This Week In Sales: Super Mario Galaxy 2 Soars

By Ishaan . June 6, 2010 . 5:14pm


Super Mario Galaxy 2, interestingly, has the best debut of any 3D Mario game to date. While the original Galaxy entered the market with 250,585 units sold in its first week, Galaxy 2 beat it soundly, debuting at nearly 340,000 units.


Since Media-Create numbers alone are harder to track down in this case, we decided to go through both the M-C and Enterbrain archives for older 3D Mario sales to see for ourselves where Galaxy 2 stands. As always, do note that drawing comparisons between two different trackers isn’t always the most accurate way to assess a game’s performance.


Year Title First week Tot. Sales Sys.
1996 Super Mario 64 162,111 1,639,921 N64
2002 Super Mario Sunshine 280,610 789,989 GCN
2004 Super Mario 64 DS 120,062 1,133,678 DS
2007 Super Mario Galaxy 250,585 966,817 Wii


Going forward, it should be interesting to see if the beginners DVD that comes with Super Mario Galaxy 2 in Japan helps make a difference to long-term sales. The top-ten chart for the week of May 24th – 30th is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Tw. Sales Tot. Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Super Mario Galaxy 2 339,901 New Wii Nintendo
New 02. Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin – The Lord of Elemental 80,674 New DS Namco Bandai
New 03. Soccer Tsuku DS: World Challenge 2010 50,206 New DS SEGA
New 04. Medarot DS: Kabuto / Kuwagata Version 50,164 New DS Rocket Co.
02. 05. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 33,973 1,098,572 DS Square Enix
01. 06. Lost Planet 2 33,85 118,463 PS3 Capcom
04. 07. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 25,465 697,576 PSP Konami
03. 08. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen 22,168 79,382 PS3 Konami
08. 09. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 16,279 3,859,557 Wii Nintendo
New 10. Death Smiles IIX 16,112 New 360 Cave


In other news, Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin – The Lord of Elemental did rather well for itself, selling through 82.54% of its first shipment. As illustrated in the chart, Deathsmiles made an appearance, too. Hot on its tail, just off the top-ten at #11, was Alan Wake, also somewhere in the range of 16,000 units. And way down the chart at #25 was Strike Witches: Anata to Dekiru Koto – A Little Peaceful Days for the PlayStation 2, which moved between 4,000 and 5,000 units.


Finally, poor Red Steel 2 failed to chart in the top 50 at all, which shouldn’t surprise anyone, given the emphasis on jumping around in first-person and the numerous other factors working against it.

  • Jirin

    SMG2 fixed a lot of the problems of SMG1, but it also removed what made it special. They made it even more just a linear path, with no puzzles to solve, no star bits to find, nothing to explore. The only things hidden are in the post game content. So even though Yoshi is awesome and the comets are way better, the game is just less fun.

    • Aoshi00

      I really liked Galaxy back then but only like Galaxy 2 okay.. maybe it’s because it’s not as refreshing, or because after I played NSMB Wii w/ my sis. Glad to see Alan Wake sold some copies in Jpn, it’s really user friendly since the game was thoroughly presented in so many languages in add. to Jpn and Eng. Didn’t get Deathsmiles II X though (first time I’m skipping a 360 shump), the 3D and chibi look really turned me off..

  • There is some magic gone from SMG2. I am glad I am not a game reviewer, I don’t know how to describe how bored I was playing through most of this sequel. I felt like I had mainly played the whole game before already, and I just felt like I wanted to play SMG again just to get that feeling of awe from a couple years ago. The best game ever? commercial game review sites have completely sold out, for sure.

    • Aoshi00

      I’ve only played very little SMG2 so far, feeling the same that I’ve played this before even though there’s new things like Yoshi. If you really want, Amazon’s giving $40 for a trade-in. I bought this for $50 w/ $20 credit, so I could actually make $10 if I were to sell it right now, not a bad deal at all. I want to sell it, but for $30, might as well keep it I guess.. I don’ think the reviewers are selling out, I’m sure it’s a fun game if you could get into it, just felt a little deja vu is all.

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