Last week the latest installment in the Call of Duty video game franchise "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" racked up an amazing $310 million in sales and is expected by many analysts to be this year’s top selling video game.

While Modern Warfare 2 may be the biggest selling game of 2009, longer term the bigger seller may be Super Mario Bros.Wii which was released this week by Nintendo.

In its first week, Modern Warfare 2 sold about 4.7 million copies and is expected to go on to sell between 11 million and 13 million copies by the end of the year. Super Mario Bros.Wii, on the other hand, is expected to start a little slower but analysts expect it to have lifetime sales of over 15 million units. Since the series' debut in North America on the NES in 1986, more than 222 million Super Mario Bros. games have been sold worldwide.

Super Mario Bros. Wii is a side-scrolling platform video game developed by Nintendo for the Wii video game console was released yesterday in North America. It is the first game in the Mario series since Mario Bros. to feature simultaneous multiplayer gameplay, up to four players can compete at the same time, either cooperatively or competitively.

The game has received positive reviews from most gaming magazines and gaming websites. Aggregators, GameRankings and Metacritic give the game a score of 90% and 87% respectively. This should be near the top of Santa's wishlist for most under aged gamers out there this holiday season.

Among the new features in the game is Mario's ability to transform into Penguin Mario, which allows him to toss snowballs and slide on his belly at breakneck speed. Players also can hop onto a Yoshi character and use his tongue to eat enemies, items and fireballs. The game also makes use of the Wii console's unique motion controls, allowing players to tilt the Wii Remote controller to control seesaw platforms or shake it to send Mario skyward in his new Propeller Suit.

To keep player's from getting too discourage, Nintendo has also introduced a new feature called Super Guide that offers players optional game-play tips if they are having trouble getting past particular parts of the game. Super Guide lets players watch as a computer-controlled Luigi character makes his way through any stage that the player finds difficult. At any time in the video, the player can take control of Luigi and complete the stage at his or her own pace.

Super Mario Brothers.Will went on sale November 15th and retails for $60.

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