Reggie: Super Smash Bros. Wii U Pre-Orders up to Record Levels

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Nintendo has three major holiday releases left for 2014, the kind of games that has everyone buzzing. They consist of the upcoming Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire remakes and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, naturally. Much rides on Smash Bros. to be a driver of Wii U sales for the season, much as Mario Kart 8 was this past summer. And so far, it appears to be a sure thing.

Speaking with Bloomberg, Reggie Fils-Aimes said that Smash Wii U pre-orders were the strongest yet seen on Wii U. This is similar to how Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are tracking ahead of Pokémon X and Y from last year. Reggie likened the pre-orders to the momentum generated by Mario Kart 8:

The launch of Mario Kart 8 has essentially doubled our Wii U sales year-on-year. Our expectation is that the sell-through for Smash is going to be very strong, certainly on par with what we saw with Mario Kart 8. We think the impact on hardware will be similarly dramatic.

…Consumers buy the hardware so they can play the software. When you have a robust library of games, that’s when consumers jump in.

Apart from this good news, Reggie discussed Nintendo’s endless focus on appealing to a wide demographic of gamers (such is Satoru Iwata’s creed of “expanding the gaming population”), amiibo, smart phones, and more.

Mario Kart 8 was last reported to have sold 3.49 million copies worldwide, almost half of the Wii U install base. Surely the pre-orders for Smash Bros. indicate that it too will have a strong attach rate. What do you think of the good news that Smash Wii U is pre-ordering strong?

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