Nintendo’s latest Super Mario installment is already off to a successful start. The company announced today that more than 1 million units of Super Mario Maker have been sold around the world since its launch on September 11, 2014.
While playing the latest title, fans of Mario have created more than 2.2 million Super Mario courses, which combined have been played nearly 75 million times. That is a lot of power-ups, tubes and bricks.
“For Mario fans around the world, including myself, Super Mario Maker was a dream 30 years in the making,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The game has captured and unlocked the imaginations of gaming fans of all ages and brought their dedication to Nintendo to a whole new level.”
Using the touch screen of the Wii U GamePad controller, Super Mario Maker players can create levels in four different Super Mario game styles. The game offers dozens of enemies, items and power-ups, and lets people design everything from the terrain to where to place Warp Pipes.
Completed levels can then be uploaded and enjoyed by other players around the world. Some seem simple, some offer fun challenges and some prove maddeningly difficult – it all depends on the designer. But everyone can find courses to enjoy and may find some courses to provide insightful inspiration for their own new creations.
Nintendo will be continuing Mario’s 30th anniversary with more fan-events and throughout the year. The Mario franchise has sold over 310 million units since the tiny plumber took his first steps into the Mushroom Kingdom and he shows no signs of slowing down.