I'm aware that there was an even bolder prediction: http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=205031
But it's TOO bold, not going to happen. (4 million? What where you smoking fleischr!?) (PS: I love fleischr and my words aren't meant to be offensive.)
I'm not offended at all! :)
So for those not familiar with my thread, here's what I've been smoking: I made this prediction after attending the Nintendo Access event @ a local Best Buy where they demoed SMM. And I had these reflections:
Given that this was a much larger event than last year's SSB @ Best Buy (in terms of number of participating stores), I think Ninty's gearing up for their biggest marketing campaign for a WiiU game yet. The hands-on reaction from people was phenomally good. People of all ages gathered around to watch and play.
If I ran Nintendo, the #1 thing I know I could bet all my biscuits on would be a new 2D mario game, especially if I could re-capture years of nostalgia in it. People from the NES/early SNES generation now have children who will want this game. That family appeal gives this game a mass appeal arguably even larger than Mario Kart. This also being a far far better game than a regular NSMB, I see no reason why it couldn't compete for WiiU's best selling game yet.