Earlier this month, 4Gamer.net reported that Media Create put Super Mario Party as having sold over 142,000 copies during its first weekend in Japan. Now, we have up-to-date combined global sales for the Nintendo Switch title. Nintendo announced during its recent financial results briefing that Super Mario Party has sold over 1.5 million units worldwide.
To put this number in perspective, let's look at sales for the last main Mario Party installment: Mario Party 10. This game released for the Wii U in 2015. As of September 30th, 2018, Mario Party 10 has sold 2.19 million units worldwide, according to Nintendo. It took three years to achieve that number. Super Mario Party reached over half that number within one month, which is staggering. At this rate, the game could go on to become one of the highest-selling home console titles in the series.
Super Mario Party owes its success to a couple of things. The game was marketed very well, making it seem like an event title than just simply another Mario Party. The Switch is a successful console, so Nintendo had a big opportunity to deliver a definitive party game for it. (1-2-Switch, the Switch's premiere party title, has a mediocre score of 58 on Metacritic.) Good word of mouth for Super Mario Party is spreading. It is the highest-rated Mario Party on Metacritic in years, with a score of 76. The game hasn't received universally outstanding feedback, but it is positive enough to ignite a spark that was lost within the series.
It will be fascinating to see how many more copies Super Mario Party sells within the holiday season. There are two notable Switch titles releasing soon that could prevent a surge in sales: Pokémon: Let's Go and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Let's Go is releasing in about two weeks, and is garnering considerable hype. This will be many's first Pokémon experience. Then Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases in December, a game that is sure to be a massive seller. Although these big releases could stall Super Mario Party's sales, it's going to be an overall profitable time for Nintendo.
Super Mario Party is available for Nintendo Switch.