Nintendo Releases Shipment Numbers of 3 Top Franchises

Nintendo has recently released data showing the worldwide shipment figures for three of it’s coveted franchises: Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Mario Kart.  The charts below show the units shipped in millions.  and start from the franchise beginnings and continue to the present.

Some of the figures might be surprising, such as Super Mario Bros 1 out shipping all other Mario Bros almost 2 to 1.  But keep in mind that every gamer that bought an NES received a copy if the cartridge.  I am shocked that Super Mario Bros. 3 did not ship more units.  The advertisements for the game were ridiculous, there was even a movie that showed it to the world!

Now, the numbers below are missing a couple other key franchises in the Nintendo Universe:


Super Smash Bros. (N64): 5,550,000
Super Smash Bros. Melee (NGC): 7,410,000
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii): 10,790,000

Pokémon Red/Green/Blue (GB): 31,380,000*
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire (GBA): 16,220,000
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl (NDS): 17,610,000
Pokémon Black/White (NDS): 14,710,000
Pokémon Fire Red/Leaf Green (GBA): 12,000,000
Pokémon Heart Gold/Soul Silver (NDS): 12,400,000

* Red/Green/Blue numbers are from the Guinness Book.

Are there any numbers below that you think should have been higher, or possibly lower? 


6 Responses to Nintendo Releases Shipment Numbers of 3 Top Franchises

  1. sam says:

    Back then, those smb3 numbers were insane. I wish Zelda sold more, it sure deserves it

  2. wakko1337 says:

    I’m sure the SMB figure incorporates the fact that you can get the game on almost EVERY Nintendo console there is…

  3. Juja says:

    Woo, Twilight Princess almost caught OoT. Twilight Princess has gotten way too much hate. It actually had a lot of my favorite aspects of the series (battle training with the skeleton warrior, Midna, certain dungeons, bosses, and items).

    It also makes total sense that Skyward Sword has sold on par with Majora’s Mask. They both came out toward the end of the console’s life, they both required some sort of additional hardware (expansion pack and Wii motion +), and there had already been a mainline Zelda game on each console. I realize the Wii install base is like triple the N64’s, but the Wii Fit/Sports audience isn’t necessarily going to rush out to get a new Zelda game.

    I’m also pretty pleased to see that Brawl has outsold Melee by a hefty margin. Take that, ya Brawl haters!

  4. Kaiser Soze says:

    I think Skyward Sword deserves better numbers.

  5. Juja says:

    Oh, Skyward Sword definitely does deserve better numbers, but it makes sense that it’s sold as much as it has.

  6. Mustache Killer says:

    twilight princess is one of my favorite zelda games. I’ve told my friends its everything that OoT is and much much more. Cool to see that it’s sales are almost par w/ OoT

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