As we're heading into the weekend, video game enthusiasts around the world are trembling with excitement as Nintendo is releasing the first Super Mario game (in the traditional sense) for the Nintendo Switch today. Super Mario Odyssey is a 3D platform game, that sees Mario explore different worlds, ranging from cities resembling the real world to fantasy-based landscapes reminiscent of classic Super Mario games.
With Super Mario, Nintendo
has managed the rare feat of creating a video game character that bridges generations. “Super Mario Bros”, the most-successful game featuring Mario and his brother Luigi was published in 1985 and today, more than 30 years later, the release of a Super Mario game still sparks excitement among millions of players around the world.
With more than half a billion copies sold, Super Mario is the best-selling video game franchise in the world, according to Guinnes World Records. The following charts ranks the most popular Super Mario games by the number of units sold.