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Mario is the #1 best selling franchise in the world appearing in over 200 games and selling more than 400 million units. He is arguably the most recognizable video game character of all time. He has only appeared in 15 "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)

Year Platform Title Sales
(in Millions)
1985 NES Super Mario Bros. 40.23 bundled
1988 NES Super Mario Bros. 2 10
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
2004 NDS Super Mario 64 DS 11.03
2006 NDS New Super Mario Bros. 30.75
2007 Wii Super Mario Galaxy 12.22
2009 Wii New Super Mario Bros. Wii 28.65
2010 Wii Super Mario Galaxy 2 7.33
2011 3DS Super Mario 3D Land 9.27
2012 3DS New Super Mario Bros. 2 7.82
2012 Wii U New Super Mario Bros. U 4.16
2013 Wii U Super Mario 3D World 2.17


Super Mario Bros. Edit

The Lost LevelsEdit

Super Mario Bros. 2Edit

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.

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 15.89 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

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Best selling franchises
Halo · Grand Theft Auto · Final Fantasy · The Legend of Zelda · Mario · Pokemon · Gran Turismo · Metal Gear Solid · Madden NFL · Call of Duty · Resident Evil · (more)
See also: Best selling games · Best selling franchises

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