Mario sprints forward

It looks like Super Mario Odyssey has been a big hit for Nintendo. Not only has it received almost universal praise from critics, but it's also set a new milestone for the series, becoming the fastest-selling Super Mario title in the history of the mushroom kingdom.

Nintendo announced via a recent press release that Super Mario Odyssey is selling like hot cakes, moving more than 1.1 million copies in the U.S. alone during its first five days on the market. That makes it not only the fastest-selling Mario game, but also the fastest-selling game for the successful Switch platform.

The first part of that statement is impressive, especially considering the fact that, before the launch of Odyssey, the buzz going around the internet was that gamers "weren't super interested in Mario anymore." Nintendo made Odyssey the highlight of their E3 booth this year with lines to spend 20 minutes with the game filling up for a day's worth of appointments almost as soon as the showroom doors opened. So, despite the sudden questioning of Mario's relevance in the modern age of gaming, we felt pretty confident that Odyssey would do just fine.

As for it being the fastest-selling Switch game to date, that part isn't all that baffling. There have been plenty of hits for the console during this first year but, honestly, only The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild stood a chance of competing for that crown. And since that game launched alongside the console rather than eight months in, we figure Mario had the advantage in terms of audience. That's not to say that sales for either isn't impressive, just that you can't expect a game that's literally limited by the number of consoles made available on launch day to compete with a game that has almost a year's worth of Switch adopters ready to pick it up.

Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime made a few comments in that same press release, specifically that the "public continues to respond positively to Mario's latest adventure." In an industry overgrown with hyperbole, we think that's a rather humble way to say "this game sold a ridiculous number of copies in less than a week, y'all!" Fils-Aime goes on to say that Nintendo is pleased by the continued momentum of the Switch console, which has been bolstered by everything from large publishers to indie developers.

At present, the Switch has sold through 2.6 million units here in the U.S. In other words, one in three Switch owners picked up Mario Odyssey in the first five days following its launch. The statement adds that Nintendo is ramping up supply leading into the holidays, which is evident at most major retailers. We've finally hit a point where you can walk into just about any store and pick up one of Nintendo's new consoles, which we imagine will mean even more impressive sales figures by the end of the year.

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