Usually, the 2D games in the Super Mario franchise sell faster than the 3D adventures. Before now, New Super Mario Bros. Wii held the title of fastest-selling Mario game in the United States. Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch has broken that trend, selling more than 1.1 million units of the game in the first five days in the U.S. alone. On top of the rising Nintendo Switch sales, this is a success story Nintendo is more than pleased with.
The Switch has sold more than 2.6 million units in the U.S. so far, contributing an impressive amount to the 7.6+ million units already sold worldwide. Sales of the Switch are projected to rise to 14 million in the system's first year, meaning many more copies of Odyssey will likely fly off the shelves as well.
REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 2, 2017 – 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.
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.
The above press release revels in the commercial success of Mario's newest adventure, and the critical success might be even more positive than that! We gave the game a coveted perfect score as well. If you haven't yet picked up Odyssey, do you plan to? And if you're already enjoying your travels through the world's kingdoms, let us know what you think about everything Super Mario Odyssey-related in the comments below!
Source: Nintendo PR