Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury sold some 250,000 boxed copies in its first week on sale in Japan, according to Famitsu data based on the game’s first three days of availability.
The title far outperformed the original version of Super Mario 3D World, which sold some 107,000 units when it debuted back in 2013 to a much smaller Wii U install base, representing the worst retail opening week for a 3D Mario game in Japan to date.
The game recorded the sixth-best opening week sales for a 3D Mario title in Japan, with less than half as many as frontrunner Mario Odyssey, a brand-new series entry which sold some 510,000 copies to a relatively small Switch install base when it released in 2017.
3D Mario opening week sales in Japan
- Super Mario Odyssey (Switch, Oct 2017) – 511,625
- Super Mario 3D Land (3DS, Nov 2011) – 344,698
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii, May 2010) – 337,569
- Super Mario Sunshine (GameCube, Jul 2002) – 280,610
- Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, Nov 2007) – 256,341
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Switch, Feb 2021) – 250,018
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Switch, Sep 2020) – 210,136
- Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64, Jun 1996) – 162,113
- Super Mario 64 DS (Nintendo DS, Dec 2004) – 120,062
- Super Mario 3D World (Wii U, Nov 2013) – 106,967
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury was comfortably the best-selling boxed title in the UK last week, with sales up almost three times on the Wii U original.
In terms of physical sales, the latest Mario’s UK launch was the third biggest on Switch, ahead of the 2D games Super Mario Maker 2 (June 2019) and New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (January 2019), but behind the 3D titles Odyssey (October 2017) and 3D All-Stars (September 2020).
“3D World is Nintendo EAD at its imaginative, brilliant best and remains a platforming triumph,” VGC said in its review. “Bowser’s Fury, while not nearly as inventive, offers hours of additional challenges and a welcome excuse to revisit a classic.”