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Wii Sports becomes most successful video game of all time

Nintendo has revealed sales figures for 26 first-party games that have sold over a million copies. Sales figures for top selling Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii games were provided. Sales include games that were sold as part of hardware bundles.

Wii Sports topped the list for Nintendo Wii games at 40.5 million copies sold. VGChartz has declared Nintendo's sports simulation game as the most successful video game of all time. Wii Sports has surpassed Super Mario Brothers for the Nintendo Entertainment System which is estimated to have sold 40.24 million copies.

Wii Play placed second selling 20.91 million copies, while Wii Fit was third at 14.01 million copies sold. On December 1 2007, the Wii Fit launched in Japan. At the time it was unclear how much of a success the Wii Fit would become in Japan and the rest of the world. With sales exceeding 14 million copies, the Wii Fit has been an unbridled success.

Other famous first party titles that have sold well include Mario Kart Wii at 13.67 million, Super Smash Bros. Brawl at 8.1 million, Super Mario Galaxy at 7.66 million, and Mario Party 8 at 6.28 million. 

For the Nintendo DS, Nintendogs is currently the most successful software title with sales of 21.67 million. The pet simulation game has been released in five different versions since debuting in 2005. For other successful DS games, New Super Mario Brothers was second at 17.63 million units sold, and Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day was third at 16.82 million.

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Bundled Games
By IceBreakerG on 2/2/2009 9:33:40 AM , Rating: 5
Should bundled games really count as "game sales" when it comes in the box of every Wii sold (with the exception of the ones in Japan)? They really need to subtract about 30+ Million copies from their sales data to get an accurate number. I don't think it's really fair to count something that comes with the system as a separate sale.

RE: Bundled Games
By mmntech on 2/2/2009 9:45:13 AM , Rating: 3
Well, a lot of people do buy the Wii for Wii Sports so yes, I think it should be included. It would be something else it it were a bad game that Nintendo was trying to dump.

No real surprises on this list. Everybody I know who has a Wii plays these games.

RE: Bundled Games
By IceBreakerG on 2/2/2009 9:50:02 AM , Rating: 2
It's funny you mention that. I don't own a Wii, but a couple of my friends do. The only thing I ever want to play when they fire up the Wii is Wii Bowling.

RE: Bundled Games
By mmntech on 2/2/2009 10:06:59 AM , Rating: 3
It's the same with my girl. She claims she can't play games at all but loves Wii Bowling.

RE: Bundled Games
By Screwballl on 2/2/2009 11:01:02 AM , Rating: 2
Same here, although I have gotten my wife into Mario Kart as well.

RE: Bundled Games
By peritusONE on 2/2/2009 12:15:32 PM , Rating: 4
Well, a lot of people do buy the Wii for Wii Sports

The fact that you can't quantify exactly how many people purchased the system for Wii Sports makes it an invalid candidate for title of "best selling console game of all time", in my opinion. Even you used the words "a lot".

RE: Bundled Games
By afkrotch on 2/2/2009 12:56:04 PM , Rating: 2
Some ppl liked Wii Sports. I felt it was a pretty crap bundled game. Course most bundled games are pretty crap. Only time I feel that it isn't, is when it's some special edition of the console.

Microsoft loves to make bundles in Japan. Think they've had like 10 different bundles. Usually the console, game, faceplate, and other random crap.

RE: Bundled Games
By Spivonious on 2/2/2009 10:28:54 AM , Rating: 3
It was only bundled in the US. Europe got Wii Play bundled.

With that said, I own about 15 Wii games, and Wii Sports is still the one I use the most. Its strength is its simplicity.

RE: Bundled Games
By Madzombie on 2/3/2009 5:24:21 AM , Rating: 3
This isn't true, when I bought my Wii in the UK it came with Wii Sports. I just checked and it's still being bundled with all new consoles:

RE: Bundled Games
By UltimateMonty on 2/2/2009 11:01:25 AM , Rating: 4
remember that for many of the old NES systems Super Mario Bros was bundled with it. so it's numbers would be skewed as well.

RE: Bundled Games
By StevoLincolnite on 2/2/2009 6:20:03 PM , Rating: 2
If I remember correctly (This was many many many years ago after all)The Snes first came out with Super Mario All-Stars which were 5 different Mario games, then Later it came bundled with Donkey Kong Country. (Here in Australia anyway).

My gawd, I remember playing those consoles when they were all the rage... Time flies when your having fun!

RE: Bundled Games
By foolsgambit11 on 2/3/2009 1:35:44 PM , Rating: 2
No, it should count. Just like they count MS OS sales when they are bundled with computers. Or, even more aptly, that they count hard drive, memory, or (to some extent) video card sales when so many of the sales are chosen by the OEM, and aren't really the primary purchasing criterion for the end user.

This isn't to say that there shouldn't be a second category for independent retail sales. That would tell us something very important. With modern consoles having internet connections, it would be great if there were anonymous usage statistics sent in to tell us how much time people spend on each game. That would give us useful statistics on what kind of games people really like, too.

limited games?
By Dreifort on 2/2/2009 9:47:07 AM , Rating: 2
Do they not make Sex Villa for Wii yet? That would be quite entertaining with the, uh...errr...nunchucks.

RE: limited games?
By afkrotch on 2/2/2009 1:11:26 PM , Rating: 3
Nope, but let this entertain you for a while.

Would be fun if it were real.

RE: limited games?
By Dreifort on 2/2/2009 3:29:34 PM , Rating: 2
Wii Play's numbers are very impressive, sad
By Sunrise089 on 2/2/2009 11:24:38 AM , Rating: 2
Obviously Wii Sports is bundled, but the fact that Wii Play has sold 3x as many copies as Mario Galaxy is telling to me. I would assume that about 90% of traditional gamers who own a Wii have Mario Galaxy, so the 14M+ folks with Wii fit and not Mario Galaxy (could be more depending on overlap) certainly help prove Nintendo's "casual gamers first" strategy (as if we needed more proof).

RE: Wii Play's numbers are very impressive, sad
By acase on 2/2/2009 11:59:01 AM , Rating: 2
Wii Play's numbers would only impressive because it came with the second wiimote everyone needed for just a little bit more than the wiimote itself. I'd say it probably only got played through once or twice on most peoples' systems but was still well worth the money.

By inperfectdarkness on 2/2/2009 6:48:58 PM , Rating: 2
Wii Play sold well for a simple reason:

the game was the nintendo equivalent of serious sam. everyone else is selling $50-60 games. it's a $10 game with a normally priced controller. it's almost stupid NOT to buy it.

pure genius, nintendo. genius.

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