Despite lower review scores, a shaky economy, and some stiff holiday competition, New Super Mario Bros Wii has already sold over ten million copies, thus outselling Super Mario Galaxy a mere eight weeks since its launch.
It isn’t surprising that NSMB Wii has sold well; after all, the original DS version of New Super Mario Bros has sold over twenty-one million copies. What is surprising, is how fast it’s sold, and that Galaxy has only managed to move eight million copies, despite the Wii’s fifty-six million install base.
Extrapolating from the comparison between sales numbers and the speed at which these titles have flown off shelves, I think it’s safe to make two assumptions: first, that if you own a Wii and haven’t purchased Galaxy, expect Nintendo fanboys to egg your house as soon as their mom’s kick them off the family television. And second, that we can expect a lot more Nintendo titles with the word “new” in them somewhere.
I can’t wait for Newer Newest New Super Mario Bros Wii 2 and The New Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Newest Mask. I predict that both will be 2D, both will have chaotic multiplayer, neither will have online support, and they’ll sell faster than black market cupcakes at fat camp.