It’s no surprise that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has been one of the most highly anticipated Nintendo titles of the year. It’s no surprise that Nintendo stood behind their game with the utmost confidence. It’s definitely no surprise that the game would sell so well, especially given that the release date was just around the corner from the holiday season.

“Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is now the fastest-selling Wii U title ever in the U.S. market”

What may be a surprise is that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has already surpassed the initial sales by Mario Kart 8 earlier this year in the United States. In a recent press release, Nintendo announced that the upcoming brawler is selling incredibly well since its launch in the country on November 21.

The press release reveals, “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is now the fastest-selling Wii U title ever in the U.S. market (dethroning Mario Kart 8), with more than 490,000 physical and digital units combined sold during the three-day period of Nov. 21 through Nov. 23.”

At first this number may not seem that impressive, with other blockbuster titles raking in millions in sales within the first few days of release. However, there are a few factors that put this figure into perspective; these are only sales figures for the US. Some people may be waiting for Black Friday or other holiday deals to arrive before picking up the title, and this is only three days after the release of the game.

“The Nintendo holiday is off to a great start, but there’s a lot of work left to do”

Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, Scott Moffit, had some interesting words to share about the upcoming holiday season. “The Nintendo holiday is off to a great start, but there’s a lot of work left to do and a few more surprises in store for our fans.”

What is most interesting about his comments is the portion where he states that there are “more surprises in store for our fans.” What surprises could there be with just a little over a month left in the year? Regardless, the fact that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has sold almost half a million copies in one country after only three days is a very good indicator for Nintendo moving forward. All signs seem to be pointing toward a very fruitful holiday season for the gaming company.