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Most Popular Retro Game by State [Map / Infographic]

Published by: Evan Stanfield on May 01, 2019

What are the most popular retro video games by across the USA?

This colour-coded infographic shows the most popular retro games across the whole of the United States, and the results are both surprising and illuminating. You can view the infographic below and read a region-by-region breakdown and the overall winners.

The infographic below is based on the number of units sold for each game on JJGames.com from 1999 to 2019. More than 2.5 million games sold.

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The Most Popular Retro Games by State

The Northeast

Overall Favorite: Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES)

  • Connecticut: Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64)
  • Maine: Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES)
  • Massachusetts: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • New Hampshire: Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES)
  • Rhode Island: Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball (NES)
  • Vermont: Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES)
  • New Jersey: Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES)
  • New York: Super Mario World (SNES)
  • Pennsylvania: Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64)

The Midwest

Overall Favorite: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)

  • Illinois: Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64)
  • Indiana: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • Michigan: Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES)
  • Ohio: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • Wisconsin: Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64)
  • Iowa: Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64)
  • Kansas: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • Minnesota: Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • Missouri: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • Nebraska: Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • North Dakota: Super Mario World (SNES)
  • South Dakota: Pokemon Sapphire (GBA)

The South

Overall Favorite: Super Mario World (SNES)

  • Delaware: NFL '95 (Sega Genesis)
  • Florida: Super Mario World (SNES)
  • Georgia: Super Mario World (SNES)
  • Maryland: Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64)
  • North Carolina: Super Mario World (SNES)
  • South Carolina: Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES)
  • Virginia: Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64)
  • District of Columbia: Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • West Virginia: MotorStorm (Playstation 3)
  • Alabama: Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES)
  • Kentucky: Major League Baseball (NES)
  • Mississippi: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • Tennessee: Super Mario World (SNES)
  • Arkansas: Super Mario World (SNES)
  • Louisiana: Super Mario World (SNES)
  • Oklahoma: Super Mario World (SNES)
  • Texas: Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES)

The West

Overall Favorite: Mixed

  • Arizona: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • Colorado: Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES)
  • Idaho: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • Montana: Zelda Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)
  • Nevada: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • New Mexico: Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES)
  • Utah: Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64)
  • Wyoming: Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • Alaska: Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64)
  • California: Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES)
  • Hawaii: Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64)
  • Oregon: Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES)
  • Washington: Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64)

Overall Favorite Across the Country

The real battle was fought between five main titles that were favourites across multiple states, but it's a clear win for Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt on the NES (12 states). The Nintendo 64's Goldeneye 007 and Super Mario 64 tied for second place (10 states). And Super Mario World on the SNES comes in third with nine states, followed by Mario Kart 64 on the Nintendo 64 (4 states).

Below is the full list:

  1. Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES): 12 states
  2. Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64): 10 states
  3. Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64): 10 states
  4. Super Mario World (SNES): 9 states
  5. Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64): 4 states
  6. Major League Baseball (NES): 1 state
  7. MotorStorm (Playstation 3): 1 state
  8. NFL '95 (Sega Genesis): 1 state
  9. Pokemon Sapphire (GBA): 1 state
  10. Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball (NES): 1 state
  11. Zelda Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64): 1 state

Best Sellers

It's also interesting to note that while there is some correlation between overall sales and their positions on this list, it's not the only factor that goes into a game's popularity.

For example, Ocarina of Time sold nearly as many copies as Goldeneye 007, and yet Goldeneye came out on top in ten times as many states. Maybe Zelda sold broadly, while Goldeneye sold really well in a few.

Here are the best sellers:

  1. Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt (NES): 68,540,000 units sold
  2. Super Mario World (SNES): 20,610,000 units sold
  3. Pokemon Sapphire (GBA): 16,220,000 units sold
  4. Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64): 11,910,000 units sold
  5. Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo 64): 9,870,000 units sold
  6. Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64): 8,090,000 units sold
  7. Zelda Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64): 7,600,000 units sold
  8. MotorStorm (Playstation 3): 3,000,000 units sold
  9. Major League Baseball (NES): 1,200,000 units sold
  10. NFL '95 (Sega Genesis): Unknown units sold
  11. Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball (NES): Unknown units sold

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