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Mario is the #1 best selling franchise in the world appearing in over 200 games and selling more than 500 million units. He is arguably the most recognizable video game character of all time. He has appeared in 23 "main" games, starting from Super Mario Bros. on the NES (though he first appeared in Donkey Kong and then in the arcades with Mario Bros).

Sales data from List of best-selling video games (Wikipedia)

Total Sales Edit

The series had sold 100 million units by 1993.[1] To date, the series has sold more than 500 million units.


Year Platform Title Sales
(in Millions)
1985 NES Super Mario Bros. 40.24 bundled
1986 NES Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels 2.65
1988 NES Super Mario Bros. 2 7.46
1988 NES Super Mario Bros. 3 17.28
1989 GB Super Mario Land 18.14
1991 SNES Super Mario World 20.61
1992 GB Super Mario Land 2 11.18
1994 GB Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land 5.19
1995 SNES Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 4.12
1996 N64 Super Mario 64 11.91
2002 NGC Super Mario Sunshine 5.91
2006 NDS New Super Mario Bros. 30.80
2007 Wii Super Mario Galaxy 12.69
2009 Wii New Super Mario Bros. Wii 29.79
2010 Wii Super Mario Galaxy 2 7.41
2011 3DS Super Mario 3D Land 10.81
2012 3DS New Super Mario Bros. 2 10.39
2012 Wii U New Super Mario Bros. U 5.34
2013 Wii U New Super Luigi U 2.64
2013 Wii U Super Mario 3D World 5.01
2015 Wii U Super Mario Maker 3.65

Remakes Edit

Year Platform Title Sales
(in Millions)
1993 SNES Super Mario All Stars 10.55
1999 GBC Super Mario Bros. DX 5.07
2001 GBA Super Mario Advance 5.57
2001 GBA Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 5.69
2002 GBA Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 2.83
2003 GBA Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 5.43
2004 GBA Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros. 2.27
2004 NDS Super Mario 64 DS 11.06
2011 Wii Super Mario All-Stars 2.24

Sales BreakdownEdit

Super Mario Bros. Edit

Super Mario Bros. was the best-selling game ever for quite some time, only overridden by Super Mario Bros. 3, then taking back the lead with over 40 million units sold. It has received several remakes, including Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, Super Luigi Bros. (included with NES Remix 2), a remake for the Virtual Console, and Super Mario All-Stars. It is the best-selling game on the NES and arguably the best-selling video game of all time, only being overridden by Tetris, although Tetris has had many adaptions for multiple consoles.

The Lost LevelsEdit

Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels (Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan) does not have an estimate of how many copies it has sold.

Super Mario Bros. 2Edit

Super Mario Bros. 2 has sold ~10 million copies, making it the 4th best-selling game on the NES.

Super Mario Bros. 3Edit

Super Mario LandEdit

Super Mario World Edit

Super Mario Land 2Edit

Super Mario Land 3: Wario LandEdit

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's IslandEdit

Super Mario 64Edit

Super Mario SunshineEdit

Of the six 3D Mario video games, Super Mario Sunshine sold the least at 5.9 million. Nevertheless it was still the third best selling title on the GameCube, only being beaten by Super Smash Bros. Melee, which managed to sell a whopping 7.41 million copies, and Mario Kart: Double Dash, which sold 6.88 million.

According to the NPD, Super Mario Sunshine was the tenth best selling game of 2002 in North America. It is considered a commercial success.

Super Mario 64 DSEdit

This is a remake of Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64. They still shipped some copies of the game in 2015.

New Super Mario Bros.Edit

New Super Mario Bros. is one of the most successful video games of all time. It has sold a whopping 30.72 million copies worldwide. While considered the third best selling title for the Nintendo DS, the other two have multiple versions (Pokémon having 3 and Nintendogs having 5), so it can actually be said that New Super Mario Bros. is the best selling video game for the system.

So far the game has sold 5.2 million copies in Japan. In its first 12 weeks of sell in America, it sold an estimated 20 copies every single minute.

Super Mario GalaxyEdit

Super Mario Galaxy has gained a wide commercial and critical success. As of March 31, 2008, Galaxy has sold 6.1 million copies worldwide (0.93 million in Japan, and 5.17 in other regions), making it the best-selling unbundled Wii game and the third best-selling Nintendo-published game for the Wii. The two games that outsold it, Wii Sports and Wii Play, were bundled with the console or a Wii Remote. According to the NPD Group, since the launch of the Wii, Super Mario Galaxy has become the third best-selling video game in Canada as of April 1, 2008.

New Super Mario Bros. WiiEdit

New Super Mario Bros. Wii is the 3rd best-selling Mario game with 29.32 million, the 2nd being its predecessor, New Super Mario Bros., and the 1st being the original Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario 3D Land Edit

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Edit

New Super Mario Bros. U and Luigi U Edit

Super Mario 3D World Edit

Super Mario Maker Edit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


Best selling franchises
Best selling franchises · Highest grossing franchises

Mario · Pokemon · Street Fighter · Grand Theft Auto · Call of Duty · Sonic the Hedgehog · Final Fantasy · Madden NFL · The Legend of Zelda · Gran Turismo · Resident Evil · Halo · Metal Gear Solid · (more)

See also: Best selling games · Best selling games worldwide

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