Nintendo 3DS

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


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

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:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
02.01.Mario Party 9144,585297,468WiiNintendo
01.02.Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City52,428304,953PS3Capcom
03.03.Fire Emblem: Awakening42,347345,2603DSNintendo
09.04.Super Mario 3D Land28,5281,563,5273DSNintendo
14.05.Mario Kart 722,8811,695,3053DSNintendo
15.06.Kid Icarus: Uprising18,788261,8833DSNintendo
11.07.Monster Hunter Tri G16,4961,433,3703DSCapcom
21.08.Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games13,810157,3373DSNintendo
05.09.Conception: Please Deliver My Child!!10,19340,039PSPSpike Chunsoft
20.10.Wii Sports Resort10,058935,555WiiNintendo
18.11.Pro Baseball Spirits 20129,843128,409PSPKonami
16.12.Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance9,532308,4843DSSquare Enix
22.13.Pokémon Conquest9,069318,067DSPokémon Co.
10.14.Dynasty Warriors Vs.8,61424,1923DSTecmo Koei
23.15.Wii Party8,5032,345,476WiiNintendo
19.16.Pro Baseball Spirits 20126,853152,934PS3Tecmo Koei
29.17.Mario Kart Wii6,7833,561,199WiiNintendo
17.18.The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z: Regeneration Chapter6,546328,432PSPNamco Bandai
27.19.Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin6,408179,1483DSMarvelous AQL
32.20.Go Vacation6,002271,087WiiNamco Bandai


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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.