Nintendo 3DS

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


    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:


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    02.01.New Super Mario Bros. 2143,321764,3723DSNintendo
    01.02.Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online73,705440,853WiiSquare Enix
    03.03.Pokémon Black/White 260,4212,582,185DSPokémon Co.
    New04.Kuroko’s Basketball: Miracle Match37,430NewPSPNamco Bandai
    ???05.Run for Money Tousouchuu26,32876,1083DSNamco Bandai
    05.06.Just Dance Wii 224,470114,193WiiNintendo
    04.07.Demon Training23,25895,3233DSNintendo
    07.08.Persona 4: Arena16,912165,873PS3Atlus
    06.09.Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition16,212166,866WiiNintendo
    22.10.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb15,969147,7623DSNamco Bandai
    10.11.Wii Sports Resort15,2531,027,625WiiNintendo
    11.12.Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set12,27247,5493DSNippon Columbia
    New13.Sniper Elite12,251NewPS3Ubisoft
    09.14.Digimon World Re:Digitize11,022145,384PSPNamco Bandai
    17.15.Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D9,714858,4393DSSquare Enix
    20.16.Mario Party 98,733519,371WiiNintendo
    15.17.Rune Factory 48,596127,0353DSMarvelous AQL
    14.18.All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 27,85428,313DSNamco Bandai
    13.19.Super Danganronpa 27,15689,801PSPSpike Chunsoft
    16.20.Power Pro Baseball 20126,965101,945PS3Konami


    Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at 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.

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