In a franchise loaded with superlatives that span most of console gaming’s history, it’s hard not to pay attention when Nintendo says Mario has managed to burst, raised fist first, through another stratospheric sales record.
But that’s exactly what the company has done only one week after the release of Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch. In a wide-ranging financial report this week, Nintendo revealed the newest platformer for its flagship mustachioed mascot had sold more than 2 million units in the first three days of its availability — the fastest sales pace in the history of the Mario franchise.
A hat-less Mario took a pause from all the hoppin’ and boppin’ to help the company celebrate the sales milestone on Twitter:
Sure, two million is a huge-sounding number, but here’s how Forbes wrapped some perspective into its real significance: “Breath of the Wild, Nintendo’s other big hit this year, sold 2.7 million copies….in two months.”
Yes, the Switch’s install base is more robust than it was when Link’s latest adventure released to universal acclaim — but Super Mario Odyssey’s sales pace is nevertheless an order of magnitude greater.
Like Breath of the Wild, too, Odyssey has received what amounts to universal acclaim from critics. It holds a unicorn-like 97 rating among Metacritic’s 91 aggregated reviews to date, 43 of which (so far) are perfect scores.
The proof’s in the playing, though: If you’ve gotten your hands on the game, stop dodging Goombas long enough to let us know what you think of Super Mario Odyssey in the comments!