According to a press release from Nintendo today, Mario Party 8 has become the franchise's fastest selling instalment by selling 550,000 software units in America since its release on May 29th this year.
"The overwhelming response not only reminds us how much fans absolutely love the Mario Party franchise but also proves the unmatched ability of the Wii system to attract new players," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Wii users are keeping the Mario Party going strong."
Mario Party 8 is the first Mario Party game to be released on the Wii and features several new elements over its predecessors including the game's camera system being put "on the board" to give the game a more dynamic feel and a new candy power-up system that lets players transform their character into various creatures and objects. It is currently scheduled to release in Australia on the 19th of July. While you wait, you can check out our preview by clicking here