This Week In Sales: Mario Party 9 Shines During Golden Week

Period: The week of April 30th – May 6th (2012)

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Top-seller: Mario Party 9 – 144,585

Nintendo 3DS sales: 91,868 | Total sales: 5,909,409

PlayStation Vita sales: 10,583 | Total sales: 690,759


Last week, sales tracker, Media Create, reported that Mario Party 9 only sold through 40% of its initial shipment in its first week on the market. Any worries caused by that low number can now safely be discarded—Mario Party 9 barely saw a drop in second-week sales, which means it’s sitting at over an 80% sellthrough by now.


This can be credited to Golden Week, an annual week-long holiday that was celebrated in Japan last week. Sales of popular software was up across the board, and Mario Party 9 was the top-selling game for the week, followed by Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.


Popular Nintendo 3DS games like Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, Monster Hunter Tri G, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Kingdom Hearts 3D and Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin all saw notable boosts in sales for the week, too. The Nintendo 3DS itself saw an increase in sales, selling over 90,000 units for the week.


In a surprising twist, PlayStation Vita sales actually dropped during Golden Week. However, Golden Week did provide a nice leg-up to recently released PSP titles such as Conception: Please Deliver My Child!!, The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z: Regeneration Chapter, and Konami’s Pro Baseball Spirits 2012.


The top-20 software sales chart for the week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
02. 01. Mario Party 9 144,585 297,468 Wii Nintendo
01. 02. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City 52,428 304,953 PS3 Capcom
03. 03. Fire Emblem: Awakening 42,347 345,260 3DS Nintendo
09. 04. Super Mario 3D Land 28,528 1,563,527 3DS Nintendo
14. 05. Mario Kart 7 22,881 1,695,305 3DS Nintendo
15. 06. Kid Icarus: Uprising 18,788 261,883 3DS Nintendo
11. 07. Monster Hunter Tri G 16,496 1,433,370 3DS Capcom
21. 08. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games 13,810 157,337 3DS Nintendo
05. 09. Conception: Please Deliver My Child!! 10,193 40,039 PSP Spike Chunsoft
20. 10. Wii Sports Resort 10,058 935,555 Wii Nintendo
18. 11. Pro Baseball Spirits 2012 9,843 128,409 PSP Konami
16. 12. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance 9,532 308,484 3DS Square Enix
22. 13. Pokémon Conquest 9,069 318,067 DS Pokémon Co.
10. 14. Dynasty Warriors Vs. 8,614 24,192 3DS Tecmo Koei
23. 15. Wii Party 8,503 2,345,476 Wii Nintendo
19. 16. Pro Baseball Spirits 2012 6,853 152,934 PS3 Tecmo Koei
29. 17. Mario Kart Wii 6,783 3,561,199 Wii Nintendo
17. 18. The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z: Regeneration Chapter 6,546 328,432 PSP Namco Bandai
27. 19. Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin 6,408 179,148 3DS Marvelous AQL
32. 20. Go Vacation 6,002 271,087 Wii Namco Bandai


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Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and

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