Super Mario Galaxy 2 Breaks 5 Million In Sales, Pokémon: Black & White Not Far Behind

By Spencer . October 28, 2010 . 1:21am

imageNintendo announced in a financial report Wii Party reached a million units in Japan and Super Mario Galaxy 2 broke 5.1 million in worldwide sales. A solid number for Mario, but Pokémon: Black & White is catching up. Nintendo’s top selling DS game sold 4.07 million units in Japan alone.


While Pokémon was off to a strong start, Nintendo DSi and DSi XL sales are way down. Between April to September 2010, Nintendo sold 6.69 million Nintendo DSi handhelds compared to 11.70 million during the same period last year. Nintendo DS software sales fell too from 54.84 million to 71.15 million.


Wii sales are down slightly from 5.75 last year to 4.97.


Nintendo expects hardware sales to pick up when the Nintendo 3DS launches. The company forecasts 4 million handhelds and 15 million units of software worldwide before March 31, 2011. The Nintendo 3DS comes out on February 26 in Japan. A release date has not been announced for North America.

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  • Wow PKMN is as hot as ever. I cant wait to hear what names they give the PKMN and how they look. Though people occasionally post the images of the PKMN and characters on my tumblr dashbaord (N is an awesome trainer, lol).

    The software sales indicate that there are just not any compelling games on the DS this year other than PKMN.

    • malek86

      That’s understandable. By now, most developers (including Nintendo) should have shifted to making games for the launch of the 3DS. Not too many are making games for the DS anymore.The situation of the Wii is a bit more dangerous though. Depending on how holiday sales go, maybe Nintendo should think about releasing a Wii HD or something.

      • Tom_Phoenix

        Nintendo will never release a Wii HD. They confirmed this many times over and it wouldn’t help them drive momentum up anyway. Most people don’t care about HD and it would only split up Nintendo’s audience. HD alone is not going to sell the system to anyone.

        What Nintendo needs is quality software; afterall, consumers buy hardware to get to the software. The Wii lineup for this holiday season is preety good and I think it will serve Nintendo well.

        However, going into 2011, they are going to need more than retro titles. They are going to need games that actually make use of Motion Plus and tap into the potential that motion controls bring; something that people have been expecting from Nintendo for a long time now. That is the only way Nintendo can make the Wii momentum pick up again…by fulfilling the “Revolution” it had set out to accomplish with the Wii in the first place.

        Zelda: Skyward Sword could potentially be the important first step in that direction. If done well, it could very well become the killer app the Wii needs. But Nintendo will still have to keep the pace up throughout next year with other Motion Plus titles.

        • I dont think Zelda Skyward Sword is a system seller…wouldnt Zelda fans have already bought a Wii for Twilight Princess. Nintendo needs compelling new properties and characters. Sure the games build a nice portfolio of Wii titles, but these downward spiral in sales…maybe indicate that people want as robust an offering of games offered on the powerful consoles twins and the pc….not just their favorite ninty characters time and time again.

          • Tom_Phoenix

            Except Twilight Princess was a GameCube game that was essentially ported onto the Wii and did nothing compelling with motion controls. Skyward Sword, on the other hand, is fully embracing them. Remember, Nintendo needs software that uses Motion Plus and fulfills the potential of motion controls.

            Plus, Twilight Princess was catered towards the fans of post-OoT games. While those games sold well, they were not the entertainment phenomenons in the same manner that the pre-OoT Zeldas were. With Skyward Sword, Nintendo developers are aiming to return to the values that were predominant in pre-OoT games. If they can do that successfully, they can turn Skyward Sword into a system seller.

          • Thank you for providing such in-depth and incredibly spot on replies.
            I get the impression that Skyward Sword represents what will most likely be a new direction for The Legend of Zelda and I absolutely cannot wait for it (also for a bit of trivia, 2011 marks The Legend of Zelda’s 25th anniversary and what a fitting way it would be to commemorate it’s anniversary with the release of SS).
            Just out of curiosity, when do believe Skyward Sword might end up being released?
            I get the feeling that I’ll be released around late May(similar to when Super Mario Galaxy 2 was released). If so, this would provide ample breathing room after the release of Nintendo’s 3DS.
            Also, I wouldn’t in the very least be surprised that Wii Relax (that is if Nintendo releases it next year) will end up being a HUGE success, taking into account how accessible it will be and the very unique health applications it will provide.

        • Joanna

          There’s also DQX…I wonder when that’s going to be coming out. SE has been so quiet about it…

    • Yeah, I think the only games I’ve played on my DS this year (that I can remember) were Pokemon games

  • Avojavo

    I’m torn between buying pokemon Heart Gold or waiting for pokemon Black/White to come over. I really, really liked Pokemon Gold on the GBC, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about B/W so I’m not sure which one to get now…

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