Super Mario 3D Land sets new Nintendo record

Super Mario 3D Land has sold half a million units  in the United States since its launch on November 11, making it the fastest-selling handheld Mario game of all time.

Nintendo Of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told USA Today that sales of the 3DS itself rose 325 per cent in the week Mario's 3DS debut was released. Wii swan-song The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword has sold 535,000 units since its release on November 20, with half a million Wiis sold on annual US retail spree Black Friday.

"We know that Black Friday and that entire week is a key selling week, and it is important for products like ours to have a jump in momentum, and we were fortunate to see that," he said. "For us, it really was driven by unique and powerful software and what gives us confidence is that we still have more software to launch in the balance of this holiday period."