Sleeping Dogs Outsells New Super Mario Bros. 2 At U.K. Launch

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Square Enix/United Front’s Hong Kong crime drama, Sleeping Dogs, and Nintendo’s New Super Mario Bros. 2 were both released on the same day in Europe—August 17th.


While New Super Mario Bros. 2 opened at the #2 spot on the weekly U.K. games charts provided by Chart Track, the game’s first week sales at retail were actually beaten by Sleeping Dogs, which managed to grab the #1 spot.


Of course, it needs to be noted that Sleeping Dogs is a multi-platform game available on three different platforms (PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3), while New Super Mario Bros. 2 is only available on the Nintendo 3DS.


Regardless, that’s a nice piece of news to hear about a new I.P. like Sleeping Dogs, which was cancelled under its original publisher, Activision, back when the game was titled True Crime: Hong Kong. Following its cancellation, Square Enix picked the game up, and allowed developer, United Front Games, to complete development.

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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.