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Mario is a platform franchise created by Nintendo. It is the best-selling video game franchise in the world, appearing in over 200 video games and selling more than 800 million units. The titular protagonist, Mario, is arguably the most recognizable video game character of all time, rivaled only by Pac-Man, Sonic, and Pikachu. The franchise originates from the arcade game Donkey Kong (1981), which stars Mario as the player character trying to rescue Pauline from the villain Donkey Kong, before Mario appeared again as a player character in the arcade game Mario Bros. (1983).

The franchise consists of several sub-series in different genres, including racing, sports, role playing, puzzle, party, and even has games starring Mario side characters like Luigi and Captain Toad. The main core series, Super Mario, began with the platformer game Super Mario Bros. (1985) on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The games consist of Mario trying to rescue Princess Peach from the villain Bowser.

As of September 2021, the Super Mario series has sold over 390.58 million copies worldwide and grossed more than $22 billion in estimated sales revenue. As of September 2021, the entire Mario franchise has sold 771,666,081 units worldwide, making it the best-selling video game franchise of all time.

Games[]

Super Mario series[]

The core Super Mario series had sold 39 million units worldwide by 1990[1] (including more than 30 million units in the US and Japan),[2] up to 70 million units worldwide by 1991[3] (including 32 million in the US),[4] over 85 million units from eight releases by 1992 (averaging over 10 million per release),[5] over 100 million units by 1993,[6] 120 million units by 1995,[7] over 160 million units by 2002,[8] over 222 million units by 2009,[9] 174 million by 2004,[10] 240 million units by 2010,[11][12] and over 310 million units by 2014.[13]

Year Platform Title Sales Ref Revenue
(est. US$)
Ref
[12][8][14]
Super Mario Bros. 48,240,000 $2,676,300,000
1985 NES Super Mario Bros. 40,240,000 [15] $1,584,000,000 [n 2]
1999 GBC Super Mario Bros. DX 5,070,000 [n 3] $152,000,000 [n 4]
2004

GBA

Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros. 2,270,000 [n 5] $37,000,000 [n 6]
2006 Wii (VC) Super Mario Bros. 660,000 [24] $3,300,000 [24]
Super Mario Bros. 2 16,045,456 $1,719,000,000
1986 FDS Super Mario Bros. 2 / The Lost Levels 2,650,000 [15] $90,000,000 [25]
1988 NES Super Mario Bros. 2 / Super Mario USA 7,460,000 [15] $400,000,000 [26]
2001 GBA Super Mario Advance 5,570,000 [n 7] $177,000,000 [n 8]
2004 GBA Famicom Mini Series: Super Mario Bros. 2 365,456 [30]
Super Mario Bros. 3 23,710,000 $2,390,000,000
1988 NES Super Mario Bros. 3 17,280,000 [15] $1,262,000,000 [n 9]
2003 GBA Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 5,430,000 [n 10] $223,000,000 [n 11]
2007 Wii (VC) Super Mario Bros. 3 1,000,000 [37] $5,000,000 [24]
Super Mario Land 18,371,000 $423,100,000
1989 GB Super Mario Land 18,140,000 [15] $422,000,000 [n 12]
2011 3DS (VC) Super Mario Land 231,000 [41] $1,100,000

[41]

Super Mario World 26,663,000 $2,145,900,000
1990 SNES Super Mario World 20,610,000 [15] $1,748,000,000 [n 13]
2001 GBA Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World 5,690,000 [n 14] $325,000,000 [n 15]
2006 Wii (VC) Super Mario World 363,000 [24] $2,900,000 [24]
Super Mario Land 2 & 3 16,370,000
1992 GB Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins 11,180,000 [15] $481,000,000 [47]
GB Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 5,190,000 [15]
Super Mario All-Stars 12,790,000 $900,000,000
1993 SNES Super Mario All-Stars 10,550,000 [15] $830,000,000 [48]
2010 Wii Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition 2,240,000 [15] $70,000,000 [n 16]
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 6,950,000 $501,000,000
1995 SNES Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 4,120,000 [15] $365,000,000 [n 17]
2002 GBA Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island 2,830,000 [15] $136,000,000 [n 18]
Super Mario 64 23,240,000 $1,716,700,000
1996 N64 Super Mario 64 11,910,000 [15] $1,125,000,000 [n 19]
2004 NDS Super Mario 64 DS 11,060,000 [57] $589,000,000 [n 20]
2006 Wii (VC) Super Mario 64 270,000 [24] $2,700,000 [24]
Super Mario Sunshine 6,310,000 $362,000,000
2002 GCN Super Mario Sunshine 6,310,000 [15] $362,000,000 [n 21]
New Super Mario Bros. / Wii / 2 74,510,000 $4,661,000,000
2006 NDS New Super Mario Bros. 30,800,000 [57] $1,812,000,000 [n 22]
2009 Wii New Super Mario Bros. Wii 30,320,000 [65] $2,343,000,000 [n 23]
2012 3DS New Super Mario Bros. 2 13,390,000 [68] $506,000,000 [n 24]
Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 20,210,000 $1,513,000,000
2007 Wii Super Mario Galaxy 12,800,000 [65] $947,000,000 [n 25]
2010 Wii Super Mario Galaxy 2 7,410,000 [15] $566,000,000 [n 26]
Super Mario Land 3D Land 12,840,000 $610,000,000
2011 3DS Super Mario 3D Land 12,840,000 [68] $610,000,000 [n 27]
New Super Mario Bros. U 17,290,000 $836,941,500
2012 Wii U New Super Mario Bros. U 5,810,000 [83] $486,000,000 [n 28]
2019 Switch New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe 11,480,000 [86] $350,941,500 [n 29]
New Super Luigi U 3,070,000 $117,000,000
2013 Wii U New Super Luigi U 3,070,000 [83] $117,000,000 [n 30]
Super Mario 3D World 12,560,000 $499,000,000
2013 Wii U Super Mario 3D World 5,880,000 [83] $499,000,000 [n 31]
2021 Switch Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury 7,450,000 [86]
Super Mario Maker 7,700,000
2015 Wii U Super Mario Maker 4,020,000 [83] [n 32]
2016 3DS Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS 3,680,000 [15]
Super Mario Run 5,606,000 $94,000,000
2016 Mobile Super Mario Run 5,606,000 [n 33] $94,000,000 [99]
Super Mario Odyssey 21,950,000 $651,210,000
2017 Switch Super Mario Odyssey 21,950,000 [100] $651,210,000 [n 34]
Super Mario Maker 2 7,150,000 $302,349,600
2019 Switch Super Mario Maker 2 7,150,000 [108] $302,349,600 [n 35]
Super Mario 3D All-Stars 9,010,000
2020 Switch Super Mario 3D All-Stars 9,010,000 [108]
Total sales 390,585,456 $22,600,501,100

Mario spin-off series[]

Debut First Platform Title Sales

(millions)

1985 NES Mario Puzzle Games 13.146
1987 NES Mario Sports 58.89
1992 SNES Mario Kart 159.82
1996 SNES Mario RPGs 28.80
1998 N64 Mario Party 60.86
2001 GCN Luigi's Mansion 20.42
2004 GBA Mario Vs. Donkey Kong 5.91
Total sales 347.846

Other Mario games[]

Year Platform Title Sales Ref
Donkey Kong 17,850,825
1981 Multi-platform Donkey Kong 17,850,825
Mario Bros. 3,963,800
1983 Arcade Mario Bros. 3,800 [111]
Atari 2600 Mario Bros. 1,590,000 [112]
NES Mario Bros. 2,280,000 [15]
2004 GBA Famicom Mini Series: Mario Bros. 90,000 [113]
Itadaki Street 940,000
2007 DS Itadaki Street‎ DS 420,000 [113]
2011 Wii Fortune Street (Itadaki Street Wii) 520,000* [114][113]
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker 3,130,000
2014 Wii U Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker 1,360,000 [15]
2018 Switch Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker 1,580,000 [15]
3DS Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker 190,000* [115]
Mario + Rabbids 2,000,000
2017 Switch Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 2,000,000 [116]
2022 Switch Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Other games 5,350,000
1988 FDS Kaettekita Mario Bros. Unknown
1992 SNES Mario Paint 2,310,000 [15]
1995 Virtual Boy Mario Clash Unknown
2004 GBA Mario Pinball 790,000* [117][113]
2005 GCN Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix 530,000* [118][113]
DS Yakuman DS 20,000 [113]
2006 DS Super Princess Peach 1,700,000 [15]
Total sales 33,234,625

Super Mario sales history[]

Super Mario Bros.[]

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. 2[]

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 Sunshine[]

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.

New Super Mario Bros.[]

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 Galaxy[]

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.

Super Mario Run[]

Super Mario Run had 200 million downloads on mobile devices by October 2017.[119] As of September 2017, it has 300 million downloads.[120]

See also[]

Notes[]

  1. Super Mario Bros. (non-bundled) in Japan: 6.81 million[16] cartridges at ¥5292 ($47) 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. Super Mario Bros. DX: 5.07 million[17]
  4. Super Mario Bros. DX price: $29.95[19]
  5. Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros. - 2.27 million[20]
    • Famicom Mini: Super Mario Bros. - 1.32 million in Japan[16]
  6. Super Mario Bros. DX:
    • Japan: 1.32 million units at ¥2056[21] ($19.04)[22] = $25.133 million
    • Overseas: 950,000 units at $11.99[23] = $11.4 million
  7. Super Mario Advance: 5.57 million[20]
    • United States: 2.85 million[18]
  8. Super Mario Advance:
    • United States: 2.85 million units at $19.99[27] = $60 million
    • Elsewhere: 2.72 million units at ¥5184[28] ($43)[29] = $117 million
  9. 18 million units sold worldwide.[31] By April 1993, 4 million units in Japan and 7 million units in the US.[32]
    • Japan: 4 million units at ¥7020 ($63) 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
  10. Super Mario Advance 4: 5.43 million[33]
    • United States: 2.88 million[18]
  11. Super Mario Advance:
    • United States: 2.88 million units at $34.99[34] = $101 million
    • Elsewhere: 2.55 million units at ¥5184[35] ($48)[36] = $122.4 million
  12. 18.14 million units at $27 (average price) each
    • Japan: 4.19 million units[38] at ¥2700 ($24) = $142.5 million
    • Overseas: 13.95 million units at $19.99[39][40] = $279 million
  13. Super Mario World sales revenue: 20.61 million cartridges = $1731 million
    • Japan: 3.55 million cartridges (non-bundled) = $383.4 million[42]
    • Overseas: 17.06 million cartridges (including North American bundles) at £39.99 ($80) each = $1365 million
  14. Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World - 5.69 million units[43]
    • Japan: 919,000 units[38]
    • United States: 3.16 million units[18]
    • Elsewhere: 1.611 million units
  15. Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
    • Japan: 919,000 units at ¥5184[44] ($43)[29] = $100.2 million
    • United States: 3.16 million units at $39.99[45] = $126.4 million
    • Elsewhere: 1.611 million units at AU$79.95[46] (US$61) = $98.3 million
  16. Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition
    • Japan: 920,000 units at ¥2571[49] ($32.21)[50] = $30 million
    • Overseas: 1.32 million units at $29.99[51] = $40 million
  17. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
    • Japan: 1.77 million units[16] at ¥10,584[52] ($113)[53] = $200.01 million
    • Overseas: 2.35 million units at $69.99[54] = $164.5 million
  18. Price: ¥5184[55] ($48)[56]
  19. Super Mario 64 sales revenues: 11.91 million units
    • Japan: 1.92 million[16] units at ¥10,584 ($94) each = $255.4 million
    • Overseas: 9.99 million units at $87 (average price) each = $869.13 million
  20. Super Mario 64 DS:
    • Japan: 1.232 million units[38] at ¥4936[58] ($53)[59] = $65.3 million
    • United States: 2.39 million units[18] at $31.99[60] = $76.5 million
    • Elsewhere: 7.438 million units at £29.99[61] ($60.04)[62] = $447 million
  21. Super Mario Sunshine:
    • United States: 3.73 million units[18] at $50[63] = $187 million
    • Elsewhere: 2.58 million units at ¥7344[64] ($68)[22] = $175.44 million
  22. New Super Mario Bros. revenue:
  23. New Super Mario Bros. Wii:
    • Japan: 4.68 million[16] units at ¥5964 (US$78) = US$365.04 million
    • United States: 8.86 million units[66] at US$49.99[67] = $443 million
    • Elsewhere: 16.51 million units at US$93 average price = $1535.43 million
  24. New Super Mario Bros. 2
    • Japan: 2.17 million units[16] at ¥4937[69] ($44) = $135 million
    • Overseas: 9.27 million units at $39.99[70] = $371 million
  25. Super Mario Galaxy:
    • Japan: 1.026 million units[38] at ¥5964[71] ($68.14) = $70 million
    • United States: 5.04 million units[66] at $49.99[72] = $252 million
    • Other: 6.684 million units at AU$99.95[73] (US$92) = $615 million
  26. Super Mario Galaxy 2:
    • Japan: 1.043 million units[38] at ¥5965[74] ($53) = $78.23 million
    • United States: 1.2369 million units (1.1123 million up until June 2010,[75] 124,600 in July 2010)[76] at $49.99[77] = $62 million
    • Other: 5.3901 million units at £49.99[78] ($64) = $426 million
  27. Super Mario 3D Land:
    • Japan: 1.91 million units[16] at ¥4937[79] ($44) = $118.42 million
    • United States: 3.09 million units[80] at $29.99[81] = $93 million
    • Elsewhere: 6.33 million units at £39.99[82] ($51) = $399 million
  28. New Super Mario Bros. U
  29. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 5.85 million units[87][88]$350,941,500[89]
  30. New Super Luigi U average price: $39.33
    • Japan: ¥3996[90] ($36)
    • United Kingdom: £29.99[91] ($38)
    • United States: $19.99[92]
  31. 5.47 million units
  32. Super Mario Maker:
    • Japan: 245,182[94]
    • United States: 1 million[84]
  33. Super Mario Run – $56 million download revenue[95] at $9.99 price[96][97][98]
  34. Super Mario Odyssey [101]
    • Japan – 1.91 million units at ¥6458[102] = ¥12,334,780,000 ($116,284,253)[103]
    • United States – 2.88 million units[104] at $59.99[105] = $173 million
    • Other – 5.62 million units at £49.99[106] ($64.40)[107] = $361,928,000
  35. Super Mario Maker 2 – 5.04 million units[109]$302,349,600[110]


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