Super Mario Odyssey released in October last year to critically acclaimed reviews. The game has also sold marvelously well. Back in January, GameIndustry.biz confirmed that Odyssey was the highest selling Switch game, selling over nine million units. Now, as of March 31, Nintendo says Odyssey has cracked 10.41 million units globally.
No other Switch game has reached the 10 million mark as of March 31. This says a couple of things. One, Mario has remained a culturally significant character recognized by many. And two, the game is simply worth a purchase. Odyssey has diverse, passionately designed worlds. Cappy is more than a simple gimmick; it's a fundamental part of the gameplay, from possessing a Tyrannosaurus Rex, to running around as a Goomba. The soundtrack is memorable, even featuring passionately done lyrical songs like the now famous 'Jump Up, Super Star!' It would not be a stretch to say that the game combines everything that has made the franchise so endearing all these years.
Nintendo has continued to support Odyssey via free DLC updates. We got quite a few new costumes, such as the Baseball uniform, and more recently an outfit based off of the Broodal enemy, Topper. Perhaps most importantly, Nintendo brought Mario's green-hatted brother in a mode called "Luigi's Balloon World." This is an online multiplayer mode were the player hides a balloon, and another person has to find it in a race against the clock. With an incredible number of units sold, it stands to reason that Nintendo will continue supporting the game through 2018.
Back in January, Nintendo confirmed that the Switch was the fastest selling home video game system of all time in the United States. No doubt that Odyssey has been a major part of the console's sales. After all, Nintendo made Odyssey out to be an event game, such as having a big New York City launch celebration. 'Jump Up, Super Star!' was even performed by Kate Higgins, the song's English singer, at the 2017 Game Awards. Clearly, Super Mario Odyssey has permeated popular culture in such a short span of time, and will be remembered as one of Nintendo's best.