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This Week In Sales: Christmas Works Its Magic


Period: The week of December 19th – December 25th (2011)

Top-seller: Mario Kart 7 – 260,836

Nintendo 3DS sales: 482,200 | Total sales: 4,084,190

PlayStation Vita sales: 72,479 | Total sales: 397,338


Media-Create’s sales figures back up what Enterbrain reported earlier this week: Christmas saw Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 cross the 1 million mark in Japan, while Nintendo 3DS sales crossed 4 million. Monster Hunter 3G had another week of reasonably strong sales as well, and should cross the million mark itself in about two weeks’ time.


3DS saw a new release last week, too: SD Gundam G Generation 3D, which had a very nice 3DS bundle. This game sold close to 91,000 copies in its first week. For the curious, here are first week sales of the PSP G Generation titles:

SD Gundam G Generation Portable (2006): 155,634

SD Gundam G Generation World (2011): 192,981


Future SD Gundam G Generation titles will likely sell more as the 3DS acquires a greater user base over time.


Tecmo Koei released Warriors Orochi 2 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 last week, too. While the 360 version didn’t chart, the PlayStation 3 version sold 200,526 copies. Further down the list, Inazuma Eleven Strikers Xtreme 2012, an upgraded re-release of Inazuma Eleven Strikers, sold about 10k more than the original in its first week.


Overall, you can see the holiday effect in all its glory in the sales chart below. Several Wii and DS titles third and first-party titles received boosts from the holidays (compared to the week prior), and even Mario Kart Wii made a return to the top-20. Konami’s new Magician’s Quest title on the DS is doing well, too, and I expect we’ll see it brought back on the 3DS sooner rather than later.


Unfortunately, PlayStation Vita sales took a steep dive, with only 72,000 Vita devices selling during the week. No Vita software was present in the top-20, and the system was outsold by the PSP by a wide margin (PSP sold 100k). Meanwhile, Konami’s Frontier Gate, released last week on PSP, failed to chart in the top-20.


The full top-20 for the week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
03. 01. Mario Kart 7 260,836 1,050,706 3DS Nintendo
New 02. Warriors Orochi 2 200,526 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
05. 03. Super Mario 3D Land 174,566 1,011,709 3DS Nintendo
02. 04. Monster Hunter 3G 155,069 885,456 3DS Capcom
01. 05. Final Fantasy XIII-2 118,816 643,033 PS3 Square Enix
06. 06. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland 114,545 513,061 Wii Nintendo
09. 07. Just Dance Wii 96,771 420,064 Wii Nintendo
New 08. SD Gundam: G Generation 3D 90,873 New 3DS Namco Bandai
04. 09. Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine/Dark 86,026 221,285 3DS Level 5
New 10. Inazuma Eleven Strikers Xtreme 2012 85,117
Wii Level 5
11. 11. Wii Party 71,461 2,200,697 Wii Nintendo
New 12. Magical Lyrical Girl Nanoha A’s Portable: The Gears of Destiny 57,320 New PSP Namco Bandai
10. 13. PokéPark 2: Beyond the World 55,344 219,362 Wii Nintendo
17. 14. Taiko no Tatsujin: Definitive Edition 55,256 155,539 Wii Namco Bandai
13. 15. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games 52,611 117,185 Wii Nintendo
New 16. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Dubbed Version) 51,156 New PS3 Square Enix
12. 17. Magician’s Quest: The Stylish Wizard 50,074 131,184 DS Konami
20. 18. One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 New World 49,921 257,379 DS Namco Bandai
16. 19. Wii Sports Resort 48,929 782,975 Wii Nintendo
21. 20. Mario Kart Wii 43,752 3,428,903 Wii Nintendo


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 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.