Super Smash Bros 3DS sold over 1 million copies in two days

According to Nintendo, their cross-franchise fighting game, Super Smash Bros 3DS, sold over 1 million copies in Japan over the last weekend. That’s two days from its release in Nintendo’s home country. The company states this number sums up both digital and retail sales.

Super Smash Bros 3DS is the fourth 3DS game to reach this sales milestone after two days. The others are Monster Hunter 4, Pokemon X+Y and Yokai Watch 2, which is a local favorite in Japan. While the 3DS version sold well, fans are still waiting for the Wii U release date. Nintendo haven’t confirmed anything, but the game is expected to be released sometime in November.

Nintendo released Super Smash Bros 3DS in Japan on September 13. The international version will come out in October 3, 2014. Of course, the fact that the game only got released on Saturday didn’t stop several Japanese gamers from getting it earlier. They started streaming their gameplay on Twitch and they kept playing until they revealed the whole character roster, including the secret characters that Nintendo intended for players to discover themselves while playing. Among these characters you will recognize Wario, Ganondorf, Bowser Jr, Dr. Mario, Dark Pit, Ness, Falco, the dog and a duck from Duck Hunt and many others.

The Super Smash Bros series is different from other fighting games through several features. First of all, in these games, the purpose is not to fight until one player’s health bar drops to zero. Instead, the aim is to throw your opponent off the battle arena. The arena is not a typical ring, but an open area, usually represented by suspended platforms. If a player gets thrown off, he/she can use the character’s jumping abilities to get back up. There are characters who jump higher than others and characters who are heavier than others and therefore are harder to throw off the arena. The health bars are actually percentages that fill as you take damage and that can go over 100%. One thing for which Super Smash Bros is praised is its simple controls.