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Nintendo reveals top selling Wii and DS games, Wii Sports becomes best selling game ever

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 6:13PM EST

Nintendo just can’t seem to make an announcement regarding numbers without wowing us these days, and its recent financial call is no exception. Forgetting about the dollars and cents for the purposes of this post, Nintendo released a list of 26 games for the Wii and DS that have sold at least one million copies since April 2008, along with total sales for each title. Let’s have a look at the full list:


  • Wii Sports – 40.5 million
  • Wii Play – 20.91 million
  • Wii Fit – 14.01 million
  • Mario Kart Wii – 13.67 million
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl – 8.1 million
  • Super Mario Galaxy – 7.66 million
  • Mario Party 8 – 6.28 million
  • Animal Crossing: City Folk – 3.22 million
  • Wii Music – 2.50 million
  • Link’s Crossbow Training – 2.44 million
  • Mario Super Sluggers – 1.21 million

Nintendo DS

  • Nintendogs – 21.67 million
  • New Super Mario Bros. – 17.63 million
  • Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day – 16.82 million
  • Pokemon Diamond/Pearl – 16.48 million
  • Mario Kart DS – 13.79 million
  • Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day – 13.27 million
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World: 10.57 million
  • Super Mario 64 DS – 7.16 million
  • Mario Party DS – 5.49 million
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness – 4.4 million
  • Pokemon Platinum Version – 2.4 million
  • Kirby Super Star Ultra – 2.19 million
  • Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia – 1.80 million
  • Rhythm Heaven – 1.71 million
  • Personal Trainer: Cooking – 1.68 million

Did you catch that first one? “Wii Sports – 40.5 million.” Damn! Of course this includes game sales bundled with consoles, but this new figure pushes Wii Sports into the number one spot on the all-time best selling games list. Falling to number two is the title that many thought could sit atop the list forever: Super Mario Brothers – with 40.24 million copies sold. Propelled by ridiculous console sales rates, it took Wii Sports only 110 weeks to pass Mario, its seventh cousin four times removed, and 40mm will become 50mm before we know it. To be honest Wii Sports is probably still our favorite Wii game to date, though Resident Evil 4 certainly gave it a run for its money.

[Via DailyTech]


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