Continuing the success of the Nintendo Switch's impressive hardware and software sales, the house that Mario built has revealed a list of the best-selling first-party Nintendo Switch games. While the usual culprits like Mario, Zelda, Kirby, and Donkey Kong are all in the mix, which game comes out on top after the console's launch last year?
As Sony and Microsoft duke it out with their own exclusives, Nintendo happily carves its own path with a colorful batch of family-friendly, first-party games. Although the Switch is far from being Nintendo's best-selling console, its current catalog of games continues to grab headlines even months after some of their launches.
Revealed by Nintendo in its financial highlights, gamers can now get a look at which of the Switch's games have sold more than a million copies. Including fan-favorite games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the newly-released Mario Tennis Aces, and the inventive Nintendo Labo accessory, there is a wide selection of genres to choose from. The full list can be found below:
- Super Mario Odyssey – 11.17 million
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 10.35 million
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 9.32 million
- Splatoon 2 – 6.76 million
- 1-2-Switch – 2.45 million
- ARMS – 2.01 million
- Kirby Star Allies – 1.89 million
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – 1.42 million
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – 1.40 million
- Nintendo Labo – 1.39 million
- Mario Tennis Aces – 1.38 million
Leading the pack is Super Mario Odyssey, which helped catapult the Switch into the mainstream and continue the runaway success of the Mario franchise, as Super Mario 64 did for the Nintendo 64 and Super Mario Sunshine for the GameCube.
With Mario being the company's mascot, it makes sense that his games lead the pack of Nintendo best-sellers. Considering that The Legend of Zelda series has 32 years under its belt and given the critical acclaim of Breath of the Wild, it is also unsurprising that the latest game slots into third place. The list shows that Nintendo's legacy characters still hold a lot of sway when it comes to selling games. While players might not buy a game just because it has Mario in its title, the Switch has done a stellar job of proving why the podgy plumber deserves his place at the top.
Although Nintendo was a disappointment at this year's E3 expo, the upcoming slate of games should see the list of best-sellers shift considerably. With all the nostalgic fun of Super Mario Party and a supersized Smash Bros. on its way, let's not forget that there's a new Pokemon RPG set for 2019. Although the likes of Super Mario Odyssey have set the bar high, even the Switch's best-selling games had better watch their backs in the near future.