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Nintendo Reveals Million-Selling Titles, 2009 Line-Up

Nintendo Reveals Million-Selling Titles, 2009 Line-Up

January 30, 2009 | By Eric Caoili

January 30, 2009 | By Eric Caoili
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Nintendo revealed that 26 of its first-party titles released for Nintendo DS and Wii exceeded at least one million copies sold worldwide in the company's current fiscal year ending March 2008, and announced its upcoming slate for the two consoles.

Pet simulation game Nintendogs, which has been released with five different versions for DS since first debuting in 2005, has so far sold 21.67 million copies globally.

Brain Age and Brain Age 2 moved 16.82 and 13.27 million units in their lifetime, while Pokemon Diamond and Pearl sold a total of 16.48 million. Pokemon Platinum, which has so far only been released in Japan and is coming stateside in March, has already seen 2.4 million copies sold.

The complete list of Nintendo DS's 15 first-party, million-selling titles follows:

Nintendogs - 21.67 million
New Super Mario Bros. - 17.63 million
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day - 16.82 million
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl - 16.48 million
Mario Kart DS - 13.79 million
Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day - 13.27 million
Animal Crossing: Wild World - 10.57 million
Super Mario 64 DS - 7.16 million
Mario Party DS - 5.49 million
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness - 4.4 million
Pokémon Platinum version - 2.4 million
Kirby Super Star Ultra - 2.19 million
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia - 1.80 million
Rhythm Heaven - 1.71 million
Personal Trainer: Cooking - 1.68 million

The company's Wii releases also saw a substantial number of million-sellers, such as Wii Sports, which saw 40.5 million copies sold to date (including non-bundled discs in Japan and bundled discs in other territories).

Peripheral- and controller-packed games Wii Play, Wii Fit, and Mario Kart Wii were also at the top of the list, selling 20.91, 14.01, and 13.67 million units, respectively.

The complete list of Wii's 11 first-party, million-selling titles follows:

Wii Sports - 40.50 million
Wii Play (Wii Remote bundled) - 20.91 million
Wii Fit - 14.01 million
Mario Kart Wii - 13.67 million
Super Smash Bros. Brawl - 8.10 million
Super Mario Galaxy - 7.66 million
Mario Party - 6.28 million
Link's Crossbow Training (packaged with Wii Zapper) - 3.44 million
Animal Crossing: City Folk - 3.22 million
Wii Music - 2.5 million
Mario Super Sluggers - 1.21 million

The company shared its upcoming slate of releases for all territories, with a Western launch planned for its new Nintendo DSi model this "spring-summer". Released in Japan in November 2008, the updated handheld adds two built-in cameras, an SD card slot, and a download shop to the previous model.

The critically-acclaimed Rhythm Heaven, known as Rhythm Tengoku in Japan, will its debut in the U.S. during the first half of 2009. Mario & Luigi RPG 3, the latest entry in the company's playful RPG series for its plumber mascots, will also release sometime in North America this year.

Wii Sports Resort, along with its Wii MotionPlus peripheral designed to better capture user movements, is slated for the first half of 2009, as is the new Punch-Out!! game developed by Canadian studio Next Level Games. Treasure's on-rails shooter Sin and Punishment is planned for release later in 2009.

Interestingly, the company announced that two new sequels, Another Code R and Endless Ocean 2, were announced for both Japan and Europe, but not the U.S. Titles scheduled for Japan also include Spurn Smasher, Cosmic Walker, and Line Attack Heroes.


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