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Life-to-date sales of the biggest Nintendo games


We know that Nintendo is doing very well financially as of the end of fiscal 2008. And, of course, we know that hardware sales play a major role in that windfall. But how is Nintendo doing in terms of software sales? Very well, thank you! The company released a list of every million-selling first-party title on the Wii and DS as a supplement (PDF link) to its financial report, with no real surprises other than, perhaps, the monolithic bigness of some of the numbers.

The best-selling Wii title, of course, is Wii Sports, which sold 45.7 million copies across North American and European bundle sales and standalone Japanese sales.The best-selling DS game: Nintendogs, at 22.3 million copies!

We're just happy to see the wonderful Rhythm Heaven on the list, though there is something odd about it: according to the data, Rhythm Heaven sold 140,000 copies outside of Japan -- but the game didn't even come out in the West until April 5, after the end of the fiscal year.

The full list is after the break. Spoiler alert: if you are the type of person who gets angry about Nintendo's success in the expanded market, this will anger you.

[Via Kotaku]


  1. Nintendogs (22.27 million)
  2. New Super Mario Bros. (18.45 million)
  3. Brain Age (17.41 million)
  4. Pokemon Diamond/Pearl (16.81 million)
  5. Mario Kart DS (14.61 million)
  6. Brain Age 2 (13.71 million)
  7. Animal Crossing: Wild World (10.79 million)
  8. Super Mario 64 DS (7.5 million)
  9. Mario Party DS (5.85 million)
  10. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness (4.5 million)
  11. Pokemon Platinum (3.75 million)
  12. Kirby Super Star Ultra (2.36 million)
  13. Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (2.04 million)
  14. Rhythm Heaven (1.92 million)
  15. Personal Trainer: Cooking (1.84 million)
  16. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Western sales only -- Japanese version published by Level-5) (1.65 million)
  1. Wii Sports (45.71 million)
  2. Wii Play (22.98 million)
  3. Wii Fit (18.22 million)
  4. Mario Kart Wii (15.4 million)
  5. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (8.43 million)
  6. Super Mario Galaxy (8.02 million)
  7. Mario Party 8 (6.72 million)
  8. Link's Crossbow Training (3.76 million)
  9. Animal Crossing: City Folk (3.38 million)
  10. Wii Music (2.65 million)
  11. Mario Super Sluggers (1.26 million)

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