3D Land was also moving 3DS, not like a BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM, but it did over time and was the beginning of the wave of games, that made the 3DS successfull. Just wait till Mario Kart.
Didn't Wii U rise to 28k in Japan? Second consecutive week it rises. And it's not really holidays in Japan yet so that argument is invalid there. It's not moving as much as many have hoped though definitely but I can't remember when 3D Mario was last seen as a console mover.
While Galaxy 2 didn't moved any console, it have a 1.2M FW. Galaxy moved consoles the week before BF and had a 0.8M FW.
1. We were saying the same when games started to roll, and nothing happened. Then when price cut and WWHD, and neither. Then SM3DWorld, and nothing again.
2. GC Userbase was small, still put better numbers for Sunshine. Userbase can be small but needs to be active.
I did mention in another thread toady that Mario has become bigger on handhelds than on consoles in terms of impact. Yeah agreed with most of what you said but I've also felt that MArio complimented other lineups and rode the wave rather than a game that started the wave. That's my opinion at least.