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Mario leads Nintendo 3DS, Wii U best-selling software titles

Nintendo's life-to-date top-selling software titles continue to be dominated by the company's iconic plumber, with titles like Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 leading sales, according the company's website.

Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, both released in fall 2011, have sold 8.29 million units and 8.08 million units respectively worldwide. New Super Mario Bros. 2 sold 6.42 units while Animal Crossing: New Leaf, released last November in Japan, has already sold 3.86 million units. The only game released in 2013 to secure a spot on the top-sellers list so far is Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, which has sold 1.22 million units since its launch last month.

Wii U's top software sellers are minigame compilation Nintendoland with 2.60 million units and New Super Mario Bros. U with 2.15 million. Wii software has also continued to sell, with Nintendo moving 3.98 million units during the fiscal year. Wii Sports tops the charts with 81.99 million units sold since its launch in 2006, bolstered by sales of the console bundle including the title. Mario Kart Wii has sold 34.26 million units, while dedicated console titles Wii Sports and Wii Play sold 31.89 and 28.02 million units respectively since their launch.

New Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart DS are the top sellers for the Nintendo DS, moving 30.38 million and 23.34 units. The Nintendogs series has continued to sell on both the DS and 3DS, with 23.94 million and 3.28 million units sold respectively for the systems since launch.

Last year, Nintendo's financial forecast for this fiscal year included increased profitability of the 3DS with the release of new software. The outlook counted on releases including New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, as well as the Wii U console and accompanying software, to assist in turning profits around.

Earlier today Nintendo announced its financial results for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2013. The company posted its second consecutive annual operating loss of 36.4 billion yen ($366 million), compared to last year's loss of 43.2 billion yen.

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