It’s been a good week for Nintendo, as Super Mario Maker carried Wii U to second best sold platform in Japan, beating out the long-reigning champion, Sony’s PlayStation 4. No one doubts that Nintendo’s next-gen platform did not hold up to the company’s expectations, and that seems to be due to its rivals.
- Super Mario Bros celebrate their 30th anniversary this week
- Nintendo 3DS dominated the market, with the Wii U coming in second
- Super Mario Maker sold over 138,000 units in its first week and received excellent scores
The PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One have dominated the markets since their release, leaving the Wii U disappointingly behind. Even though it tackles an entirely different type of gaming, the Nintendo platform has been often tossed into the same category as the hardware titans, with their high-end performing systems and stunning graphics.
Perhaps it did not seem like a fair comparison at times, but the Wii U was thrown into the competition regardless, mostly ending on last place. However, the release of the new Super Mario Maker has brought the Wii U much further than thought it would ever get, even surpassing last year’s best sold console, PlayStation 4.
In fact, Nintendo has dominated the market for the first week of the month, after the highly successful videogame was released on September 10th in Japan, and September 11 in North America. It received critical acclaim and incredibly positive reviews, bringing an old world back to life by allowing players to create their very own Super Mario level.
For most who had grown up with the adventures of Mario and Luigi, it brought the memory of their childhood back into their minds and souls, a feat that has kept Nintendo on the market for so long.
In the second week, ending on September 13th, the Wii U sold 20,891 units in Japan, earning the second place after another Nintendo device, the 3DS, that topped the market with a whopping 27,829 units sold. Nintendo had kept itself in the lead with both platforms, and most of it has been attributed with Super Mario Maker’s incredible success and fun gameplay.
Sony has fared a little worse, by dropping dramatically from 54,000 units of PlayStation sold to 18,555, and the PlayStation Vita now standing at 9,480, though still ahead of both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox One.
Within its first week, Super Mario Maker delivered a number of 138,242 copies and has received praising reviews and excellent scores, with average of 89% score on both GameRankings and Metacritic.
The Super Mario Bros also hit the big 3-0 this week, who had went on to being one of the most successful games of all time, with 40 million copies sold, and has sparked numerous games and franchises that players still enjoy to this day.
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