Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has announced that, since launch, Super Mario Odyssey has sold two million copies worldwide.
That million-seller milestone has been struck in just three days, with the company now hoping that the excitement that has surrounded Nintendo Switch and Mario’s globe-trotting adventure will provide them with “a big edge” as the holiday season approached.
“Furthermore, last Friday saw the release of Super Mario Odyssey in Japan and in overseas markets. This newest title in the Super Mario series received many awards this year at the largest game shows in Western markets, such as E3 and gamescom, and consumers had high expectations leading to its release. Although Super Mario Odyssey launched just a few days ago, the game appears to be meeting those expectations, judging by its high review scores from the gaming media and players’ positive comments on social media,” Kimishima explained at the company’s six months financial results briefing.
“While about 7 million units of Nintendo Switch hardware have been delivered into the hands of our consumers around the world, we estimate that the global sellthrough of Super Mario Odyssey has already exceeded 2 million units in just its first 3 days. The holiday sales season will soon go into full swing, and we plan to make more Nintendo Switch systems available in the market. We will endeavor to further increase the number of consumers who want to purchase Super Mario Odyssey, and eventually we would like the game to be seen as an evergreen title that has longevity in the market beyond this holiday season.
“By releasing this product against a backdrop of maintained and growing buzz around Nintendo Switch, which also has continually high usage rates, we think this will give us a big edge heading into the holiday season.”
It also means that the Nintendo Switch exclusive joins the portable home console’s first-party million-seller list – which already includes The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (4.7 million copies), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (4.42 million copies), Splatoon 2 (3.61 million copies), 1-2-Switch (1.37 million copies), and ARMS (1.35 million copies).
We enjoyed our time with the Nintendo Switch exclusive, writing in our Super Mario Odyssey review: “Packed with energy, charm, and every trick in the book thrown in, choosing to hop aboard the Odyssey will undoubtedly result in you having the chance to experience one of Mario’s greatest adventures.
“It’s a perfect reminder of the gaming magic that Nintendo is revered for, and something that they have miraculously been able to bottle twice within a single year.”
Super Mario Odyssey is now available exclusively for Nintendo Switch worldwide.