Infographic: Mario game sales since 1985

Tuesday, 14th September 2010 14:34 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Le Monde’s posted up a Mario-based graph showing how much every Mario game’s sold since Super Mario Bros. in 1985. Total? About 240 million.

The original Super Mario Bros. is the biggie, with more than 40 million units sold.

Super Mario Land in 1989 comes second, followed by 1992′s Super Mario World, both with just over 20 million sales.

Super Mario Bros. was 25 years old yesterday. Nintendo’s releasing a very pretty special edition to celebrate.

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  1. Tonka


    #1 4 years ago
  2. Freek

    Nothing to do with 3D gaming and everything to do with the wide aray of platforms, games and genres availebel today.
    In 1985 the NES and Mario were pretty much king of everything. Now, Apple, Sony, MS, social network sites, have all joined in.
    It means that a single all conquering game that everybody plays is increasingly rare.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. ianbenoir

    mario is a terrible character.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. tont

    @Freek do you mean the same 1985 that had over ten computer and console formats all competing for the same market?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Freek

    And non of them as popular as the NES.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. tont

    @Freek In the US and Japan, maybe, but not Europe ;). The lion’s share of that SMB stat is from US sales.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. deftangel

    It’s everything to do with 2D / 3D Mario when the 2D games on the same platform (i.e. Galaxy and NSMB on Wii) massively outsell the 3D ones.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Blerk

    I hate 2D Mario games, but I hate 3D ones more. I think this proves a point. :-)

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Freek

    Not so clear cutt at all. SM 64 and New Super Bros Wii both sold about equal amounts.
    One in 3D one in 2D, but both did something new.

    That’s the key selling point in all the spikes on that chart. Super Mario Bors: first one to make platforming popular, SM64: first one to introduce 3D. New Super Mario Bros Wii: the modern reboot, with 4 player multiplayer.

    Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 are some of the best games of this generation. They never marketed that as family fun though, unlike New Super Mario Bros. Wich is a weird desision since it’s a much more accesable game.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    I’d have thought Mario64 would have been higher being such a revoultionary game.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. psxman

    @Dr.Ghettoblaster Simple answer, not everyone had an N64.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. deftangel

    Not really, New Super Mario Bros Wii is still selling very strongly. It’ll be a lot closer to the DS equivalent than Mario 64 when all is said and done.

    #12 4 years ago

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