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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:


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    03.01.Mario Kart 7260,8361,050,7063DSNintendo
    New02.Warriors Orochi 2200,526NewPS3Tecmo Koei
    05.03.Super Mario 3D Land174,5661,011,7093DSNintendo
    02.04.Monster Hunter 3G155,069885,4563DSCapcom
    01.05.Final Fantasy XIII-2118,816643,033PS3Square Enix
    06.06.Kirby’s Return to Dreamland114,545513,061WiiNintendo
    09.07.Just Dance Wii96,771420,064WiiNintendo
    New08.SD Gundam: G Generation 3D90,873New3DSNamco Bandai
    04.09.Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine/Dark86,026221,2853DSLevel 5
    New10.Inazuma Eleven Strikers Xtreme 201285,117
    WiiLevel 5
    11.11.Wii Party71,4612,200,697WiiNintendo
    New12.Magical Lyrical Girl Nanoha A’s Portable: The Gears of Destiny57,320NewPSPNamco Bandai
    10.13.PokéPark 2: Beyond the World55,344219,362WiiNintendo
    17.14.Taiko no Tatsujin: Definitive Edition55,256155,539WiiNamco Bandai
    13.15.Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games52,611117,185WiiNintendo
    New16.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Dubbed Version)51,156NewPS3Square Enix
    12.17.Magician’s Quest: The Stylish Wizard50,074131,184DSKonami
    20.18.One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 New World49,921257,379DSNamco Bandai
    16.19.Wii Sports Resort48,929782,975WiiNintendo
    21.20.Mario Kart Wii43,7523,428,903WiiNintendo


    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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