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We can complain about its limited availability or half-hearted porting job all we want, but Super Mario 3D All-Stars has become a big sales success for Nintendo.

The compilation was the No. 2 best-selling game in the U.S. in September, according to The NPD Group. It is also already the No. 10 best-selling game of the year so far. Super Mario 3D All-Stars launched for Switch on September 18. It includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy.

“Super Mario 3D All-Stars launch month physical dollar sales rank as the 6th biggest for a Nintendo-published title in U.S. history,” NPD video game industry analyst Mat Piscatella noted. “Super Mario 3D All-Stars trails only Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Pokémon Stadium in physical launch month dollar sales.”

For whatever reason, 3D All-Stars will only be available for purchase until March 31. That forced scarcity could be what is driving up these launch sales numbers.


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Or people could just be happy to have three classic 3D platformers on their Switch. Now that Nintendo knows these games can sell, maybe we’ll get Super Mario Galaxy 2 on Switch.


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