This Week In Sales: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Gathers The Gold

By Ishaan . August 1, 2012 . 1:33pm

Period: The week of July 23rd – July 29th (2012)

Top-seller: New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 407,503

Nintendo 3DS sales: 42,155 | Total sales: 6,605,026

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 187,480 | Total sales: 187,480

PlayStation Vita sales: 10,846 | Total sales: 854,702

<< Last week’s software sales chart


This past weekend saw the release of New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. In its first two days on shelves, the game sold 407,503 copies.


New Super Mario Bros. 2 was released on Saturday. The original New Super Mario Bros., released in May 2006 for the Nintendo DS, was released on a Thursday, just like most other games. This means it had four full days in its first week on shelves, since tracking ends on Sunday. In its first four days, it sold 899,518 copies.


Also released this past weekend was the Nintendo 3DS XL. It sold 187,480 units. Meanwhile, the regular Nintendo 3DS continued to sell with another 42,155 copies.


While New Super Mario Bros. 2 was the #1 selling game for the week, it was followed at #2 by Persona 4: Arena. We’ll have a separate follow-up article discussing the performance of this game in a little while, so look out for that.


Meanwhile, at #7 was Demon Training, Nintendo’s 3DS follow-up to the Brain Age games. That game sold 40,272 copies in its first week. In the case of Demon Training, just like the Brain Age games before it, lifetime sales are what one really needs to look out for, as these titles have a way of selling over time.


The top-20 software sales chart for the week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. New Super Mario Bros. 2 407,503 New 3DS Nintendo
New 02. Persona 4: Arena 128,485 New PS3 Atlus
New 03. Trails of Nayuta 74,860 New PSP Falcom
02. 04. Pokémon Black/White 2 73,420 2,455,006 DS Pokémon Co.
New 05. Super Danganronpa 2 69,000 New PSP Spike Chunsoft
New 06. Just Dance Wii 2 60,121 New Wii Nintendo
New 07. Demon Training (Brain Age successor) 40,272 New 3DS Nintendo
04. 08. Digimon World Re:Digitize 31,037 116,854 PSP Namco Bandai
01. 09. Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition 29,367 129,653 Wii Nintendo
New 10. Super Dimension Fortress Macross Hybrid Pack 25,753 New PS3 Namco Bandai
03. 11. Rune Factory 4 21,017 106,972 3DS Marvelous AQL
05. 12. Power Pro Baseball 2012 20,948 83,688 PS3 Konami
New 13. Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set 20,625 New 3DS Nippon Columbia
06. 14. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 20,270 117,472 3DS Namco Bandai
07. 15. Power Pro Baseball 2012 12,666 40,808 PSP Konami
05. 16. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D 12,396 837,669 3DS Square Enix
New 17. Sangoku Koi Senki: Otome no Heihou! 10,887 New PSP Prototype
New 18. Persona 4: Arena 9,801 New 360 Atlus
03. 19. The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost 9,642 92,392 3DS Nintendo
14. 20. Mario Party 9 9,537 501,920 Wii Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4GamerMedia Create and


    … I wish everyone knew japanese so they could know how awesome those games are T___T ahhh

  • malek86

    While it’s true that Oni Training will keep on selling, its performance is still a bit worrying. Brain Training had only sold 40.000 units, but eventually sold 4 millions. Brain Training 2, coming off its popularity, launched with around 400.000 units (and eventually ended with 5 millions). So I assumed Oni Training could do more than this. I have a feeling the market for brain games is just not what it used to be… especially with smartphones app doing the same for free.

    It will still sell well in the long run, but probably nowhere near the 4/5 millions of the DS games.

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      It needs more innovation or just them to go back to the drawing board and develop software that can achieve those sells with a fresh concept that cant be offered on smartphone devices, I guess it is the same situation they ran into with finding a wii sports alternative for the Wii U…which I guess they are still struggling with on making Nintendoland good enough.

      If changes arent made then it wont be as big a seller as the games on the previous hardwares, like nintendogs and etc.

    • I definitely don’t see Demon Training selling anywhere near what Brain Age did, especially since Brain Age partly relied on an abundance of old folks in Japan. I don’t know how many college kids will care about (or be suckered into) the whole memory improvement thing.

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    I think you mean the Nintendo 3DS XL released this week?

    Nice persona 4 sales and psv momentum is carrying it closer to the 1 mln mark. I think it is hitting its stride nicely.

  • kylehyde

    is not demon training published by nintendo?

    • Fixed!

    • @kylehyde:disqus @XYZ_JolteonZ980:disqus Fixed!

  • AnimeRemix

    Congrats to Persona 4 Arena for doing so well! Now can’t wait for next Tuesday! =D

  • Vampiric

    original 3ds sales didnt drop off, thats the most impressive thing

  • Crevox

    Persona 4 Arena sold better first week than all previous fighters this year (capcom, etc)

  • Suicunesol

    Something I would have wanted to know is how much 3DS XL would have sold WITHOUT Mario 2 coming out in the same week. It’s interesting that original 3DS sales did not falter because XL OR increase due of the new Mario game. And would everyone who bought an XL have gotten a regular 3DS instead for the new Mario game if the XL did not exist?

  • Everything went according to plan.Well I expected NSMB to sell a little bit more, I aimed for the 500k copies sold on the opening week, but I have no doubt the game will just hoover about in this chart for a couple of months now, easily retaining the title as yet another 3DS million seller in Japan.

  • Wow, the vita is bombing… I don’t understand, it has a great lineup ( in Japan)

    • The problem is that it has no popular games that sell lots of copies and–even better–can move hardware for long periods of time.

  • Dokurochan

    I’m happy to see that Trails of Nayuta sold well. ^_^ Here’s hoping Xseed will localize it.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Good to see Trails of Nayuta up so high. It’s also nice to see that Digimon sold so much in its second week. Mario did predictably well for only two days on sale.

    It’s also interesting to see that 3DS sales didn’t really drop too much in the wake of the LL’s release. I’m interested to see how they do side-by-side moving forward. I can’t see the gap between them staying this big for long, so I wonder if they’ll more or less even out or if one will take a clear lead?

  • JMaster3000

    I found a fail.
    It says NSMB2 is for WII lol

  • Those are some pretty sexy sales for Atlus, Falcom, and Ninty. Persona 4 Arena’s sales are especially sexy.

  • darkfox1

    Wow it really does print money…

  • PoweredByHentai

    Just got my Trails of Nayuta from my post office.  Woot!

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Lol Nintendo is really printing money each month lol. The moment Pokemon power subsides, here comes “Plumber” power lol.

    And i am quite shocked there that normal 3DS still sells there even after XL comes out.^_^

    Now i wonder how much will Oni Tore able to sell there in the following weeks?^_^ Considering the first Brain Age sells damn lot and able to attract many older gamers to buy the game there.^_^

  • I played the New Super Mario Bros. 2 in one of my local game stores and it simply isn’t fun at all. Japanese are just crazy about Mario. Otherwise I have no idea why this boring game is making so much money.

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