Sometimes, when you're writing one news story, another pops up. I didn't mean to write two Super Mario Odyssey sales stories back-to-back, but that's the way things shook out.
Nintendo announced today that Super Mario Odyssey has sold 1.1 million copies within five days of launch in the United States. That makes it the fastest-selling "Super Mario" title in our region, beating a record established by New Super Mario Bros Wii.
"The public continues to respond positively to Mario's latest adventure," said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. "We're also seeing sales momentum for Nintendo Switch thanks to an ever-growing catalog of games from large publishers and indie developers."
It's hard to gauge if this is the fastest-selling game with "Mario" in the title at all in the United States. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the fastest-selling Mario Kart in history upon release, but the times weren't comparable. Official numbers from Nintendo pegged that at 550,000 units (physical and digital) for just two days on sale. There's no indication as to whether the latter 3 days would've matched Super Mario Odyssey's numbers.
All told, the Nintendo Switch has sold 2.6 million systems in the US as of the end of October. This shows the relative strength of the Japanese market for Nintendo's platform, as the life-to-date Media Create numbers show the Switch at 2,041,221 systems sold to date.