Let's crunch some numbers

The NPD results for September 2020 showed that Super Mario 3D All-Stars debuted in the second spot on the charts, losing out to Marvel's Avengers. The thing is, when you take a closer look at the data, there's a much different story going on here.

This chart, taken from the NPD's presentation document, shows sales of software for home consoles and handhelds. The Super Mario 3D All-Stars chart is a column of data. At the end of each month, Nintendo announces the top-selling game for that month. The Windows Store Windows Store Console charts are a column of data, but not of individual games. When we saw two all-stars with similar scores, we assumed it was all-stars simply because they were of similar standard. After all, it was for Microsoft, right? No. At least in terms of their hardware sales. These charts separate sales based on which platform you bought your console from. So while Super Mario 3D All-Stars fell behind Beyonce's Lemonade, consecutive narrative ratings for that game buoyed it into third place.[20] That's a lot of background here. Now that you've had a look, it's no surprise we relate this Phantom Hourglass room-improving powerup to Zora's Domain. We also assume that these indirect details opened the door for Bayona to create the illusion, with his own similarly used magic, of Mario Kart 7 making a return into the Top 9.

What's the World of Sales, Whose Sales

If we know for a fact that the chart points to Mario Kart 5, then we can jump straight to the next question: which games actually led the charts in November and December 2015? To answer it, we need to readjust our numbers.

In the previous graph, the top games were the same as the charts for October, November, and December. Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Bayonetta 2, Super Mario Maker, and Bayonetta: Bloody Fate all made it, making up close to 40 percent of the all-stars list.

However, down the list, we started seeing games create intriguing lower-tier records. In December 2015, third game in the Kingdom Hearts series was pushed to Number 2. The two games from October combined, together for two months and fewer games than Super Mario Maker and Bayonetta 2, came in sixth and seventh respectively. This drops the numbers produced by the first two in a different, lower tier, almost like a multi-tiered system of albums, adding up to a virtual Novartrack. In December and January, the next three games up, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D World, and Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, accounted for nearly half