It’s no secret that Nintendo is banking on Super Smash Bros. to be a success, as it’s something that the company sorely desires at this point in time. While the Wii U is in need of a boost – Mario Kart 8 helped bring a mild one to the console – the Big N isn’t shying away from money it can accumulate from its successful 3DS handheld in the meantime.
Despite the fact that gamers are still eagerly anticipating Super Smash Bros. for 3DS‘ arrival overseas, the game has already arrived at digital and physical storefronts in Japan. Not only has the game hit retailers, but it has now smashed (pun intended) the charts in the land of the rising sun; selling over a million copies in its launch weekend.
This places the new Super Smash Bros. title in a very exclusive club that’s built up by the likes of Pokemon X/Y, Monster Hunter 4 and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Head/Founder – the latter of which probably won’t sound too familiar to Western audiences. Regardless, all of the aforementioned titles managed to sell over a million copies within their first week at retail in Japan and the portable debut of Smash is on track to rack up many more before the week is through.
Nintendo will want to follow up this success with a similar one for the Wii U when Super Smash Bros. eventually lands on the home hardware. That said, the game is currently stuck with only a rumored release date, which means Nintendo needs to nail down an official calendar date for the product sooner rather than later in order to maintain the appeal and momentum of the series.
It’s not hard to imagine that the success of the title will transfer to markets outside of its region of origin either, as the global appeal of the property is unquestionable. Admittedly, there’s a certain appeal that accompanies the ability to punch Mario in the face with Little Mac or dropkick Pikachu with Bowser.
Super Smash Bros. will be released for the Nintendo 3DS on October 3, 2014 in North America, with the Wii U version confirmed to arrive at some point within the Holiday 2014 window.
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