console since GC --- unless we want to count WiiU as being current gen up to the point that XBoxOne and PS4 released). Or, do you just not like Nintendo first party stuff?

PHIL32: I hear ya.
hellzsupernova  +   785d ago
My mate has a wiiu in the same condition I've never actually seen it going
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bangoskank  +   785d ago

Who are you even referring to in your attack? And talk about insecurity: who really gives a flying f@ck about how many bubbles you acquire on this site. You must have a such a robust, fulfilling life to take this site so seriously. Your handle also reeks of immaturity and insecurity. Surely you are winning at life.
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Bobby Kotex  +   785d ago
I'm no Nintendo fan, but that stupid chart is not in chronological order.
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bangoskank  +   785d ago
Firstly, I'm not biased towards sony, Microsoft, or nintendo as each of their systems offer excellent titles that provide hours of enjoyment.
Saying that adults who play nintendo are a minority is absurd. A lot of us grew up playing Nintendo games back in the 80's and still do because the quality of their flagship titles hasn't faltered. On top of that, third party titles like Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade, and others justify owning a Wii U. That said, I can't wait for The Order:1886 and Titanfall. It's about being a gamer an loving video games, not what company is more popular or makes more money.
joab777  +   784d ago
It is hard for ppl to imagine that Mario isn't quite what it was to all of us in our 30's. I still love Mario but I am not buying a console to play it when I have a 3ds. The kids love it and love playing on the ps3 & ps4. Kids today are different. Once they reach a certain age they wanna play CoD...not Mario. Most ppl I know that play Mario and donkey Kong are my age. I do wonder though how many copies it would have sold as a PlayStation 4 launch game. I know it sounds like heresy but it's troubles obviously are not quality related but consumer base related. And like I mentioned before with the arrival of new consoles, successful handhelds and cheaper ps3's & 360's, I just don't think too many kids are screaming for a wiiU for Xmas...even if there is a new Mario to play.
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popup  +   784d ago
I played Mario in the 80's and have purchased certain historic titles but am by no means a fanatic lunatic but I got this new title on Wii U and it is excellent!

I love the whole artificial world, materials and whole reach out and touch 3d aesthetic. The design of the levels in absolute genius. It's not trying to be realistic and it doesn't need to.

With so many games striving to emulate the film medium, Mario is still a refreshing reminder than computer and console games have their own exclusive and legitimate domain.

The fact that it has not sold many is obviously a concern but, from my perspective, is also a 'sucks to be you' to those missing out.
RobbyGrob  +   784d ago
I'm the same with all of Nintendo.
FACTUAL evidence  +   784d ago
Everyone complaining how easy this game is, go play'll be great-full for mario's "easiness".
XisThatKid  +   784d ago
The older I get the more I realize I see Mario the same...barely interested.
iamnsuperman  +   785d ago
The graph isn't in chronological order. That alone brings the article into disrepute. It needs to be in order to show if demand has fallen.......
Ol_G  +   785d ago
how can anyone disagree with this they place the highest selling mario's in the front and and titles that sold worse in the back like snes versions that's not really indicative of declining demand
MrTrololo  +   785d ago
That is really bad for Nintendo. Mario were known for its system seller for Nintendo console. Not even super mario 3d world can save the wii u.I am worried about X and Bayonetta 2.
Chrischi1988  +   785d ago
Mario 3D world was in the top 10 of weekly game sales the past 2 weeks. Considering the install base of Wii U, that is a very good number. Considering that Nintendo games sell over long periods of time, not like a CoD, where you get a new one every year, it is even greater.

Nintendo has Mario as is mascot, so they use him in a lot of different games, to act like, they are all the same is delusional, just because the others dont have such a successful mascot.
xXxSeTTriPxXx  +   785d ago
You should fill bad for x because hardly anybody played xenoblade lol.

If ppl think x is going to sell systems better thank gamestop exclusive deal for it not.

Now they want almost a 100usd for it smh.

I have xeno but it wad limited print.
Zodiac  +   785d ago
That graph has 3D World sales at 50K. ummm no lol

The graph is poorly done, too. At least have an attach ratio listed as well.

Also, what iamnsuperman said is true as well.
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admiralvic  +   785d ago | Well said
While the premise of this article is good, the execution is very poor. For starters, the chart goes in terms of sales, instead of chronological order. This makes the chart largely useless, since it doesn't show any rise or fall, just fall. The other problem is that the article seems to either be against Super Mario 3D World or just poorly researched.

The thing is, the chart lists Super Mario 3D World at 0.05 on a scale of 1 million. This would put the sales, according to the article, at 50,000 units. According to just the Japanese week 1 sales ( ), which were released weeks ago, we know the game sold at least 100,000 (I rounded up) copies. According to a less accurate, but equally informative source, VGchartz puts the game at 710,000 worldwide sales. This means the sales chart they're using is at least 1/14th what some easily found numbers suggest. This alone makes the article pretty worthless and rather moot.
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wonderfulmonkeyman  +   785d ago
Thank you, bubble up. Set that response into the article's main page, too.
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animegamingnerd  +   785d ago
don't forgot digital sales for all we know they could be even higher then physical sales or add like anohter 50.000 to the already sales since we don't know how much it sold digitally
herbs  +   785d ago
This is a Bull$hit article...
sloth3395  +   785d ago
im playing the game and having fun with it
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thezeldadoth  +   785d ago
best game of the year, doesn't matter how much it sold.
G20WLY  +   784d ago
*best game of the year for the under 10s.

There, fixed for you. Not that older people can't have fun with it, particularly if you're playing it with your kids (who may not have seen it all before), but your claim (while I understand it's an opinion) is plain mental (in my opinion). :)
deafdani  +   784d ago
I love GTAV and Last of Us. And let me tell you, Mario 3D World is just as good as those two games.

If you can't look past its cartoon graphics, then you're a insecure and immature dude.
thezeldadoth  +   784d ago
you must have some masculinity issues
G20WLY  +   784d ago
^lol, I'm not sure how you arrived that conclusion! If you saw me I doubt you'd assume that. Though I suspect you're just being overly protective and attacking me through sheer infatuation of a video game...

From both of your replies, I could make a better-founded assumption that you suffer from immaturity issues, but I'd be sinking to your level then, huh... ;)

Since I've apparently upset you, I'll clarify; it's nothing to do with the looks, nor did I ever infer it was. Mario games used to be challenging and lengthy - Mario 3 was the peak, for me. For many iterations now, I've found no challenge in them whatsoever, though I'll admit, I haven't even bothered with the last couple, until I gave this one a chance and again, found the challenge dumbed down.

I'm sorry if you don't like my opinion, but perhaps don't jump to conclusions regarding my reasoning next time. I don't need blood to enjoy - far from it.
Thepcz  +   785d ago
mario washed up
right next to sonic
lnvisibleMan  +   785d ago
We should hire those firefighters used in 1960s civil rights movement and get them to turn the hoses on you.
KillerPwned  +   785d ago
Hm odd I just played Super Mario 3D World last night and with friends we all had a blast. Excellent drinking game and I have almost 100% the game. So no people are playing this game.

This is just another crap article trying to bad mouth a Console/Company as usual for hits.
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kwandar  +   785d ago
Yeah - read the headline and thought huh? My daughter and all her friends were playing it like .... an hour ago!!
Dehnus  +   785d ago
Aaah, another day, another "NINTENDO IS DOOOMED!" article that is linked on N4G. Sony fanboys... you're fear of all things Non-Sony is starting to become hilarious :).
thezeldadoth  +   785d ago
it really is hilarious. they hate xbox one, the hate nintendo, they're angry about steamOS, since AMD put their card in the ps4, they've also developed an unfounded hatred for Nvidia, its getting quite sad.
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TheGreatXavi  +   784d ago
The same can be said about Nintendo fanboys. YOu fear all things non Nintendo its starting to become hilarious. YOu hate Xboxone, hate PS4, hate PC, hate Steam OS.

Huh you dont think like that?

Yeah, because you never think that all those people hating on Nintendo and everything arent Sony fanboys? ANd if there is really Sony fanboys act like that, its just small part of Sony fanboys?

Huh? Never think like that? You think all SOny fanboys are bad huh? You never read how Nintendo fanboys always mocking Playstation huh? But I never think all Nintendo fanboys are like that because I know everybody are different?

You know what? I'm Sony fanboy. I dont hate NIntendo. I hope Wii U would be succesfull. Maybe I will buy Wii U after Monolith's X released. I dont hate Steam OS, in fact I have a plan to buy Steam Machine. I dont hate NVIdia, in fact I build by PC with GTX 770. Why would I hate those? I dont hate Microsoft I have plan to buy Surface Pro 2 in fact.

Sorry for my broken English. I just want to say, the way you make its Sony fanboys that wrote this, say this, that all SOny fanboys hate everything, make you the pathetic and hypocrite one. Maybe, Maybe, Maybe, those annoying fanboys are just small part of the fanboys and most fanboys, whether they are Sony's, Microsoft's, and Nintendo's, are actually good people? Never think like that huh?
eferreira  +   784d ago
Another person thinking that just because it's just showing sales numbers that this article and every non sony bad news article is written be a Sony fanboy. Grow up.
cyphertech  +   785d ago
Really? Nobody? Hyperbole is getting crazy around these parts.
Activemessiah  +   785d ago
No one? lol!! love the exaggeration :D
JackieCruise69  +   785d ago
I guess I'm 'No one'then.
And so are 200,000+ other people.
mt  +   785d ago
the only is falling you ablility to make historical graphs.

there is no logic in the graph. you are trying to fool people by randomly distributing the data to make it looks like it is Mario series is falling chronologically.
linkenski  +   785d ago
Mario games are always interesting no matter how old I am, but the concept of 3D World is just not original or intriguing. I already played 3D Land and it was good but not AWESOME like Galaxy was and to see 3D World end up as the main console Mario game is the reason I haven't bought either a Wii U or the game itself yet.
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mii-gamer  +   785d ago
3d world is miles ahead of 3d land. In fact, 3d world can hold its own against the galaxy games - i would go far to say on par with the galaxy duo's.
Chrischi1988  +   785d ago
There has not been one game the past 4 years, that made me and my friends sit down and play thru together in 4 player coop and play it, like a drug addicted, who abuses his drugs. I bet, most of the haters, never really played that game, they dont even want to try it, because of blind fanboyism. Normally we play CoD or Battlefield, but that game, truly is great and if you are in world 7-10 you have plenty to do and it is very hard, To say it is too easy is wrong, it is easy at the beginning, just like any other game.
deafdani  +   784d ago
I think exactly the same as you regarding 3D Land. It's a good game, but nowhere near any other 3D Mario title.

That said, 3D World is amazing. For me, it's even better than Galaxy 1, but still not as good as Galaxy 2. But then again, Galaxy 2 is a hard one to top.
Dunban67  +   785d ago
I think some of you need to look up the difference between "Literal" and "figurative"

It is a good article w good data
admiralvic  +   785d ago
How is the data good if you can look at, well any site that reports any sort of figures on sales and see Super Mario 3D World sold over 50,000 copies?
Donnywho  +   785d ago
I'm waiting until Wii-U is dirt cheap.
NiteX  +   785d ago
It's my favorite Mario game since Mario 64.
LAWSON72  +   785d ago
Damn I had no idea the new super mario bros games did so well
No_Pantaloons  +   785d ago
As others said the graph isn't in chronological order so it really invalidates the whole point of the article.
ATi_Elite  +   785d ago
Super Mario Worlds 3D is over 700K units sold.

Will easily be over 1 million after the Holiday!

Graph should have went in chronological order instead of sales order.
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heliumhead2030  +   785d ago
I say finally Nintendo starts to Die. I always figured people just bought Mario and Zelda games out of nostalgia, but people will only buy the same game so many times.
Phil32  +   785d ago
Your ignorance is astounding and embarrassing simultaneously. Congrats. Spoken like someone who doesn't play Nintendo games and just uses whatever talking point of the hour to form some horrible argument with no facts. If you're saying Spirit Tracks is the same as Skyward Sword or New Super Mario Bros. U is the same as Super Mario 3D World, then you are beyond worth talking to. You're just willfully ignorant. Pathetic, and willfully ignorant. :)

Oh, and you're pathetic for coming across as enjoying a company doing poorly-- especially something as important to the industry as Nintendo is. But hey, as long as you can be happy towards an important part of the industry doing badly because you're a fanboy, then who cares?
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deafdani  +   784d ago
Mario 3D World has sold more than 700,000 copies so far. The Wii U's user base is at around 4,300,000 users.

Do the math, dude. That's a crazy high attach rate. This article is factually wrong. Dead wrong.
mii-gamer  +   785d ago
Wow that was embarrassing for the author. Kinda feel sorry for him
MultiConsoleGamer  +   785d ago
Small install base, low sales. It's not rocket science. Agenda sites and a certain message board are trying to spin this as hard as the can, and we all know why.
young7yang  +   785d ago
I love this game. One of the best Mario games ever!
StrawberryDiesel420  +   785d ago
I'd rather play games like GTA5, Last of Us & Dark Souls 2...
Underworld  +   785d ago
Honest question for the people that play Mario. Why do you like it so much? I played Mario when I was a kid but I lost interest in those games a long time ago. For me the Mario games are very overrated. I watch gameplay videos of the Mario games, including Mario 3D World to try and get excited about it and help convince me to get a Wii U, but they just look the same and boring to me.

One of the reasons I don't buy Nintendo consoles anymore is because of how much they rely on Mario and their other old franchises. I'm interested in giving the Wii U a go but I just can't, I'm not into Nintendo's exclusives. They need to focus on creating some brand new IPs that will attract people like me and stop relying on Mario games so much.

I'm not just trying to bash Nintendo, it's just how I feel.
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NightStalker33  +   785d ago
For me its the same reason I bought Sly 4 and got pissed that I missed out on Banjo 2.
It's not because of Mario, it's because of platforming, which Mario is known for being dominant in.
BOWZER35  +   785d ago
People should be playing it, or at least try it out. It's a great game, really challenging at times. Other times it's really easy, but if u play with another good player it's really fun.
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