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Move Over Mario, Make Room for Wii Sports

Written by Sherlock on Wednesday, 21 January 20095 Comments

According to VG, Wii Sports has now surpassed Super Mario Bros. for the NES as the number 1 selling video game of all time, with a whopping 40.24 million units flying off the shelves in only two years and two months.  This occurred following the week ending on December 27th.

There's a New Sheriff in Town

There's a New Sheriff in Town

You can view the full chart there, which actually includes some titles you may not expect to see on a top-selling game chart, such as Nintendogs.

Thanks to both these titles being bundled with a console, it vaulted each up to the top spot.  Just like the author mentions, however, I don’t think we can take anything away from these two titles which both ushered in a new era of gaming like no game before.

Super Mario Bros. has held the number 1 position for my entire life, 23 years,

It'll Always Be Number 1 in My Heart

It will always be #1 in my heart.

up until that fateful day where it exited the top spot.  It set the stage for prosperity in the gaming industry that will continue until some new technology supplants it.  But, given its current success, I don’t see that happening any time soon.

We’ll always remember the games we grew up with.  For my generation and generations before and shortly after, Super Mario Bros. will always be the number 1 game of all time.  After all, the same console that contains Wii Sports also offers Super Mario Bros. for purchase on its Virtual Console.  But, Wii Sports was the first game on a system that may prove to be the killer console for the next generation of gamers.

And the Wii shows no signs of letting up yet, as the next generation is still years away, giving Wii Sports plenty of time to pad its lead and challenge future games for supremacy.

Congratulations to the Wii console, Wii Sports, and Nintendo in general.  They have trully shown that they are the innovators of the console gaming market, even after several years of adversity, and decades of existence.


  • bidden_sue said:

    That was really well written. A great read, Sherls!

  • Ryan said:

    As much as I personally don’t see the draw of the Wii, numbers do speak for themselves and I’m definitely not going to bash anyone who enjoys it. I guess I just grew up too much to have fun with quick minigames and what I consider gimmicky controllers.

  • Bruce said:

    The main reason that Wii Sports has sold so many copies is that it comes with an extra controller.

  • Rich said:

    It’s Wii Play that comes with the controller and not Wii Sports… personally I’m surprised that Wii Sports can be counted in such a poll since it’s essentially given away with the Wii itself.

    That said it’s a great game which can be played and enjoyed by almost any age group - my youngest kid (4yrs old) has the highest bowling score in the family - 235 !!

  • SammyPegs said:

    So you think you’re more grown up than people who play wii games? That’s quite an immiture thing to say.

    But wasn’t Super Mario Bros also bundled with the NES?

    Good read btw Sherlock!

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