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Mario is the best selling video game franchise in the world, appearing in over 200 video games and selling 578 million units. The titular protagonist, Mario, is arguably the most recognizable video game character of all time, rivaled only by Pac-Man, Sonic and Pikachu.

The franchise consists of several sub-series. The main series, Super Mario, began with Super Mario Bros. on the NES. The Mario franchise began in the arcades, with the early Donkey Kong games and Mario Bros.

Sales figures Edit

The Mario franchise had sold over 160 million units by 2002,[1] and 577.67 million units as of 2016. This includes the core Super Mario series and several other Mario series. Sales do not include digital distribution through the Virtual Console service.

Super Mario series Edit

The core Super Mario series had sold over 100 million units by 1993,[2] and 324.92 million units as of 2016.

Year Platform' Title Sales
(millions)
Ref
[3]
Revenue
(million US$)
(no inflation)
Revenue
(million US$)
(with inflation)
Ref
[1][4]
1985 Super Mario Bros. 47.58 1773 3948
1985 NES Super Mario Bros. 40.24 [5] 1584 3527 [n 2]
1999 GBC Super Mario Bros. DX 5.07 [n 3] 152 219 [n 4]
2004 GBA Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros. 2.27 [n 5] 37 47 [n 6]
1986 Super Mario Bros. 2 / The Lost Levels 7.73 242 529
1986 FDS Super Mario Bros. 2 / The Lost Levels 2.66 [n 7] 90 198 [14]
1999 GBC Super Mario Bros. DX 5.07 [n 3] 152 219 [n 4]
1988 Super Mario Bros. 2 / Super Mario USA 15.57 577 1168
1988 NES Super Mario Bros. 2 / Super Mario USA 10 [15] 400 810 [16]
2001 GBA Super Mario Advance 5.57 [n 8] 177 239 [n 9]
1988 Super Mario Bros. 3 23.43 1485 3008
1988 NES Super Mario Bros. 3 18 [20] 1262 2556 [n 10]
2003 GBA Super Mario Advance 4:
Super Mario Bros. 3
5.43 [n 11] 223 291 [n 12]
1989 Super Mario Land series 34.51 1115 2154
1989 GB Super Mario Land 18.14 [7] 490 947 [26]
1992 GB Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins 11.18 [7] 481 821 [27]
1994 GB Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land 5.19 [n 13] 144 233 [n 14]
1990 Super Mario World 26.3 1984 3637
1990 SNES Super Mario World 20.61 [31] 1748 3205 [n 15]
2001 GBA Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World 5.69 [n 16] 235 318 [n 17]
1995 Super Mario All-Stars 12.79 900 1492
1993 SNES Super Mario All-Stars 10.55 [7] 830 1376 [35]
2011 Wii Super Mario All-Stars:
25th Anniversary Edition
2.24 [n 18] 70 75 [n 19]
1995 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 6.95
1995 SNES Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 4.12 [40]
2002 GBA Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island 2.83 [10]
1996 Super Mario 64 22.97
1996 N64 Super Mario 64 11.91 [31] 1125 1718 [n 20]
2004 NDS Super Mario 64 DS 11.06 [41]
2002 Super Mario Sunshine 6.31
2002 NGC Super Mario Sunshine 6.31 [42]
2006 New Super Mario Bros. series 79.39
2006 NDS New Super Mario Bros. 30.80 1785 2121 [n 21]
2009 Wii New Super Mario Bros. Wii 30.05 2185 2439 [43]
2012 3DS New Super Mario Bros. 2 11.27
Wii U New Super Mario Bros. U 5.68 459 479 [44]
2013 Wii U New Super Luigi U 2.95
2007 Super Mario Galaxy series 20.39
2007 Wii Super Mario Galaxy 12.75
2010 Wii Super Mario Galaxy 2 7.67
2011 Super Mario 3D series 16.17
2011 3DS Super Mario 3D Land 11.27
2013 Wii U Super Mario 3D World 5.60 475 488 [45]
2015 Super Mario Maker 5.9
2015 Wii U Super Mario Maker 3.95
2016 3DS Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS 2.34 [46]
2016 Super Mario Run 4
2016 iOS Super Mario Run 4 [47][48]
Total sales 324.92

Other Mario games Edit

Debut Series / Games Sales
(millions)
Ref Revenue
(million US$)
(no inflation)
Revenue
(million US$)
(with inflation)
Ref
1981 Donkey Kong (classic series) 20.347
1981 Donkey Kong (arcade games) 14.48 [49] 2342 6170 [49]
2004 Mario vs. Donkey Kong series 5.87 [49]
1990 Mario puzzle games 5.022937
1990 Dr. Mario 4.85 [50]
2003 Nintendo Puzzle Collection 0.05 [51]
2005 Dr. Mario & Panel de Pon 0.12 [52]
1996 Mario role-playing games 23.413056
1996 Super Mario RPG 2.14 [50]
2001 Paper Mario series 9.88 [53]
Mario & Luigi series 11.39 [54]
1999 Mario Sports series 45.143856 [55]
2007 Mario & Sonic series 26.9 [56]
Other Mario games 159.492812
1983 Mario Bros. (NES) 2.28 [50] 139 334 [57]
1992 Mario Kart series 114.93 [58]
1998 Mario Party series 41.73 [59]
2004 Mario Pinball 0.1 [52]
2005 Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix 0.06
2015 Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Bros. Edition 0.39 [60]
Total sales 252.749661

Super Mario sales historyEdit

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.

Super Mario Bros. 2Edit

Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels (Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan) sold 2.65 million units for the Famicom Disk System in Japan.

Super Mario Bros. 2 (Super Mario USA in Japan) has sold 10 million copies, making it the 4th best-selling game on the NES.

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

Super Mario 64 DS is a remake of Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64. Copies of the game were still being shipped 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.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Super Mario Bros. (non-bundled) in Japan: 6.81 million[6] cartridges at ¥5292 ($66) each
  2. Super Mario Bros. sales revenue: 40.24 million cartridges
    • Japan (not bundled) - 6.81 million cartridges = $449.5 million[n 1]
    • Overseas (including bundles) - 33.43 million cartridges at $34 (average price) each = $1134 million
  3. 3.0 3.1 Super Mario Bros. DX: 5.07 million[7]
  4. 4.0 4.1 Super Mario Bros. DX price: $29.95[9]
  5. Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros. - 2.27 million[10]
    • Famicom Mini: Super Mario Bros. - 1.32 million in Japan[6]
  6. Super Mario Bros. DX:
    • Japan: 1.32 million units at ¥2056[11] ($19.04)[12] = $25.133 million
    • Overseas: 950,000 units at $11.99[13] = $11.4 million
  7. Super Mario Bros. 2 (Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels) - 2.66 million (Japan)[6]
  8. Super Mario Advance: 5.57 million[10]
    • United States: 2.85 million[8]
  9. Super Mario Advance:
    • United States: 2.85 million units at $19.99[17] = $60 million
    • Elsewhere: 2.72 million units at ¥5184[18] ($43)[19] = $117 million
  10. 18 million units sold worldwide.[20] By April 1993, 4 million units in Japan and 7 million units in the US.[21]
    • Japan: 4 million units at ¥7020 ($88) each = $352 million
    • US: 7 million units at $49.99 [1][2][3] each = $350 million
    • Elsewhere: 7 million units at £39.99 ($80) each = $560 million
  11. Super Mario Advance 4: 5.43 million[22]
    • United States: 2.88 million[8]
  12. Super Mario Advance:
    • United States: 2.88 million units at $34.99[23] = $101 million
    • Elsewhere: 2.55 million units at ¥5184[24] ($48)[25] = $122.4 million
  13. Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land - 5.19 million units[7]
    • Japan: 1.59 million units[6]
  14. Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land
    • Japan: 1.59 million units at ¥4212[28] ($45)[29] = $72 million
    • Overseas: 3.6 million units at $19.99[30] = $72 million
  15. Super Mario World sales revenue: 20.61 million cartridges = $1731 million
    • Japan: 3.55 million cartridges (non-bundled) = $383.4 million[32]
    • Overseas: 17.06 million cartridges (including North American bundles) at £39.99 ($80) each = $1365 million
  16. Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World - 5.69 million units[31]
    • United States: 3.16 million units[8]
  17. Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
    • United States: 3.16 million units at $39.99[33] = $126.4 million
    • Elsewhere: 2.53 million units at ¥5184[34] ($43)[19] = $109 million
  18. Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition - 2.24 million[36]
    • Japan: 920,000
    • Overseas: 1.32 million
  19. Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition
    • Japan: 920,000 units at ¥2571[37] ($32.21)[38] = $30 million
    • Overseas: 1.32 million units at $29.99[39] = $40 million
  20. Super Mario 64 sales revenues: 11.91 million units
    • Japan: 1.92 million[6] units at ¥10,584 ($133) each = $255.4 million
    • Overseas: 9.99 million units at $87 (average price) each = $869.13 million
  21. New Super Mario Bros. revenue: 30.38 million units = $1785 million


ReferencesEdit

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  2. Computer & Video Games, issue 141
  3. Sales data from List of best-selling video games (Wikipedia) unless otherwise noted
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 CESA Games White Papers. Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association. 2004. https://web.archive.org/web/20060105171901/report.cesa.or.jp/english/whitepaper/. (ALL TIME NINTENDO MILLION SELLERS)
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  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 CESA Games White Papers. Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association.
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  12. 108 JPY to USD in 2004
  13. http://ign.com/games/super-mario-bros/gba-627893
  14. 2.66 million units at ¥2700 ($34)
  15. All Time Top 20 Best Selling Games and More (May 21, 2003)
  16. 10 million units at $39.95
  17. http://ign.com/games/super-mario-bros-2/gba-15853
  18. https://www.famitsu.com/cominy/?m=pc&a=page_h_title&title_id=15922
  19. 19.0 19.1 121 JPY to USD in 2001
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Super Mario Bros voted greatest computer game ever". The Daily Telegraph (London). 2008-07-27. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2463142/Super-Mario-Bros-voted-greatest-computer-game-ever.html. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
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  22. Nintendo software and hardware sales data from 1983 to present, December 2014
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  25. 108 JPY to USD in 2004
  26. 18.14 million units at $27 (average price) each
  27. 11.18 million units at $43 (average) each
  28. https://www.famitsu.com/cominy/?m=pc&a=page_h_title&title_id=13159
  29. 93.96 JPY to USD in 1995
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  32. 3.55 million cartridges at ¥8640 ($108) each
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  35. Super Mario All-Stars: 10.55 million units
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  38. 79.8297 JPY to USD in 2011
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  43. New Super Mario Bros. Wii:
  44. New Super Mario Bros. U - 5.62 million units
  45. 5.47 million units
  46. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2017/170427_6e.pdf
  47. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/01/super-mario-run-sales-nintendo-financial-q4-2016/
  48. Super Mario Run has been downloaded 90 million times but only 3 million have bought it
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 Donkey Kong
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 Nintendo software and hardware sales data from 1983 to present
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  53. Paper Mario
  54. Mario & Luigi
  55. Mario Sports
  56. Sonic
  57. 2.28 million units units at ¥4860 ($61)
  58. Mario Kart
  59. Mario Party
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