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They Sold a Million: Nintendo's Biggest Titles Revealed

Posted by Damien McFerran

List of top-selling titles puts Sony and Microsoft to shame

We don't need to tell you that the DS and Wii have been pretty damned successful. However, it's always interesting to see numbers that illustrate just how damned successful the two consoles have performed, so here goes (figures are for worldwide sales):

Nintendo DS

Brain Training - 17.4 million
New Super Mario Bros. - 18.4 million
Mario Kart DS - 14.6 million
Pokemon Platinum - 3.7 million
Nintendogs - 22.2 million
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon - 4.5 million
Brain Training 2 - 13.7 million
Kirby Super Star Ultra - 2.3 million
Mario Party DS - 5.8 million
Pokemon Diamond/Pearl - 16.8 million
Rhythm Heaven - 1.9 million
Personal Trainer: Cooking - 18.4 million
Pokemon Ranger - 2 million
Professor Layton - 1.6 million (does not include Japanese sales, as not published by Nintendo in Japan)
Super Mario 64 DS - 7.5 million
Animal Crossing: Wild World - 10 million

Nintendo Wii

Wii Sports - 45.7 million (includes those bundled with hardware)
Wii Fit - 18.2 million
Mario Kart Wii - 15.4 million
Wii Play - 22.9 million
Smash Bros. Brawl - 8.4 million
Animal Crossing: City Folk - 3.3 million
Wii Music - 2.65 million
Link’s Crossbow Training - 3.76 million (includes those bundled with Wii Zapper)
Super Mario Galaxy - 8 million
Mario Party 8 - 6.7 million
Mario Super Sluggers - 1.2 million

[via gonintendo.com]

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User Comments (21)

Teppo_Holmqvist

#1

Teppo_Holmqvist said:

That list is actually incomplete. We do know that Metroid Prime 3: Corruption has sold more than 1.5 million copies, and Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess has sold at least 5.5 million copies on Wii.

TourianTourist

#2

TourianTourist said:

No Zelda on this list except for Link's Crossbow Training? As I recall both Twilight Princess and Phantom Hourglass sold about 5 million copies.

And the Personal Trainer: Cooking never sold 18 million, lol, I think that's a typo, it's about 1.8 million.

Objection

#4

Objection said:

If possible, I'd like to see a list of 3rd party games for WIi that have sold 1mil or more. I know both Resident Evils have, for instance.

LinkFanatic

#5

LinkFanatic said:

@ No Zelda on this list except for Link's Crossbow Training? As I recall both Twilight Princess and Phantom Hourglass sold about 5 million copies.

I think this is the list for 2008 only

WiiGuy

#6

WiiGuy said:

New Super Mario bros is 4 years old, and a newer version hasn't come out yet >_<

Starwolf_UK

#7

Starwolf_UK said:

These are numbers only up the end of March (from the start of April '08). Basically before Rhythm Heaven was out in America and after Brawl was out in America and Japan (but not Europe).

It seems odd I swear in the financial reports yesteday they quoted Kirby Super Star Ultra as having sold more than 2.3 million...

The regional break-down of titles is the intesting part though. For instance 1 million of the 1.2 million sales of Mario Super Sluggers were from Amercia (the rest was Japan...according to Bandai-Namco games who developed the game, Europeans won't understand Baseball so we're not getting it).

Still Mario Patty 8 and Mario Party DS still having strong sales is what sadens me the most about these figures...

Caliko

#9

Caliko said:

That sucks for Europeans cause Mario Sluggers is the funnest sports game I've played on the Wii yet.

@ Wii Music selling 2.65
Wow wasn't Nintendo griping about the poor sales of this title?? Geez Nintendo, not all titles will sell over 10M copies!!
Wii Music is an AMAZING title by the way, especially for musicians.

SmaMan

#10

SmaMan said:

Sigh... for the last time... how can you count Wii Sports sales that were included with the Wii?! I guess for impressing your investors sake but still!

Well at least Brawl didn't do too bad... I remember that Melee was a best seller all throughout the Gamecube's life span. Brawl seemed to sell in one huge spurt at launch (I went to the midnight release) and now is kind of flat lining a bit. I'd like to see the lifetime sales of Brawl and Melee that to compare. Might be interesting.

warioswoods

#13

warioswoods said:

@Caliko

Hooray, a fellow musician who appreciates Wii Music. It's another perfect example of a wonderful piece of software that the Nintendo-is-too-casual-I-feel-abandoned crowd simply couldn't comprehend. Roughly 2 1/2 million isn't bad; I hope it continues to sell slowly but surely into even higher numbers.

theblackdragonAdmin

#15

theblackdragon said:

@Esposch: it's bundled in with the green DS (the one for spring this year), but good lord, it's already on par with Mario Kart DS? craziness... D:

Teppo_Holmqvist

#17

Teppo_Holmqvist said:

@SanderEvers "Wii Play - 22.9 million
Well that's just becuase you get a Remote with the game."

If people were just buying it for remote, then why they wouldn't buy it instead of Wii Player? After all, remote is 10 dollars cheaper that way.

Stuffgamer1

#18

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Teppo Holmqvist: Because that's how Gamestop employees market the game to people, particularly first-time game console buyers. "If you need another remote, you should get Wii Play! Only $10 more, and it comes with 9 more mini-games!" You might be surprised at just how easy it is to get a sale that way.

I'm one of the few "core" gamers who actually believes that Wii Play is WORTH that $10. Obviously, if the game sold for $50 WITHOUT a remote, it'd be a total rip-off! It's marketing genius on Nintendo's part, I think.

eugenewrayburn

#19

eugenewrayburn said:

This is an incomplete list - taken from GONintendo. What is the point? Can't you do a little research and get the full list? That is disapointing journalism. The title is a lie - Nintendos biggest titles HAVE NOT been revealed.

Ricardo91

#20

Ricardo91 said:

@Black Dragon. Hey, people like cooking. I've been thinking about picking it up myself, since I'm interested in taking up cooking.

@Teppo. People like the convenience of a game to go with their extra Wiimote.

Nice work Nintendo! Keep it up! :)

StarDust4Ever

#21

StarDust4Ever said:

@13. SanderEvers

Wii Play - 22.9 million
Well that's just becuase you get a Remote with the game.

I was in the market for an extra Wiimote, so I picked up this game - while some of the minigames are cheesy, please keep in mind that the entire thing minus the Wiimote is just $10. My favorites were Laser Hockey, Pool, and Target Shoot. Ever tried playing Target Shoot with two Wiimotes; it's insane :P I believe the Target Shoot minigame would be a steal by itself even if they only released it as a $10 Wiiware title. When a company owns their own system, they can bundle stuff like this and everybody's happy!

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