Top 10 in Sales - Super Nintendo

by William D'Angelo, posted on 03 December 2012 / 8,378 Views

Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise.

This week we will be looking at the top 10 bestselling Super Nintendo games. Last week we looked at the top 10 bestselling fighting games and the week before that the top 10 bestselling games in 2007. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10.

Top 10 Selling SNES Games

Looking at the top 10 bestselling Super Nintendo game, the release dates are spread out over a large period during the consoles life time. One game was released in 1990, one in 1991, two were released in 1992, two were released in 1993, one in 1994, two in 1995, and one in 1996.

The top 10 bestselling Super Nintendo games sold a combined 77.01 million games. Super Mario World is the one game to sell over 20 million units. The game is also one of just 17 video games in history to sell 20 million or more units. Super Mario All-Stars is the only other game that sold 10 million or more units. Also the top six games sold five million or more units and the entire top 10 sold three million or more units.

Eight of the top 10 games are first party, published by Nintendo and two are third party, both published by Capcom. The eight first party games sold a combined 66.61 million units, or 86.5 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two Capcom games sold a combined 10.40 million units, or 13.5 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Top 10 Selling SNES Games

Taking a look at the top 10 bestselling fighting games as a graph really shows how popular the Mario franchise was for the console. Four of the games have Mario in the title and two of those titles are mainline Mario games. The two Super Mario World titles sold a combined 24.73 million units, or 32.1 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Also Donkey Kong was an important franchise for the console. There are three titles for the franchise which sold a combined 17.95 million units, or 23.3 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Looking outside the top 10, the third bestselling third party title is Final Fantasy III which just missed the top 10 with sales of 3.42 million units. The next bestselling third party title is Dragon Quest VI with sales of 3.19 million units.

As a quick note here are other software sales for the Super Nintendo: The top 20 games sold two million or more units and the top 48 games sold one million or more units. The top 77 games sold 500,000 or more units.

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11 Comments

bonkers555 (on 03 December 2012)

I still have those 10 games in my collection. SNES greatest console of all-time!


ganoncrotch (on 05 December 2012)

So jealous, I have all of them barring Yoshis Island. I could never get my hands on a copy of it for sale during the life of the SNES only place in the area had a rental copy of it which I kept out for 2 full weeks to unlock everything but had to return it and never got another chance at getting the game.


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happydolphin (on 03 December 2012)

Super Metroid misses the list, but so many great games there that it's ok.


ganoncrotch (on 05 December 2012)

The last metroid is in captivity.... The Galaxy is at peace....

Shivers up spine, seriously. great game.


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platformmaster918 (on 03 December 2012)

had no idea donkey kong was that huge! waaaay more than zelda which is surprising.


ganoncrotch (on 05 December 2012)

DKC was a graphical marvel back when it was launched and also bundled all over the place in the later life of the SNES


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RedInker (on 03 December 2012)

God I love my SNES. Played all of those games. Great games great times.


spurgeonryan (on 03 December 2012)

Street fighter was my first big game after mario. Then robocop vs terminator which was awesome!


RedInker (on 03 December 2012)

The UK never got Robocop vs Terminator :-( I always wanted to play it.


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DanneSandin (on 03 December 2012)

Who says 3rd party don't sell on Nintendo systems? ^^


Deanff3 (on 05 December 2012)

Make also the Sega Genesis !!!


crissindahouse (on 03 December 2012)

cool i bought all of them back then and i played street fighter II turbo against my mother lol


DieAppleDie (on 03 December 2012)

So Mario, Donkey and Street fighter


vfguy (on 03 December 2012)

Other than Mario World, none of my favorite SNES games made the list. To NoirSon, Mortal Kombat isn't on there because Nintendo took out the blood, so most people bought the Genesis version.


NoirSon (on 03 December 2012)

I am surprised Mortal Kombat isn't up there. Given all the hype surrounding that series at the time, I'd figure at least one of the games (especially the uncensored MKII) would be a top seller.