The NPD Group is preparing to release its research on the top-selling hardware and software in the US for the month of March, but Nintendo has issued a press release early. In it, Nintendo boasts strong sales in early 2015, with hardware sales up 60% over the same time period last year. That includes an 80% spike in 3DS sales thanks to New Nintendo 3DS, as well as a 20% spike in Wii U sales.

Software highlights for the US include
Majora’s Mask 3D at 730,000 units sold and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS at 2.4 million units sold. For Wii U, Mario Party 10 sold around 290,000 units in its first two weeks, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has hit 1.6 million, and Mario Kart 8 reached 1.9 million. Here’s the full statement:

The New Nintendo 3DS XL system continues to inject growth into Nintendo’s hand-held business, and the momentum created for Wii U in 2014 has carried over into 2015. Take these two elements, add in fun, exclusive titles starring some of the biggest names in gaming, and overall sales of Nintendo hardware systems so far in 2015 have increased by nearly 60 percent over sales during the same time frame in 2014.

Other Nintendo sales highlights include:

Nintendo 3DS

Total hardware sales in 2015 have increased by nearly 80 percent over sales during the first three months of 2014.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D added more than 184,000 total units in its second month, bringing lifetime sales to more than 730,000 total units.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS added more than 110,000 total units in its sixth month on the market, bringing its lifetime total to 2.4 million units.

Wii U

Total hardware sales in 2015 have increased by more than 20 percent over sales during the first three months of 2014.

Mario Party 10 launched on March 20 and sold nearly 290,000 total units in its first two weeks.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Mario Kart 8 continue to sell well in their respective fifth and 11th months on the market, bringing their lifetime totals to nearly 1.6 million total units and more than 1.9 million total units, respectively.

The momentum for Nintendo software and systems should continue over the next few months thanks to a strong lineup of software that includes the just-released Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New Nintendo 3DS XL, April 10) and Splatoon (Wii U, May 29) games.

Source: Nintendo Everything

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