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A look at the Wii’s best-selling software

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Posted on September 30, 2011 AT 03:50pm

THE BUZZ: You hear talk thrown around all of the time—this game sold great, while nobody bought that game. As well, we all know that the Wii has been a powerhouse of a system, pushing an amazing number of units in its still short lifespan. But how have sales actually been for the Wii’s library?

Nintendo Power recently compiled a list of all of the Wii games that have sold over a million copies in the United States. Here’s that list, in order of units sold (in millions):

  1. Wii Play – 13.04
  2. Mario Kart Wii – 10.64
  3. Super Mario Bros. Wii – 8.36
  4. Wii Fit w/ Balance Board – 8.15
  5. Wii Sports Resort – 6.05
  6. Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board – 5.35
  7. Super Smash Bros.: Brawl – 5.28
  8. Just Dance 2 – 5.09
  9. Super Mario Galaxy – 4.38
  10. Link’s Crossbow Training – 3.47
  11. Mario Party 8 – 3.47
  12. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – 2.82
  13. Guitar Hero III – 2.76
  14. Just Dance – 2.71
  15. LEGO Star Wars: Complete Saga – 2.48
  16. Super Mario Galaxy 2 – 2.4
  17. Donkey Kong Country Returns – 2.35
  18. Mario & Sonic at Olympic Games – 2.12
  19. Carnival Games – 1.88
  20. Michael Jackson: Experience – 1.88
  21. Game Party – 1.78
  22. Wii Fit Plus (Standalone) – 1.71
  23. EA Sports Active – 1.56
  24. Disney Epic Mickey – 1.52
  25. Zumba Fitness: Join the Party – 1.42
  26. Deca Sports – 1.35
  27. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games – 1.34
  28. Rayman Raving Rabbids – 1.28
  29. Super Paper Mario – 1.27
  30. LEGO Batman – 1.17
  31. Wii Music – 1.16
  32. Mario Super Sluggers – 1.13
  33. Cooking Mama: Cook Off – 1.08
  34. LEGO Indiana Jones: Original Adventures – 1.08
  35. Animal Crossing: City Folk – 1.06
  36. Wipeout: The Game – 1.06
  37. Star Wars: Force Unleashed – 1.06
  38. Resident Evil 4 – 1.05
  39. Guitar Hero World Tour – 1.02
  40. uDraw – 1.02
  41. Rock Band Special Edition – 1.01
  42. Call of Duty: World at War – 1.01

 

EGM’s TAKE: What do you think of this list? Any games you think should have sold better? Any you think sold more than they deserved? Any of your favorite Wii games not make the list?

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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