3DS Games Most Likely To Sell A Million Copies
Nintendo recently announced that Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D have each crossed the one million copies sold mark in the United States, which means two things.
A.) Never mess with Mario and Zelda.
B.) 3DS has impressive momentum.
This should account for plenty of success moving forward, both for the big N and third parties hoping to make a dent in software sales.
With this in mind, these upcoming 2012 titles should hit one million in the U.S. and/or worldwide.
Animal Crossing 3DS
Believe it or not, the Animal Crossing franchise has sold roughly 16.5 million units globally; the DS' Wild World accounts for an incredible 10.8 million. Not bad for games featuring towns populated with talking animals. Apparently, players love going on quests to dig up fossils. Throw in the new 3DS game's ability to become the mayor (and go for a swim), and this highly anticipated life sim will easily achieve a cool million, and probably more after that.
Paper Mario 3DS
Let's see. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door surpassed 1.6 million copies sold around the world. It also stars Mario. Yea, this sounds easy enough to call. Paper Mario 3DS should be a global sensation, largely because of its sharp looking visuals, cool 3D effects and user-friendly battle system. We can't wait to blow away goombas with a giant fan.
Luigi's Mansion 2
Who says Mario's younger brother can't hold his own? Although critics pointed to a lack of Mario during the 2001 GameCube launch, Luigi's Mansion was without question the biggest title, going on to sell more than three million copies.
For the sequel, Nintendo has more ghost busting mayhem, but included a variety of new places to explore. Go ahead, Luigi. Show the haters how to dominate.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series is huge, with most of the games soaring past the one million checkpoint. Anticipation for Dream Drop Distance has been high, and with no other KH game in sight for PlayStation Vita and even consoles (Kingdom Hearts 3 seems like a ways off), we expect nothing but positivity at retail.
Resident Evil Revelations
It's always tough to predict how M-rated games will perform on Nintendo systems. The user-base doesn't necessarily jump at the chance to experience excessive blood and gore. That said, we think Revelations will have just enough appeal to reach a million, but it'll sit on the lower end of the spectrum.
Mario Tennis 3DS
Mario Tennis games routinely sell in the millions and the 3DS entry will be no exception, captivating players with wireless multiplayer, a wide cast of familiar Nintendo characters and gorgeous visuals. It's a winner.
Monster Hunter 4
Providing it makes a 2012 debut, Monster Hunter 4 will sell at least 750,000 copies (a low estimate) in Japan, then easily destroy a million once it reaches the U.S. and Europe. Fans just cannot get enough creature slaying, and since Capcom has no plans (at the moment) to bring this series to PlayStation Vita, it'll be the only portable Monster Hunter in town.