Recent 3DS title Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey has had a pretty rough launch period, with early sales showing that it is currently sitting amongst the worst-selling Mario titles ever released.
In its home region of Japan, Mario & Luigi: BIS + BJJ (how do you shorten the name of this thing?!) has been struggling to break the top 50 chart positions in recent weeks despite only launching at the very end of December. You probably don’t need us to tell you that Mario games usually perform incredibly strongly in the Japanese charts, but a life-to-date sales estimate of just over 20,000 units is worryingly low for our favourite plumber.
To put this into perspective, other recent release New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe has already shifted an estimated 381,469 units with less time on sale. Of course, the game is part of a different series and perhaps appeals to a slightly different audience, but both games are essentially ports of older titles with the main difference being the system of choice – 3DS for Mario & Luigi, and Switch for Mario Bros. U Deluxe.
The estimated figures come from GameDataLibrary, which has tracked Japanese sales for all games up to 3rd February at the time of writing. The screenshot captured below shows the worst-selling, Nintendo-published Mario games to date in Japan and, as you can see, Mario & Luigi: BIS + BJJ is currently sitting amongst download-only titles and even a Virtual Boy game.
Sales will undoubtedly rise from this number a little over the coming weeks, but considering it has already dropped out of the top 50 bestsellers by a considerable margin, it won’t be rising as much as fans of the series might hope. Whether or not this might impact the future of the Mario & Luigi series is unclear, but it looks pretty safe to say that releasing the game as a 3DS exclusive didn’t help this one’s chances.
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