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The plumber and the pipe make history.

Chris Kerr

February 6, 2024

1 Min Read
Mario rides the inchworm pipe
Image via Nintendo

Super Mario Bros. Wonder has sold-through 10.7 million copies to become the fastest-selling Super Mario title in history.

That's according to Nintendo, which shared the milestone in its fiscal report for the nine months ended December 31, 2023.

Crucially, the news means we can optimistically assume that vast swathes of players have dutifully hitched a ride on the fabled inchworm pipe at Nintendo's behest.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder launched in October 2023 and had sold-through 10.7 million copies worldwide by the end of December. Nintendo shipped almost 12 million copies of Wonder over the same period.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder's strong start

Nintendo said Wonder made a "strong start" but reported an overall 4.7 percent decline in software sales across the first three quarters of the fiscal year.

Switch hardware sales also dipped by 7.8 percent year-on-year, but as we noted in our fiscal breakdown that didn't stop Nintendo from giving its hardware forecast a shot in the arm.

The Nintendo Switch family is closing in on 140 million lifetime sales and could overtake the Nintendo DS to become the best-selling Nintendo console of all time if it shifts another 15 million units.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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