2D Mario for the win. A new instalment can’t come soon enough thanks to New Super Mario Bros. U’s smashing success.
Since the Nintendo Switch released almost four years ago (March 3, 2017), among new releases there have been plenty of ports and remasters and for good reason.
These ports done just help fill out Nintendo’s line-up, giving players more titles to enjoy, but for games that were overlooked due to releasing on the likes of the Wii U, it gives them another lease of life. To some, these ports are games new to them and they are something to be enjoyed. What’s more, when released on Switch, their selling power is insane.
From Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, to Bayonetta, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and the more recent Pikmin 3 Deluxe (now the best selling entry in the series), each game has performed exceptionally well. The most exceptional one of them all, however, is, of course, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
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Currently sitting at 33.41 million copies sold, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a best and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe isn’t doing so badly either. At 9.82 million sold, it has easily surpassed the 5.81 million sales New Super Mario Bros. U attained on the Wii U. Yet its success extends beyond even that as the Switch release also features the New Super Luigi U content, which on its own sold 3.06 million.
Still the combined sales of both Wii U titles are not enough to outpace New Super Mario Bros. U, which has managed to ship an extra 0.95 million copies more than the combined 8.87 million. (5.81 + 3.06 = 8.87) Overall, that’s not bad at all for a game that originally released in 2012 on Wii U and then given a second chance in 2019 on Switch. In fact, being as though the port has only been available for 25 months, at this point, there is every chance it has surpassed 10 million sales, which begs the question, “When’s the next 2D offering?”
Only time will tell, but in the meantime, with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury out now on Switch, it will be interesting to see just how this port performs. Released on the Wii U in 2013, it managed to ship 5.86 million copies, just narrowly outselling New Super Mario Bros. U. As a game many have hoped would come to Switch, surely its not a case of if it will ship more than 10 million copies, but when.