It’S a-Me, Your Best-(Sorta)-Selling Game Ever! Wii Sports!
January 10th, 2009
Nintendo’s first money printing machine was Super Mario Bros., which sold 40 million units. What kind of game do you think could top that? A Zelda game? Pokemon? Another Mario game? It’s none of the above, because a certain bundled game called Wii Sports has now sold at least 42 million copies.
According to VGChartz, Wii Sportz achieved that in just over 2 years thanks to Nintendo’z marketing skillz. With over 45 million Wii consoles sold, Nintendo’s bundling of Wii Sports ensured that almost every customer who owns a Wii also has a copy of the game. VGChartz alzo remindz us that the game wasn’t given away for free with every purchase of the console: Wii Sports was offered alongside the Wii, same as Super Mario Bros. was offered with the NES.
If you want to check out the other 8 runners-up in the top 10 best selling games of all time, check out the original VGChartz article. For those too lazy to read the whole thing, here’s the summary: to have a game in the top 10 your company’s name must be “Nintendo”, and you must have bundled your video game with a console at some point. Nintendo + Bundling = $$$$. It’s that simple.