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Super Mario Galaxy Joins Nintendo's Five Million Sellers List

by Patrick Barnett - March 9, 2012, 12:59 pm PST
Total comments: 5 Source: (press release)

Mario's space adventure becomes the ninth Wii game to pass five million.

Super Mario Galaxy became the ninth Wii game to sell more than five million units, according to the NPD Group.

Super Mario Galaxy now joins other Wii titles that have sold more than five million copies such as Wii Play, Mario Kart Wii, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. It is expected that Just Dance 3 will soon become the 10th Wii game to reach this milestone, currently at a total of 4.61 million units sold.

"Titles like Super Mario Galaxy help explain why Wii continues to resonate with consumers. The fact that one of the best-reviewed games of all time is available for a suggested retail price of $19.99 speaks to Nintendo’s combination of quality, family fun and value that is unmatched in our industry." said Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, Scott Moffitt.

Super Mario Galaxy Becomes Ninth Wii Game to Sell More than 5 Million Units

Another month, another milestone for Mario: Super Mario Galaxy became the ninth Wii game to sell more than 5 million units in the United States, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. The Wii system, which crossed 39 million units sold in February, now has nearly twice as many 5-million sellers* as competing current-generation consoles combined.

“Wii continues its record-breaking run by surpassing 39 million units in its 64th month, a pace that is unmatched by any other system in U.S. history,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Titles like Super Mario Galaxy help explain why Wii continues to resonate with consumers. The fact that one of the best-reviewed games of all time is available for a suggested retail price of $19.99 speaks to Nintendo’s combination of quality, family fun and value that is unmatched in our industry.”

Other Nintendo milestones achieved in February include:

Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 for Nintendo 3DS each sold more than 100,000 units, bringing the life-to-date totals to more than 1.85 million and 1.45 million respectively.
Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version for Nintendo DS have now sold more than 4 million combined units in the United States.
Nintendo sold 625,000 total hardware units in February and saw double-digit growth across each of its product lines compared to January. This includes:

Nintendo 3DS: 262,000, a 53 percent increase
Wii: 228,000, a 50 percent increase
Nintendo DS: 135,000, a 76 percent increase
Total: 625,000, a 57 percent increase

* The Wii games to surpass 5 million units sold in the United States include: Wii Play (13.06 million), Mario Kart Wii (11.3 million), New Super Mario Bros. Wii (8.86 million), Wii Fit (8.18 million), Wii Fit Plus (7.32 million), Wii Sports Resort (6.45 million), Just Dance 2 (5.61) million, Super Smash Bros. Brawl (5.43 million) and Super Mario Galaxy (5.04 million). Just Dance 3 is poised to be the next title added to the list with a lifetime total of 4.61 million.

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Talkback

Chozo GhostMarch 09, 2012

This is Super Mario Galaxy 1, right? How much has SMG2 managed to sell to date?

Mop it upMarch 09, 2012

Quote from: Chozo

This is Super Mario Galaxy 1, right? How much has SMG2 managed to sell to date?

Unless you want to trust VGChartz, I don't think we'll know that until Nintendo releases their financial report for the fiscal year of April 2011-March 2012.

TrueNerdMarch 10, 2012

Still the most fun I've had playing a video game from this current generation. It should have sold ten times that.

CericMarch 10, 2012

My first thought was that seems like a low number for this number and surprised that this game hadn't made that number.

Then I did some research and this is a good number.  Then I did some more research and realized that this is only 1.6% of the US population.  That makes your realize how small a number you need to have a game that seems like everyone one you know owns it.

TJ SpykeMarch 10, 2012

Quote from: Ceric

Then I did some more research and realized that this is only 1.6% of the US population.

I don't thin that should be used for console games. You are not gonna see multiple people in the same house owning multiple copies of a console game (unless you are like UncleBob and buying a game several times). It would be more accurate to use the number of households instead, but even that only bumps it up to about 4%. 5 million is really good though.

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