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Wii Sports Is the World's Best-Selling Video Game

Are You Surprised Wii Sports Is the Best-Selling Video Game?

Software company VGChartz says that Wii Sports is the world's best-selling video game, which has raised more than a few eyebrows. I certainly credit the game for being a great introduction to the Wii itself (there's a reason that it comes with the console), and to selling people on the Wii and casual gaming in general.

Best-selling is certainly different than saying it's the best (you said the best for 2008 was the Wii Fit), and I also wonder if the fact that the sales of the Wii are so good that Wii Sports is getting the props because it's included. In any case, it has surpassed Super Mario Bros. in sales, which could not have been an easy feat.

So tell me, all things considered, are you surprised that the world's best-selling video game is Wii Sports?


han00 han00 8 years
Wii sports rules! I had arm cramp throughout Christmas because i had no idea how addictive it could be. X
yeahimkristin yeahimkristin 8 years
Oh and Evil, most of Nintendo's games don't have speaking instead they have text. I'm speaking about actual Nintendo products, not third party like EA or Activision. That way they don't have to pay for voice acting, just composers and musicians!
yeahimkristin yeahimkristin 8 years
I work with video games and as far as our stats go I would say that GTA 4, Call of Duty 4, Mario Kart and Wii Fit are the most sold. It's hard to buy Wii Sports by itself without buying a system unless you're buying it used. I don't know how they can say it's the top selling video game when it's sold with the system. That's like saying Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt was the highest selling game for the NES system when in reality it came with the system. I think they need to give more credit to the Mario Kart/Wii Fit frenzy... people are going crazy trying to find them. I think I answer the phone 50 times a day and almost all of those times people are asking for Wii's and Wii Fit. It makes me sad to see the products the Wii has produced. The third party titles, while great family and get-together games, they aren't for the serious gamer. I was devastated when I read that instead of a serious Legend of Zelda coming out it's for the casual gamer. Legend of Zelda has never been for the casual gamer. Sorry most of that was completely off topic- but I love video game talks! =)
erin44213 erin44213 8 years
I wasnt sure about the wii in general to start off with. But I played it at my friends house and LOVED it. Im more of a sega or psp user but I think I will go buy one just to play the bowling and tennis. :)
scissorz scissorz 8 years
i think that this is a really fun game to play with a group too. after a night of galavanting around town we always bring people over and many times we bust out the wii sports. it is always so fun to be silly together like that
jlynn818 jlynn818 8 years
I like wii sports but I was going to ask doesn't it come with the Wii itself? I don't play Wii Sports much anymore; now I just do the Wii Fit :)
telewyo telewyo 8 years
There are definitely better games out there both action and graphics-wise but I think the simplicity is why it is so popular. My 85 year old grandma tried bowling this christmas and beat us all! She had never played any sort of video game before and is scared of most technology and computers but she was totally into Wii Sports and it only took her a couple of frames to get the hang of it.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I love Wii Sports. I don't have a Wii, but whenever I'm hanging out with someone that does, I love to play it, especially bowling! I think that's why it's such a great game - it's easy and fun for one person, or four people, so it's very versatile in that way. Though I can imagine getting bored with it if I actually had the console, but I'll have to wait and see on that one. :)
misscococherie misscococherie 8 years
i'm surprised, wii sports is a cool game to play when u have guests at your house believe me you will be entertained but not the best game out there
krae85 krae85 8 years
I think Wii Sports is totally boring, I can only guess it's a big seller because parents are buying it hoping their kids will be more active. ??
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
So part of the reason it's the best-selling game has to do with the bundling, but think of how little actual language that game has. Because it's mostly music and grunts and such, you wouldn't have to re-do the voice acting, tons of text, etc. Plus hitting around a tennis ball is enjoyable whether you're 5 or 50... unlike mowing aliens down or collecting manna while venturing through a fantasy world.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I completely agree TidalWave... I doubt Wii Sports will be around like Mario. And yes, you can buy the original Mario for the via as long as you have an Internet connection on your Wii.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
It's a bundled game, but I still think it'd be insanely popular if it wasn't bundled.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Well they are both bundled games. Every original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) came bundled with Super Mario Brothers/Duckhunt. So that is definitely the reason why both games are up there in best-selling games. However, I do not think that Wii Sports has the longevity Super Mario Brothers does. I still play the original Mario Bros. from time to time, but have only played my Wii Sports once. You can actually still buy the original Mario Bros (i think) via Nintendo's Virtual Console on the Wii.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I think Wii Sports is the best selling game because it comes with the Wii. I don't know, but can you even buy Wii Sports individually?
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