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Wii Sports: The Biggest Selling Video Game Of All Time

Posted by Damien McFerran

Multiplayer favourite knocks stablemate Super Mario Bros. off the top spot

Nintendo has revealed that Wii Sports has sold 45.7 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest selling video game in history. The previous number one was the NES classic Super Mario Bros., which made its way into 40.23m households.

Both games have been featured in hardware bundles in some countries, which makes the sheer volume of sales a little easier to understand. Other bundle hits include Tetris (Game Boy, 33m) and Super Mario World (SNES, 20m).

Whichever way you cut it, 45 million copies sold is an incredible success and just goes to show how popular Nintendo's Wii has been with the general public. And to think people doubted it!

[via eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (16)

DazzaAdmin

#1

Dazza said:

"Wii Sports has sold 45.7 million copies worldwide"

You mean 45.7 million people have bought a Wii? :-p

SanderEvers

#2

SanderEvers said:

Not so strange, since you get a Wii for free with the game. (The game itself is the price of the Wii + game ;))

CowLaunch

#3

CowLaunch said:

It will be interesting to see how Resort does.

Where does Super Mario Bros. 3 rank?

Big_A2

#6

Big_A2 said:

Well, that's okay I guess. Bundled game sales don't really mean that much.

At least Super Mario Bros 3 still holds top spot for un-bundled game at 18 million though, I hope.

CorbsAdmin

#7

Corbs said:

At least Super Mario Bros 3 still holds top spot for un-bundled game at 18 million though, I hope.

Nope, it was beat out by Wii Play, Wii Fit, Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green, Nintendogs, and New Super Mario Bros.

Kidpit

#12

Kidpit said:

Man do I know some people on Gamespot and IGN who are going to be pissed that the "casual" Wii Sport outsold their "hardcore" Mario games

Mr_M

#13

Mr_M said:

The only reason Wii Sports outselled Super Mario Bros. is because it was bundled with the Wii, and i think that the Wii's demographics also come into play, witch would explain the sales figures of both the Wii, and Wii Sports.

Draygone

#16

Draygone said:

I also wonder if the SMB sales include VC sales. And I also wonder if it includes sales of cartridges that doubled with Duck Hunt and trippled with Duck Hunt and Nintendo's own version of Track & Field.

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