The first two years of Nintendo Switch’s life have featured quite a few enhanced ports of Wii U games. Nintendo’s last home console was one of their least successful products ever, and its poor sales hurt the potential of quite a few good games. Their true potential has shined through on Switch, with games like
Mario Kart 8 and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze easily outpacing their Wii U numbers. It looks like that trend is continuing with Nintendo’s latest re-release.

A report came out recently stating that the Deluxe version of New Super Mario Bros. U was outpacing the original by around 25% in the UK. That number is impressive, but as it turns out, it was a massive understatement of the truth. Some sales data was missing in the initial report, and a corrected version shows that the Switch version is actually outselling its Wii U counterpart by 56%.

Following this revelation, Media Create released their sales data for Japan. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe topped the charts with 166,303 units sold at retail. This made the platformer the top-selling game in Japan, unseating Super Smash Bros. Ultimate after a month of chart dominance. This number was also high enough to beat out the Wii U release’s 163,528 units sold at launch.

Given that these totals only include physical sales and Nintendo’s digital sales have increased over the years, it’s possible that the real gap between the two is actually wider. Either way, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is off to a hot start, despite the fact that it’s not an all-new Mario game. It’s even got some system-selling power, as Switch’s 78,056 units sold this week more than doubles the 37,500 sold during the same week in 2018.

Source: Games Industry, Gematsu, 4Gamer

Ben Lamoreux


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