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 New Super Mario Bros. Wii  Passes 10 Million Units
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Passes 10 Million Units
January 25, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander

January 25, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander
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Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros Wii has passed 10 million units sold worldwide since it released late in 2009, putting it well past Super Mario Galaxy's life to date total in the U.S.

The figures come from a Nikkei.net report translated by consumer weblog Kotaku, which breaks down the global totals: NSMB Wii has sold 3 million units in Japan, where it launched on December 3; 3 million copies in Europe, where it launched November 20, and 4.5 million units in North America, where it launched November 15. Super Mario Galaxy has sold 4.1 million units in North America since 2007.

The game's design hearkens back to the two-dimensional, sidescrolling style of earlier Mario titles; in comments to the press, designer Shigeru Miyamoto has said the game aimed to address both longtime Nintendo fans and new Wii owners seeking an accessible touchpoint to the franchise.

The numbers would seem to suggest that these traits successfully generated more mass appeal for NSMB Wii than for the three-dimensional and far less familiar Super Mario Galaxy, which sent the plumber navigating more innovative spherical space environments.

New Super Mario Wii's greater sales success also comes despite being 10 points lower-rated on Metacritic than Super Mario Galaxy, the former scoring a rating of 87 and the latter 97.


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gstarr W
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NSMBW will kill Call of Duty/MW2 in sales by next month. It has only Wii-play as it's biggest competition for best selling game of this century.

Kevin Jones
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@ gstarr -



"NSMBW will kill Call of Duty/MW2 in sales by next month"



Dream on!

MW2 sold that 10 million units in just its first 5 days alone!

It's taken NSMB(Wii) nearly 3 months just to sell that 10 million units.



Already, MW2 is the 3rd biggest selling game in UK history, having outsold every single Wii game ever launched in the UK, inlcuding Wii Play, Wii Fit amd Mario Kart.

In the US, MW2 has already outsold every single Wii game apart from Wii Play, and it did that in just 2 months.

Right now, MW2 has sold 12 million units just the US and the UK alone

Plus an estimated another 4 mililion in the rest of Europe

That's 16 milliom already

Plus at least 600,000 in Canada, plus 200,000 in Japan, plus at least another 200,000 in the rest of Asia, Australia etc, making 17 million MW2 units sold altogether.

We haven't even added in MW2 retail sales on the PC, and MW2 Steam sales.

And MW2 is still outseling the NSMB(Wii) every single week in the UK.

Ken Masters
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Welcome back, Kevin! I know the past couple months have been tough for you...!



Anyways, the bit about Metacritic... there's such a huge disconnect between the general consumer and the folks who review games that metacritic is hardly a viable barometer at all.

Kevin Jones
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@ Ken Masters





"Welcome back, Kevin! I know the past couple months have been tough for you...!"



You are kidding right?

I predicted MW2 will blow NSMB(Wii) out of the water, and currently, MW2 has outsold NSMB(Wii) by approx 17 million(MW2) to 10 million(NSMB Wii)

What is "rough for me" about that?



"Anyways, the bit about Metacritic... there's such a huge disconnect between the general consumer and the folks who review games that metacritic is hardly a viable barometer at all"



Of course Metacritic has plenty to do with game sales on the 360 and the PS3.

All the top selling games on the 360 have had high Metacritic scores.

MW2, Halo 3, COD 4, the 3 top selling games on the 360 all had very high Metacritic scores.

John Gordon
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On another site I read that this is the fastest a game has ever reached 10 million on a single system. Quite impressive when you consider these Nintendo titles tend to sell well for years afterward.

Roberto Alfonso
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Hehehe, Kevin is back ^_^ Recovered from your earlier Japanese prediction?



"It's taken NSMB(Wii) nearly 3 months just to sell that 10 million units."



8 weeks is nearly 3 months? Your year is quite short ^_^ 17m? You know, the original game sold 17m combined, if MW2 had reached that amount we would have seen Activision's press release stating MW2 has sold in a few months what MW has sold since launched.

gstarr W
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NSMBW will be a top 10 selling title every month of 2010 in every major market worldwide. MW2 will be forgotten as soon as the next big shooter hits the market and the "hardcore" move on to the next big thing. MW2 has no chance of outselling NSMBW.


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