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Are Animal Crossing: New Leaf Sales A Sign Nintendo Needs To Change Their Franchises?

January 4, 2013

Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been out in Japan since November 18th, the same day as the Wii U’s launch in North America. Since then, it has become the first 3DS game in Japan to reach 2,00,000 sales. This hasn’t been matched by blockbuster titles such as New Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3DLand, even though the later of the three have been out for over a year. This game has boosted 3DS sales in Japan, which constantly outsells the PSP, PS Vita, PS3 and even the Wii U.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf was the first Animal Crossing game to change the games ‘design’ since the N64 original, released over a decade ago. This has lead to it becoming the fastest selling 3DS game ever. Just to prove the point of how well the game is selling, I’ll show other Nintendo titles game figures below:

• Animal Crossing: New Leaf (8/11/12) – 2,000,000 [3DS]
• New Super Mario Bros. 2 (28/7/12) – 1,670,000 [3DS]
• Paper Mario: Sticker Star (6/12/12) – 343,000 [3DS]
• New Super Mario Bros. U (8/12/12) – 312,000 [Wii U]
• Pokèmon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (23/11/12) – 341,000 [3DS]
• Mario Kart 7 (1/12/11) – 1,700,00 [3DS]
• Super Mario 3DLand (3/11/12) – 1,560,000 [3DS]
• Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (16/6/11) – 1,000,000 [3DS]

Out of all these games, other then Paper Mario: Sticker Star, New Super Mario Bros. U and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the newest game. Outselling the rest in this short timeframe is a great feet, and perhaps it’s because of innovation. They changed the series and it sold, simple as that. NSMB2 sold a large quantity, but it has been out for a long time. It was the third NSMB game in a row without any real changes, and a forth came later in the same year. The 3DS NSMB game didn’t have poor sales, but if Nintendo changed some things here and there, perhaps we would be looking at another 2,000,000.

Nintendo have changed things in the past, Galaxy was different, and brilliant. In my opinion, Galaxy 2 was similar, and boring. The next Smash Bros could do with a major revamp, perhaps get rid of the games 2D mechanics. 3D fighting? You could make it multi-2D, think Little Big Planet. Just something to keep it fresh. Mario Kart could add characters from Zelda, Kirby, Metroid and other Nintendo franchises, just like Smash Bros. It just gives the game something better then flying or underwater driving.

Overall, I think Nintendo just need to change things in their releases. If they bring out yet another NSMB game, will I buy it? No. Being mayor in Animal Crossing was big. They need stuff like this in their other franchise to see more 2,000,000. Perhaps this will happen at E3.


From → 3DS, Wii U

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