Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Sets Sales Record in US as Fastest-Selling Wii U Title

The hype for the lastest console Smash Bros. is all too real. Between sold-out peripherals and price gouging on accompanying amiibo figures, there was no way that the Wii U iteration of Smash Bros. would be anything but a unqualified success. Today, Nintendo of America has announced as much, saying that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is now the fastest-selling Wii U launch in the States, overtaking Mario Kart 8‘s prior record.

Smash Bros. for Wii U has sold 490,000 copies in three days, with physical and digital copies accounted for. Several factors have contributed to the game’s early success. According to Nintendo, 14 million Smash Bros. games have sold in the US alone, proving that the States is where the brand is the strongest. The new Wii U entry has a Metacritic of 93, tied with last year’s marquee Wii U game Super Mario 3D World (and the user rating is 9.2, also very strong). And the 3DS version launched in October helped to build further awareness of the Wii U version.

According to NoA’s Scott Moffit, their holiday sales story is only just begun. “With great deals coming on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and great content like Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launching next week, Nintendo will offer shoppers the best combination of fun and value this holiday season.” What further deals he is referring to remain to be seen, but with a Cyber Sale happening on the eShop soon, there’s never a been a better time to buy Nintendo.

Are you one of the half-million who dove into Smash Bros. for Wii U this past weekened? Let us know in the comments.

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