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Mario is the best selling franchise in the world, appearing in over 200 games and selling more than 570 million units. The titular protagonist, Mario, is arguably the most recognizable video game character of all time, rivaled only by 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 577.659661 million units as of 2016. This includes the core Super Mario series and several other Mario series.

Super Mario series Edit

The core Super Mario series had sold over 100 million units by 1993,[2] and 324.91 million units as of 2016.

Year Platform' Title Sales
(millions)
Notes[3]
1985 Super Mario Bros. 47.58
1985 NES Super Mario Bros. 40.24 [4]
1999 GBC Super Mario Bros. DX 5.07
2004 GBA Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros. 2.27
1986 Super Mario Bros. 2 / The Lost Levels 7.72
1986 FDS Super Mario Bros. 2 / The Lost Levels 2.65 Japan
1999 GBC Super Mario Bros. DX 5.07
1988 Super Mario Bros. 2 / Super Mario USA 15.57
1988 NES Super Mario Bros. 2 / Super Mario USA 10 [5]
2001 GBA Super Mario Advance 5.57
1988 Super Mario Bros. 3 23.43
1988 NES Super Mario Bros. 3 18 [6]
2003 GBA Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 5.43
1989 Super Mario Land series 34.51
1989 GB Super Mario Land 18.14
1992 GB Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins 11.18
1994 GB Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land 5.19
1990 Super Mario World 26.3
1990 SNES Super Mario World 20.61
2001 GBA Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 5.69
1995 Super Mario All Stars 12.79
1993 SNES Super Mario All Stars 10.55
2011 Wii Super Mario All-Stars 2.24
1995 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 6.95
1995 SNES Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 4.12
2002 GBA Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 2.83
1996 Super Mario 64 22.97
1996 N64 Super Mario 64 11.91
2004 NDS Super Mario 64 DS 11.06
2002 Super Mario Sunshine 6.31
2002 NGC Super Mario Sunshine 6.31
2006 New Super Mario Bros. series 79.39
2006 NDS New Super Mario Bros. 30.8
2009 Wii New Super Mario Bros. Wii 29.9
2012 3DS New Super Mario Bros. 2 11.09
Wii U New Super Mario Bros. U 5.62
2013 Wii U New Super Luigi U 2.89
2007 Super Mario Galaxy series 20.39
2007 Wii Super Mario Galaxy 12.72
2010 Wii Super Mario Galaxy 2 7.67
2011 Super Mario 3D series 16.17
2011 3DS Super Mario 3D Land 11.17
2013 Wii U Super Mario 3D World 5.47
2015 Super Mario Maker 5.9
2015 Wii U Super Mario Maker 3.89
2016 3DS Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS 2.01
2016 Super Mario Run 4
2016 iOS Super Mario Run 4 78 million downloads[7][8]
Total sales 324.91

Other Mario games Edit

Debut Series Sales
(millions)
Notes
1981 Donkey Kong (classic series) 20.347
1981 Donkey Kong (arcade games) 14.477 [9]
2004 Mario vs. Donkey Kong series 5.87 [9]
1990 Mario puzzle games 5.022937
1990 Dr. Mario 4.85 [10]
2003 Nintendo Puzzle Collection 0.05 Japan [11]
2005 Dr. Mario & Panel de Pon 0.122937 Japan [12]
1996 Mario role-playing games 23.413056
1996 Super Mario RPG 2.14 [10]
2001 Paper Mario series 9.883056 [13]
Mario & Luigi series 11.39 [14]
1999 Mario Sports series 45.143856 [15]
2007 Mario & Sonic series 26.909041 [16]
Other Mario games 159.492812
1983 Mario Bros. (NES) 2.28 [10]
1992 Mario Kart series 114.93 [17]
1998 Mario Party series 41.728544 [18]
2004 Mario Pinball 0.101237 Japan [12]
2005 Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix 0.059922
2015 Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Bros. Edition 0.393109 Japan [19]
Total sales 252.749661

Gross revenue Edit

Year Title Revenue
(million US$)
(no inflation)
Revenue
(million US$)
(2016 inflation)
Notes[20]
1985 Super Mario series 12915 28759 [1][21]
1985 Super Mario Bros. 1584 3527 [n 2]
1986 Super Mario Bros. 2 / The Lost Levels 90.1 197 [23]
1988 Super Mario Bros. 2 / Super Mario USA 400 810 [24]
Super Mario Bros. 3 1262 2556 [n 3]
1989 Super Mario Land 490 947 [26]
1990 Super Mario World 1748.4 3205 [n 4]
1992 Super Mario Land 2 481 821 [28]
1993 Super Mario All Stars 830 1376 [29]
1996 Super Mario 64 1125 1718 [n 5]
2006 New Super Mario Bros. 1785 2121 [n 6]
2009 New Super Mario Bros. Wii 2185.04 2439 [30]
2012 New Super Mario Bros. U 459.2 479 [31]
2013 Super Mario 3D World 475 488 [32]
1981 Other Mario games 2481.4 6537
1981 Donkey Kong (classic series) 2342.3 6170 [9]
1983 Mario Bros. (NES) 139.1 334 [33]
Total revenue 15396.4 40559

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. Super Mario Bros. (non-bundled) in Japan: 6.81 million[22] 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. 18 million units sold worldwide.[6] By April 1993, 4 million units in Japan and 7 million units in the US.[25]
    • 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
  4. Super Mario World sales revenue: 20.61 million cartridges = $1731 million
    • Japan: 3.55 million cartridges (non-bundled) = $383.4 million[27]
    • Overseas: 17.06 million cartridges (including North American bundles) at £39.99 ($80) each = $1365 million
  5. Super Mario 64 sales revenues: 11.91 million units
    • Japan: 1.92 million[22] units at ¥10,584 ($133) each = $255.4 million
    • Overseas: 9.99 million units at $87 (average price) each = $869.13 million
  6. New Super Mario Bros. revenue: 30.38 million units = $1785 million


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Daniel, Sloan. Playing to Win: Nintendo and the Video Game Industry's Greatest Comeback. Retrieved on January 10, 2017.
  2. Computer & Video Games, issue 141
  3. Sales data from List of best-selling video games (Wikipedia) unless otherwise noted
  4. Mario Sales Data. Gamecubicle. Retrieved on 2006-02-10.
  5. All Time Top 20 Best Selling Games and More (May 21, 2003)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "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.
  7. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/01/super-mario-run-sales-nintendo-financial-q4-2016/
  8. Super Mario Run has been downloaded 90 million times but only 3 million have bought it
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Donkey Kong
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Nintendo software and hardware sales data from 1983 to present
  11. Japan Sales. Nintendojo (2006-09-26). Archived from the original on July 30, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-10-09. (Translation)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Japan sales of Mario (based on Famitsu data). Garaph (2012-02-20). Retrieved on 16 March 2012.
  13. Paper Mario
  14. Mario & Luigi
  15. Mario Sports
  16. Sonic
  17. Mario Kart
  18. Mario Party
  19. http://nintendoeverything.com/puzzle-dragons-super-mario-bros-edition-sold-through-46-of-its-initial-shipment-in-japan/
  20. Sales data from List of best-selling video games (Wikipedia) unless otherwise noted
  21. World Discovers Key Player in Entertainment Industry is a Plumber-Nintendo Video Game Character Mario Surpasses Hollywood's Harrison Ford in Global Revenues. Berkshire Hathaway (August 26, 2002). Archived from the original on October 20, 2002. Retrieved on January 24, 2017.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 http://www.the-magicbox.com/Chart-JPPlatinum.shtml
  23. 2.65 million units at ¥2700 ($34)
  24. 10 million units at $39.95
  25. Sheff, David (April 27, 1993). "A New Leader of the Club". Game Over: How Nintendo Zapped an American Industry, Captured Your Dollars, and Enslaved Your Children (1st ed.). Random House. pp. 3–5. ISBN 0-679-40469-4.
  26. 18.14 million units at $27 (average price) each
  27. 3.55 million cartridges at ¥8640 ($108) each
  28. 11.18 million units at $43 (average) each
  29. Super Mario All Stars: 10.55 million units
  30. New Super Mario Bros. Wii:
  31. New Super Mario Bros. U - 5.62 million units
  32. 5.47 million units
  33. 2.28 million units units at ¥4860 ($61)


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