Super Mario Odyssey Smashes Records by Becoming the Fastest Selling Game in Franchise History

Long live the Odyssey.

Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Odyssey has become the fastest selling Mario game in the United States in franchise history. Within the US, the game sold a staggering 1.1 million units. Odyssey knocks off the previous king of the record, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which held the previous record for the fastest selling Super Mario game in the United States.

According to Metacritic reviews, the only other game in the last three years besides Odyssey to have a similar score in Switch exclusive The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wildwhich launched this March during the console launch.


REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– In just five days, the new Super Mario Odyssey video game for the Nintendo Switch system sold more than 1.1 million units in the U.S. alone. That makes it the fastest-selling Super Mario game ever in the U.S., surpassing the New Super Mario Bros. Wii game. Super Mario Odyssey is also the fastest-selling game so far for Nintendo Switch.

In just five days, the new Super Mario Odyssey video game for the Nintendo Switch system sold more than 1.1 million units in the U.S. alone. That makes it the fastest-selling Super Mario game ever in the U.S., surpassing the New Super Mario Bros. Wii game. (Photo: Business Wire)

The game has already been enjoyed by well over a million people, and is likely to be enjoyed by many more, as those early players continue to spread their excitement for Mario. On Metacritic.com, which aggregates scores from certain reviewers, for example, the game currently has a critical review average of 97, with 43 perfect scores. This makes Super Mario Odyssey the best-reviewed game on Metacritic for any system of the last three years, tied only with Nintendo Switch launch game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

“The public continues to respond positively to Mario’s latest adventure,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “We’re also seeing sales momentum for Nintendo Switch thanks to an ever-growing catalog of games from large publishers and indie developers.”

Nintendo has increased supplies of Nintendo Switch to meet demand through the holidays. The total number of Nintendo Switch systems sold in the United States through the end of October now stands at more than 2.6 million.

For more information about Super Mario Odyssey, visit http://supermario.nintendo.com

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