By Ishaan . August 15, 2012 . 2:52pm
Period: The week of August 6th – August 12th (2012)
Top-seller: New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 143,321
Nintendo 3DS sales: 37,991 | Total sales: 6,685,181
Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 64,655 | Total sales: 334,386
PlayStation Vita sales: 9,446 | Total sales: 873,186
Last week was slow on releases in Japan, so the top-20 software sales chart was taken up mostly by games that were released the week prior, along with other popular titles exhibiting their staying power.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 returned to the #1 spot, with Dragon Quest X dropping to #2. Unfortunately, Media Create weren’t able to provide any insight as to how many copies of the game Square Enix shipped, so we have a bit of a wait ahead of us until we can begin to gauge how the game is doing, both on the retail and subscription fronts.
The one game I did want to highlight this week is a title published by Namco Bandai, called Run for Money Tousouchuu (at #5), based on a Japanese television show. We reported on this game back in April, and while no one paid much attention to it then, it has sold out completely at retail twice since its release.
On two occasions, Run for Money Tousouchuu has left the top-50 (not top-20, the top-50). On both occasions, we assumed it was because the game had sold as much as it would realistically sell and dropped off the charts. On both occasions, the game bounced right back into the top-20 just a week or two later, indicating that it was a stock problem instead, and that Namco were having trouble keeping up with demand. Run for Money could cross the 100k mark, all said and done.
Finally, in hardware news, the Nintendo 3DS (including 3DS XL sales) crossed the 7 million mark last week.
The top-20 software sales chart for the week was as follows:
|Lw||Tw||Title||Weekly Sales||Total Sales||Sys.||Publisher|
|02.||01.||New Super Mario Bros. 2||143,321||764,372||3DS||Nintendo|
|01.||02.||Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online||73,705||440,853||Wii||Square Enix|
|03.||03.||Pokémon Black/White 2||60,421||2,582,185||DS||Pokémon Co.|
|New||04.||Kuroko’s Basketball: Miracle Match||37,430||New||PSP||Namco Bandai|
|???||05.||Run for Money Tousouchuu||26,328||76,108||3DS||Namco Bandai|
|05.||06.||Just Dance Wii 2||24,470||114,193||Wii||Nintendo|
|07.||08.||Persona 4: Arena||16,912||165,873||PS3||Atlus|
|06.||09.||Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition||16,212||166,866||Wii||Nintendo|
|22.||10.||Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb||15,969||147,762||3DS||Namco Bandai|
|10.||11.||Wii Sports Resort||15,253||1,027,625||Wii||Nintendo|
|11.||12.||Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set||12,272||47,549||3DS||Nippon Columbia|
|09.||14.||Digimon World Re:Digitize||11,022||145,384||PSP||Namco Bandai|
|17.||15.||Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D||9,714||858,439||3DS||Square Enix|
|20.||16.||Mario Party 9||8,733||519,371||Wii||Nintendo|
|15.||17.||Rune Factory 4||8,596||127,035||3DS||Marvelous AQL|
|14.||18.||All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 2||7,854||28,313||DS||Namco Bandai|
|13.||19.||Super Danganronpa 2||7,156||89,801||PSP||Spike Chunsoft|
|16.||20.||Power Pro Baseball 2012||6,965||101,945||PS3||Konami|