It’s easy to be humbled by the success of Activision’s mega hit Modern Warfare 2. After all, the insanely popular first-person shooter did just set a record for biggest launch ever. That said, there is a certain Nintendo executive who questions how long the high sales can continue.
While Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime does admit that MW2 is “a high-quality title,” he’s confident that Nintendo’s own holiday title, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, will outsell Activision’s in the long run (“on one particular platform”). Fils-Aime says that MW2 might struggle to sustain its initial success while NSMBW “is going to sell for high numbers every day now through, really, for the next couple of years.”
Before we conclude that Reggie has gone mad with motion controlled power, it is important to note that many of Nintendo’s hit titles, such as Mario Kart Wii and Wii Fit, have sold very well over long periods of time. While it’s not a guarantee that this trend will continue, Mario’s iconic status in the videogame world combined with the Wii’s recent price cut seems like a good combination to get lots of NSMBW copies into consumers’ hands over the next year.