Smash release week was the Wii U’s biggest week since launch


NPD Group sales for the month of November have been released, revealing that the Wii U had its best-selling week since the launch of the system way back in 2012. Lots of good news for Nintendo came in from the report, including great news about the adoption rate of amiibo, as well as great sales numbers for the Nintendo 3DS.

The best-selling portable title by far for the month was Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS. Year-to-date since launch, it has managed to sell 1.5 million units in the United States alone. Sales of the Nintendo 3DS grew 40% as well, thanks to Black Friday deals from several retailers.

The Nintendo 3DS was not the only system to see growth, as the Wii U saw sales rise 10%, while software sales for the Wii U rose 90%, thanks to the release of Super Smash Bros. and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. The week of November 23 was the Wii U’s biggest hardware sales week since launch, meaning lots of people bought into the Wii U in order to experience the new Super Smash Bros. game.

Amiibo has been doing exceedingly well, with NPD revealing that sales of the amiibo have been on par with sales of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which managed to move 710,000 since launch on November 21. Currently the most popular amiibo figures are Link, Mario and Pikachu.

With Nintendo having a great year so far, it looks like the Wii U could finally be hitting its stride with great software and support.