Wii Has Eight More Million-Sellers Than GameCube

If these figures are accurate, we can assume Mario is plumbing toilets with diamond-encrusted plungers.

According to sales-tracking Web site VG Chartz, 48 games for the Nintendo Wii have sold one million or more copies worldwide, an impressive figure given the console has been available less than three years.

Nintendo’s last system, the GameCube had 40 million-sellers in more than seven years, eight less than Wii.

Breaking down the platinum list by title, Wii Sports still sits atop the list of Wii’s best sellers. Including pack-in sales, the popular sports collection has sold more than 44 million copies worldwide. It is included with the console in all territories but Japan.

Rounding out the VG Chartz list of Wii’s ten worldwide best-sellers are Wii Play (22 million), Wii Fit (18 million), Mario Kart Wii (15 million), Super Smash Bros. Brawl (8 million), Super Mario Galaxy, (8 million), Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (7 million), Mario Party 8 (6 million), the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (5 million) and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (4 million).

All but two of these Wii games were published by Nintendo.

Comparing GameCube and Wii sales data further emphasizes the prior’s relatively disappointing software performance at retail. GameCube’s best-selling title, the 7-year-old Super Smash Bros. Melee has sold 7 million copies worldwide to date, a total already surpassed by six Wii games.

Software sales for Nintendo’s two latest consoles share one trait in common, however. A strong majority of GameCube’s ten best-selling games (nine, to be exact) were published by Nintendo.

Nintendo released GameCube in all territories by May 2002 and sold little more than 22 million systems worldwide. The company launched Wii in Nov. 2006 and is nearing 50 million units sold.