Nintendo’s New Super Mario Bros Wii can claim ‘fastest selling single game’ with some 10 million units sold worldwide, according to Nikkei Net. The Japanese business portal claims sales of Nintendo’s multiplayer-oriented platformer exceeded 10 million units in sales through January, which marks the close of its initial eight weeks of availability. New Super Mario Bros Wii debuted in Australia on November 12, 2009, followed days later in North American and Europe, and wasn’t launched in Japan until December 3.
Nikkei Net also said New Super Mario Bros Wii’s 10 million figure made it ‘the fastest for a single game’. Note that’s only per-platform, however: Modern Warfare 2 has so far moved considerably more copies between the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows versions.
With worldwide Wii unit sales topping 60 million, you could comfortably say one in six Wii gamers, or about 17 percent own a copy. Nikkei Net breaks the totals out regionally to 3 million copies in Europe, another 3 million in Japan, and 4.5 million in the US. Riffing on regional Wii console sales estimates, that’s about 12 percent of Europeans, 31 percent of Japanese, and 15 percent of US Wii gamers.
By comparison, Super Mario Galaxy had only sold 8 million copies by March 2008, and Super Smash Bros Brawl slightly more with 8.43 million copies as of March 2009.
The most bestselling non-bundled Wii game? Wii Play, with over 24 million copies sold from its launch in December 2006 through the end of September 2009.