This Week In Sales: A TV Show Game That’s Been A Surprising Success

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’s software sales chart


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
04. 07. Demon Training 23,258 95,323 3DS 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
New 13. Sniper Elite 12,251 New PS3 Ubisoft
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


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

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