Prior to its release in November last year, Nintendo expressed great confidence in New Super Mario Bros. Wii‘s ability to compete in the marketplace. And according to the latest sales charts from Japan’s Weekly Famitsu, it appears that confidence was well-placed.
Following is the ranking of the top five sales numbers in home console games since 1996:
- [WII] New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo) – 3,894,356 (Through July 4, 2010)
- [PS1] Dragon Quest VII (Enix) – 3,893,293
- [WII] Wii Sports (Nintendo) – 3,634,806 (Through March 28, 2010)
- [WII] Wii Fit (Nintendo) – 3,560,889 (Through March 28, 2010)
- [PS2] Dragon Quest VIII (Square-Enix) – 3,555,469
In addition, here is the top five number of games shipped for home consoles prior to 1996:
- [FC/NES] Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo) – 6.81m
- [FC/NES] Super Mario Bros. 3 (Nintendo) – 3.84m
- [SFC/SNES] Super Mario Kart (Nintendo) – 3.82m
- [FC/NES] Dragon Quest III (Enix) – 3.77m
- [SFC/SNES] Super Mario World (Nintendo) – 3.55m
New Super Mario Bros. Wii has clearly seen great success during the seven and a half months it has been on sale in Japan, and has certainly proven the viability of 2D gaming in more than just the digital and portable marketplaces. And with Donkey Kong Country Returns and Kirby’s Epic Yarn due to arrive before the year is out, it seems clear that Nintendo is ready to keep that train rolling.
The only question left is whether or not this new Super Mario Bros. will eventually overcome the old, which is the one pre-1996 game it has yet to surpass. 2,915,644 is a number most games would love to sell in their lifetimes, but that remains the difference between the sales of the two at present. Can it be done?