After receiving a fair amount of criticism for content droughts with the Wii U, Nintendo has made sure that the Switch wouldn’t follow that same path. Each month has essentially brought a high-quality release to the new system after its launch back in March from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, to Splatoon 2. Prior to its release, most people assumed Super Mario Odyssey was being positioned as Nintendo’s most important IP this year. As it turns out, the game is apparently selling much faster than people assumed.
In its six month financial report to investors, Nintendo revealed that Super Mario Odyssey has already sold more than two million copies in just three days since launch. Nintendo estimates that about 7 million Switch consoles have been sold globally, making the three-day numbers for the latest Mario game even more impressive. Ultimately, Nintendo is hoping that the game will eventually be seen as an evergreen title, showing solid sales longevity beyond the holiday market period.
Nintendo notes that part of the success likely stems from both the high review scores the game has managed to accrue last week, which directly led to a lot of positive buzz from players over social media sites. The game also managed to score many awards from media outlets at various tradeshows like E3 and Gamescom this year as well, helping fans perceptions of the title as well. With the holiday season fast approaching, Nintendo is bracing for another high demand season for not only this game, but the console itself by once again increasing production.
Though Super Mario Odyssey has already received its fair share of perfect scores, Nintendo took a slight risk with the latest title in its flagship franchise. The lives mechanic, which essentially dictated how many deaths a player could suffer before seeing a game over screen has been completely removed from Odyssey. While many would argue that limited lives added a sense of challenge, Nintendo felt that this system didn’t make as much sense as it has in the past due to the broad, exploration-focused gameplay rather than tight and focused levels found in previous games.
Super Mario Odyssey is available now on Nintendo Switch.
Source: Nintendo Financial Results Briefing