Smash Bros. Sold Better on 3DS Than Wii U

Steven Bogos

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Smash Bros. Sold Better on 3DS Than Wii U

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Despite Smash Bros. traditionally being a console franchise, the 3DS version of the latest installment 3.43 million more copies than its Wii U counterpart.

When the latest generation of recent sales data [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/tag/view/smash%20bros?os=%20smash%20bros] from Nintendo showing that the portable version out-performed the console version considerably.

According to the numbers, the Wii U version sold 3.43 million fewer copies than the 3DS version. Critically, the Wii U version holds a 85 [http://www.metacritic.com/game/wii-u/super-smash-bros-for-wii-u]. However, the 3DS sold considerably more consoles over its life: 65.3 million compared to the Wii U's 13.56.

A new Smash Bros. title has not been announced for the Nintendo Switch as of yet, but as every generation of Nintendo consoles comes with a new Smash Bros., it's inevitable that the console/handheld hybrid will get one. It will be interesting to see if the 3DS will also get another version of the game.

Source: Nintendo [https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/sales/software/index.html]

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09philj

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Shock as better selling console sells more of popular series.
 

Callate

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The version of a game that had nearly five times as many platform-owners, and cost $10 less, sold more units? Not entirely surprising.
 

Saelune

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Probably because it came out on 3DS first and people wanted the game that badly. Then many people decided they did not want to buy it a second time.
 

Sheo_Dagana

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Not a lot of people own a Wii U, but a lot of people DO own a 3DS in some incarnation or another. Plus, the Wii U has same-system multiplayer, which means people have even less of a reason to buy the Wii U version if just one of their friends owns a copy.

Smash may be best when played in the same room, but the 3DS version doesn't discount that idea either since there is both local multiplayer. When it hit stores I saw tons of people on campus playing together. I doubled down and bought the Wii U version as well just because it was an easier way to get more people playing, but I'm sure most people stuck with the 3DS version.
 

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I think the fact that far more people own a 3DS than a WiiU played a huge role in this outcome.
What a surprise.