Nintendo’s second quarter for 2019 financial briefing has confirmed the Super Mario Party sold a total of 1.5 million copies in the month of October. That’s in line with early reports the new switch title performed impressively.
The new game returns back to the basics of the original Super Mario game that stoked the passions and won the patronage of many game lovers, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said. Furukawa also stated that the game channels the same series’ roots and provides less complicated game mechanics. He also noted how the Super Mario Party was a ‘finished’ game with wide appeal:
‘It is a title packed with gameplay enjoyable by all, and that speaks to the ‘play anytime, anywhere, with anyone’ concept of Nintendo Switch. It is a finished game with an appeal that is immediately apparent, and a game that everyone from regular gamers to newbies can enjoy playing together. We expect it to become an evergreen title for scenarios like parties where people come together.’
Furukawa went on to reiterate how the series had an extremely strong start compared to previous installments and had built up plenty of momentum ahead of the holiday season. He also confirmed Joy-Con sales had increased because of the release of this title, following reports of shortages on select websites.
‘The good evaluations by consumers have been borne out by the recent sell-through. Global sell-through has exceeded 1.5 million units following its release on October 5. Super Mario Party had an extremely strong start compared to other installments in the series and has built up momentum ahead of the holiday season. We are also seeing an increase in Joy-Con sell-through with the release of this title.’
It’s unsurprising the success of the iconic game, as it is for many a walk down memory lane aided by current game technologies and crisp playing experience.