Super Smash Bros., Pokemon and Amiibo lead Nintendo to success.
After a rather disheartening 2013 where many questioned the overall viability of the Wii U in the console business, Nintendo came back with one smash hit after another in 2014. The latest NPD Report revealed that Wii U hardware sales are up by 10 percent year on year while software sales are up by an incredible 90 percent year on year.
This was mostly due to the release of Super Smash Bros. Wii U which sold 710,000 units in both retail and digital. The other surprise success has been the Amiibo figurines which have notched up sales roughly equivalent to those of Super Smash Bros. Wii U. It should be mentioned that Link is the best-selling figure till date followed by Mario and Pikachu.
The Nintendo 3DS continues to do well with a 40 percent increase in year on year software sales thanks to Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby which sold a combined 1.5 million units in roughly 10 days (both games released on November 21st). Super Smash Bros. 3DS also stands at 1.5 million units over its lifetime having release in October.