The Making of a New Super Mario Bros.

Since the first Mario Bros. game was released by Nintendo in 1983, the little Italian plumber and his brother Luigi have become iconic characters. As of September, various versions of the game that debuted over the years had sold more than 222 million copies.

That strong-selling tradition continued with the “New Super Mario Bros. Wii,” which was released on Nov. 15. The game sold nearly 1.4 million copies in the U.S. in its first two weeks, making it the No. 2 best-selling title for the month of November, according to market research firm NPD Group, which released the data on Thursday.

In an interview, Bill Trinen, a senior manager of product marketing at Nintendo of America, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the latest game.

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