Units Sold: 529 Million
Mario is easily the most recognizable video game character of all time and the fictional Italian plumber has been featured in dozens of video games since first appearing in Donkey Kong in 1981. Back then he was known as Jumpman and wouldn’t be known by his current name until he was featured in the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros. alongside his palette swapped brother, Luigi. The main series in the franchise is the classic Super Mario platforming games, which follows the adventures of Mario and his friends as they travel through the Mushroom Kingdom fighting the evil Bowser. This series typically revolves around Mario’s jumping and combat abilities to allow him to progress through levels which usually scroll from left to right.
The Mario franchise consists of series such as Super Mario, Mario Kart, and the Mario Sports titles (just to name a few), all of which have sold very well. Mario has, in fact, appeared in five of the top fifteen best-selling games of all time. The Mario character has appeared in movies and television shows, as well as toys, clothing, and even cereal. The franchise has sold 529 million games in its storied history and with several games featuring the character being released each year that number will break the 600 million mark in no time.