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Super Mario: The Timeless Bestseller

This article is published in collaboration with Statista

by Felix Richter

Almost 40 years after making his debut in an arcade game in 1983, the world's most famous plumber ("It's-a-me, Mario!") is currently conquering the big screen, as "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" has already surpassed $1 billion in global box office.

With Super Mario, Nintendo has managed the rare feat of creating a video game character that bridges generations. “Super Mario Bros.”, the now second 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 (or movie) still sparks excitement among millions of players around the world.

With more than 650 million copies sold, Super Mario is the best-selling video game character in the world, according to Guinnes World Records. The following charts ranks the most popular Super Mario games by the number of units sold.

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