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 700 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 December 2020, the Super Mario series has sold over 376.27 million copies worldwide and grossed more than $20 billion in estimated sales revenue. As of December 2020, the entire Mario franchise has sold over 736.46 million units worldwide, making it the best-selling video game franchise of all time.
- 1 Games
- 2 Super Mario sales history
- 3 See also
- 4 Notes
- 5 References
Games[edit | edit source]
Super Mario series[edit | edit source]
The core Super Mario series had sold 39 million units worldwide by 1990 (including more than 30 million units in the US and Japan), up to 70 million units worldwide by 1991 (including 32 million in the US), over 85 million units from eight releases by 1992 (averaging over 10 million per release), over 100 million units by 1993, 120 million units by 1995, over 160 million units by 2002, over 222 million units by 2009, 240 million units by 2010, and over 310 million units by 2014.
|Super Mario Bros.||58,000,000||||$2,676,300,000|
|1985||NES||Super Mario Bros.||40,240,000||||$1,584,000,000||[n 2]|
|1999||GBC||Super Mario Bros. DX||5,070,000||[n 3]||$152,000,000||[n 4]|
|2004||Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros.||2,270,000||[n 5]||$37,000,000||[n 6]|
|2006||Wii (VC)||Super Mario Bros.||660,000||||$3,300,000|||
|Super Mario Bros. 2||15,680,000||$1,719,000,000|
|1986||FDS||Super Mario Bros. 2 / The Lost Levels||2,650,000||||$90,000,000|||
|1988||NES||Super Mario Bros. 2 / Super Mario USA||7,460,000||||$400,000,000|||
|2001||GBA||Super Mario Advance||5,570,000||[n 7]||$177,000,000||[n 8]|
|Super Mario Bros. 3||23,710,000||$2,390,000,000|
|1988||NES||Super Mario Bros. 3||17,280,000||||$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||||$5,000,000|||
|Super Mario Land||18,371,000||$423,100,000|
|1989||GB||Super Mario Land||18,140,000||||$422,000,000||[n 12]|
|2011||3DS (VC)||Super Mario Land||231,000||||$1,100,000|
|Super Mario World||26,663,000||$2,145,900,000|
|1990||SNES||Super Mario World||20,610,000||||$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||||$2,900,000|||
|Super Mario Land 2 & 3||16,370,000|
|1992||GB||Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins||11,180,000||||$481,000,000|||
|GB||Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3||5,190,000|||
|Super Mario All-Stars||12,790,000||$900,000,000|
|1993||SNES||Super Mario All-Stars||10,550,000||||$830,000,000|||
|2010||Wii||Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition||2,240,000||||$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||||$365,000,000||[n 17]|
|2002||GBA||Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island||2,830,000||||$136,000,000||[n 18]|
|Super Mario 64||23,240,000||$1,716,700,000|
|1996||N64||Super Mario 64||11,910,000||||$1,125,000,000||[n 19]|
|2004||NDS||Super Mario 64 DS||11,060,000||||$589,000,000||[n 20]|
|2006||Wii (VC)||Super Mario 64||270,000||||$2,700,000|||
|Super Mario Sunshine||6,310,000||$362,000,000|
|2002||GCN||Super Mario Sunshine||6,310,000||||$362,000,000||[n 21]|
|New Super Mario Bros. / Wii / 2||74,470,000||$4,661,000,000|
|2006||NDS||New Super Mario Bros.||30,800,000||||$1,812,000,000||[n 22]|
|2009||Wii||New Super Mario Bros. Wii||30,300,000||||$2,343,000,000||[n 23]|
|2012||3DS||New Super Mario Bros. 2||13,370,000||||$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||||$947,000,000||[n 25]|
|2010||Wii||Super Mario Galaxy 2||7,410,000||||$566,000,000||[n 26]|
|Super Mario Land 3D Land||12,770,000||$610,000,000|
|2011||3DS||Super Mario 3D Land||12,770,000||||$610,000,000||[n 27]|
|New Super Mario Bros. U||15,630,000||$836,941,500|
|2012||Wii U||New Super Mario Bros. U||5,810,000||||$486,000,000||[n 28]|
|2019||Switch||New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe||9,820,000||||$350,941,500||[n 29]|
|New Super Luigi U||3,060,000||$117,000,000|
|2013||Wii U||New Super Luigi U||3,060,000||||$117,000,000||[n 30]|
|Super Mario 3D World||5,860,000||$499,000,000|
|2013||Wii U||Super Mario 3D World||5,860,000||||$499,000,000||[n 31]|
|2021||Switch||Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury||250,018JPN|||
|Super Mario Maker||7,709,000|
|2015||Wii U||Super Mario Maker||4,020,000||||[n 32]|
|2016||3DS||Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS||3,680,000|||
|Super Mario Run||5,606,000||$94,000,000|
|2016||Mobile||Super Mario Run||5,606,000||[n 33]||$94,000,000|||
|Super Mario Odyssey||20,230,000||$651,210,000|
|2017||Switch||Super Mario Odyssey||20,230,000||||$651,210,000||[n 34]|
|Super Mario Maker 2||6,910,000||$302,349,600|
|2019||Switch||Super Mario Maker 2||6,910,000||||$302,349,600||[n 35]|
|Super Mario 3D All-Stars||8,320,000|
|2020||Switch||Super Mario 3D All-Stars||8,320,000|||
Mario spin-off series[edit | edit source]
|1985||NES||Mario Puzzle Games||13,140,000|
|2004||GBA||Mario vs. Donkey Kong||5,910,000|
Other Mario games[edit | edit source]
|Atari 2600||Mario Bros.||1,590,000|||
|2004||GBA||Famicom Mini Series: Mario Bros.||90,000|||
|Itadaki Street DS & Wii||940,000|
|2007||DS||Itadaki Street DS||420,000|||
|2011||Wii||Fortune Street (Itadaki Street Wii)||520,000*|||
|Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker||3,130,000|
|2014||Wii U||Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker||1,360,000|||
|2018||Switch||Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker||1,580,000|||
|3DS||Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker||190,000*|||
|1988||FDS||Kaettekita Mario Bros.|
|1995||Virtual Boy||Mario Clash|
|2005||GCN||Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix||530,000*|||
|2006||DS||Super Princess Peach||1,700,000|||
|2017||Switch||Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle||2,000,000|||
Super Mario sales history[edit | edit source]
Super Mario Bros.[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
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. It is considered a commercial success.
New Super Mario Bros.[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
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.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit | edit source]
New Super Mario Bros. Wii is the 3rd best-selling Mario game with 29.32 million, the 2nd being its predecessor, New Super Mario Bros., and the 1st being the original Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Run[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
- Mario Kart
- Mario Party
- Mario Sports
- Paper Mario
- Mario & Luigi
- Luigi's Mansion
- Super Smash Bros.
- Donkey Kong
- Best selling games worldwide
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Super Mario Bros. (non-bundled) in Japan: 6.81 million cartridges at ¥5292 ($47) each
- Super Mario Bros. sales revenue: 40.24 million cartridges
- Super Mario Bros. DX: 5.07 million
- Super Mario Bros. DX price: $29.95
- Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros. - 2.27 million
- Super Mario Bros. DX:
- Super Mario Advance: 5.57 million
- United States: 2.85 million
- Super Mario Advance:
- 18 million units sold worldwide. By April 1993, 4 million units in Japan and 7 million units in the US.
- Super Mario Advance 4: 5.43 million
- United States: 2.88 million
- Super Mario Advance:
- 18.14 million units at $27 (average price) each
- Super Mario World sales revenue: 20.61 million cartridges = $1731 million
- Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World - 5.69 million units
- Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
- Super Mario All-Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- Price: ¥5184 ($48)
- Super Mario 64 sales revenues: 11.91 million units
- Super Mario 64 DS:
- Super Mario Sunshine:
- New Super Mario Bros. revenue:
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii:
- New Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Galaxy:
- Super Mario Galaxy 2:
- Super Mario 3D Land:
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 5.85 million units – $350,941,500
- New Super Luigi U average price: $39.33
- 5.47 million units
- Super Mario Maker:
- Super Mario Run – $56 million download revenue at $9.99 price
- Super Mario Odyssey 
- Super Mario Maker 2 – 5.04 million units – $302,349,600
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- 2.66 million units at ¥2700 ($24)
- 10 million units at $39.95
- 121 JPY to USD in 2001
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- 3.55 million cartridges at ¥8640 ($77) each
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- 11.18 million units at $43 (average) each
- Super Mario All-Stars: 10.55 million units
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- 2.002 USD per GBP in 2007
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