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Super Mario Bros. Wonder dominates Sonic Superstars in Japan

Nintendo is clearly winning this round
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Best hide this piece of news from any animal protection agencies, because what Mario did to Sonic the Hedgehog this last week is borderline criminal. The Famitsu sales numbers (via Nintendo Everything) for the week of October 16 to 22, 2023, are in and show that Super Mario Bros. Wonder had a grand launch in Japan, selling 638,634 physical copies. As usual, we don’t have any digital numbers completing the picture, but those physical numbers already tell a success story.

Sonic Superstars, on the other hand, managed a mere 4,128 physical sales in its first week – a devastating defeat for Sega’s blue hedgehog at the hands of Nintendo’s Italian plumber. That’s a dominating performance from Nintendo, which has clearly already won this round of the mascot duel, especially if you consider that Sonic launched earlier and thus had more time to sell copies.

Mario in Super Mario Bros Wonder in the form of an elephant flexing

Mario is flexing with those sales numbers.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 debuted with 77,348 physical sales, taking second place behind the new Mario game as the only PS5 title in the top ten of the charts – everything else is on Nintendo Switch. Pikmin 4 is still claiming a top four spot on the list, adding more than 10,000 physical sales over this time period to slowly but steadily close in on a million physical copies sold in Japan alone.

Nintendo has also announced that Wonder is the fastest selling Super Mario game in Europe in company history, so the new release is clearly resonating with Nintendo fans worldwide.

If you’re currently playing through Mario’s newest adventure, you should check out our Mario Wonder Search Party Puzzling Park level guide.