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2018 Nintendo Sales, which are the best-selling hardwares and games?

As part of its annual earing report, Nintendo has just released its third quarter results for this financial year, is Nintendo Switch the best-selling hardware and which are the top-selling games from Nintendo, here to take a look.

2018 Nintendo Best-selling Hardware

Without any doubt, the console is the Nintendo Switch, which is a hybrid between a home console and a handheld machine, has transformed the company’s fortunes, proving to be its first big hit since the Wii was launched in 2006.

Nintendo has sold 14.86 million units of the Nintendo Switch in its current fiscal year, according to the company’s own numbers, with 52.57 million units of software sold alongside the system through Dec. 31, 2017. It already beats the Wii U’s lifetime sales of 13.56 million units of hardware.  which was launched in 2012 and took five years to sell 13.5m consoles before being scrapped as a commercial failure last year. However, the Switch only launched worldwide in early March 2017.

Nintendo Best-selling Softwares to 2018

Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8 have been ranked No.1 as games for different platforms. According to Nintendo, eight Switch titles reach the million units sold mark the fiscal year, but that figure does include games published by third parties. Total software sales were listed as 47 million units.

Nintendo 3ds are not dead, the company noted that “hardware sales did not weaken after the launch of Nintendo Switch.” Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon, both of which launched in November 2017, sold 7 million units combined, but 3DS software sales overall declined by 33% year-on-year.

Top-selling Switch games

  • Super Mario Odyssey – 9.07 Million
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 7.33 million
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 6.70 Million
  • Splatoon 2 – 4.91 million
  • 1-2 Switch – 1.88 million
  • ARMS – 1.61 million
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – 1.06 Million

Top-selling 3DS games

  • Mario Kart 7 – 16.76 million
  • Pokemon X / Y – 16.26 million
  • Pokemon Sun / Moon – 16.05 million
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire – 13.94 Million
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 12.43 million
  • Super Mario 3D Land – 11.77 Million
  • Animal Crosing: New Leaf – 11.59 Million
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – 9.16 million
  • Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon – 7.17 million
  • Tomodachi Life – 6.14 million

Top-selling Wii U Games

  • Mario Kart 8 – 8.40 million
  • New Super Mario Bros. U – 5.75 million
  • Super Mario 3D World – 5.75 Million
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – 5.32 million
  • Nintendo Land – 5.19 million
  • Splatoon – 4.91 million
  • Super Mario Maker – 3.99 million
  • New Super Luigi U – 3.02 million
  • Zelda: Wind Waker HD – 2.25 million
  • Mario Party 10 – 2.16 million

As you can see, the hottest and best-selling game in all Nintendo games is Mario Kart 7 for 3DS. It’s a surprise, of course here the amount only means the game’s retail cartridges. Indeed, another part of players have chosen to play Nintendo 3DS games via dowloading from the Internet, and use a flashcard to play them without buying the official game card.

How to play downloaded 3ds games in 2018?

As I said, there are quite a few players who do not buy the commercial cartridges but they can still play the 3ds games on any 3DS console, the secret is the 3ds flashcard.

The 3ds flash card are the third-party cartridges desinged for letting 3ds firmware device owner to play free downloaded 3ds roms with no need to use the retail 3ds game card. With it, you can download 3ds roms to play and you can play many games in a single cartridge.

Currently, the best 3ds game flashcard is Sky3ds+, it is hacking 90% Nintendo 3ds games to play them for free on any firmware version of 3DS, though it still can’t support eshop 3ds titles and out of region games, if you want to only cost 90$ to play Hundreds of 3ds games, Sky3ds+ is the cheap, easy and safe solution.

To download hot 3ds games such as Mario Kart 7, Pokemon X/Y, Super Mario 3D Land, Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon to a 3DS, 2DS, NEW 3DS Xl or 2DS XL console, you just need the 2 items.

  1. 3DS flashcard-Sky3ds plus.
  2. Microsd card-Sandisk sd card is better.

To play free multiple 3ds roms with Sky3ds+ on a Nintendo 3ds model, you only need to do this. Of course, the sky3ds+ is working on all 3DS system handhelds and firmware versions, because it’s emulating the official 3ds card to work on the 3DS.

A. Preparation

Format the Microsd card to Fat32. Make sure it’s a compatible microsd for sky3ds+.

B. Install and update firmware to the Sky3ds+.

Visit the official website( and download the latest firmware that is available. Once you download it, it will be in RAR format, extract the file using WinRAR or any other RAR extraction software. You will find a file called firmware.bin. Copy this file and place it into the root of your microSD card. Eject your microSD card to continue.

C. Download games to the Sky3ds+.

Go to to download 3ds roms, then also transfer .3DS games to the root of your microSD card, the filenames should end in .3DS. Remember that the game must be the same region as your console.

D. Play games.

Once you have transferred the games onto your microSD card, insert the Sky3DS+ with the microsd to your console. Your games will now appear on your 3DS/NEW 2DS, use the orange button to change titles.


Nintendo Switch games are not be hacked for now, but if you want to play free 3DS Games, you can make it while using the 3ds flashcard or a cheap NTRboothax card. The latter method is more complicated, to you who are also feel interested, just read out another article here.

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