If you recall, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime stated last month that New Super Mario Bros. Wii will outsell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 over the holiday season. The first leg of the race is over and it's not looking so great for Mario.

The November 2009 NPD report reveals that Modern Warfare 2 sold 4.2 million copies in the month on the Xbox 360. New Super Marios Bros. Wii, meanwhile, racked up a little under 1.4 million. Fils-Aime claimed that Mario would overtake MW2 by the end of January. There's still a lot of time left but they've got a big hole to climb out of, here.

Why'd he choose the entire holiday season for comparison instead of just the first month? Well, Nintendo likes to refer to their games as "evergreens" that sell steady amounts even well after their release. Note that Mario Kart Wii managed to sell 315K this month, despite being a year and a half old. Still, even COD games, with their yearly sequels, have sustained sales. By May 2009, Call of Duty 4 had moved over 13 million copies. It's not like these "hardcore" games just have a big launch and then fizzle out.

There is some wiggle room for Reggie if Mario fails to best MW2. Fils-Aime's original quote was that NSMBW beat MW2 on "one particular platform." GameTrailers TV host Geoff Keighley, who had been interviewing him, clarified that as being the Xbox 360 (as it was expected to sell more copies for that system). Still, I don't doubt Nintendo will end up bragging about beating the PS3's MW2 sales, which totaled 1.83 million. It's not clear if that'll even happen, however.

No matter what happens, Wii and DS are still selling in ridiculous amounts and 1.4 million is still pretty great so it's not like Nintendo's starving. The gauntlet-throwing just seemed silly. Don't bet against holiday time shooters, especially if they've got Call of Duty in their name. I guess the trash-talking makes sifting through sales data a bit more fun, though.

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