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I was rather surprised when Nintendo announced that New Super Mario Bros. Wii will be releasing a mere five days after Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 -- revealed just as dozens of other games were leaping into 2010 seemingly in an effort to get out of the way of Activision's juggernaut. Apparently Nintendo isn't terribly concerned, though. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime was on GameTrailers TV this week to discuss New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and he admitted that he believes the title will sell more on the Wii than Modern Warfare 2 will on any of its platforms individually.
"Absolutely. I say that unequivocally," Reggie said in response to host Geoff Keighley's question of whether New Super Mario Bros. Wii could outsell Modern Warfare 2 even on a single platform. "On one particular platform? I do believe so." Keighley clarified that he meant it would sell more than on 360, and Fils-Aime agreed.
"Now, you've got to give me the entire holiday selling season," he continued. "So let's take it all the way through the January NPD data. I'll take that bet." He did agree, though, that it will be a close fight.
It's worth noting just how bizarre this holiday season is that we're surprised at Nintendo's insistence that a Mario game will sell well. Only a game as massive and all-consuming as Modern Warfare 2 could make us doubt the power of Nintendo's most well-known mascot. Who do you think will come out on top in this battle?