This Week In Sales: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Gathers The Gold


Period: The week of July 23rd – July 29th (2012)

Top-seller: New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 407,503

Nintendo 3DS sales: 42,155 | Total sales: 6,605,026

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 187,480 | Total sales: 187,480

PlayStation Vita sales: 10,846 | Total sales: 854,702

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This past weekend saw the release of New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. In its first two days on shelves, the game sold 407,503 copies.


New Super Mario Bros. 2 was released on Saturday. The original New Super Mario Bros., released in May 2006 for the Nintendo DS, was released on a Thursday, just like most other games. This means it had four full days in its first week on shelves, since tracking ends on Sunday. In its first four days, it sold 899,518 copies.


Also released this past weekend was the Nintendo 3DS XL. It sold 187,480 units. Meanwhile, the regular Nintendo 3DS continued to sell with another 42,155 copies.


While New Super Mario Bros. 2 was the #1 selling game for the week, it was followed at #2 by Persona 4: Arena. We’ll have a separate follow-up article discussing the performance of this game in a little while, so look out for that.


Meanwhile, at #7 was Demon Training, Nintendo’s 3DS follow-up to the Brain Age games. That game sold 40,272 copies in its first week. In the case of Demon Training, just like the Brain Age games before it, lifetime sales are what one really needs to look out for, as these titles have a way of selling over time.


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


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.New Super Mario Bros. 2407,503New3DSNintendo
New02.Persona 4: Arena128,485NewPS3Atlus
New03.Trails of Nayuta74,860NewPSPFalcom
02.04.Pokémon Black/White 273,4202,455,006DSPokémon Co.
New05.Super Danganronpa 269,000NewPSPSpike Chunsoft
New06.Just Dance Wii 260,121NewWiiNintendo
New07.Demon Training (Brain Age successor)40,272New3DSNintendo
04.08.Digimon World Re:Digitize31,037116,854PSPNamco Bandai
01.09.Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition29,367129,653WiiNintendo
New10.Super Dimension Fortress Macross Hybrid Pack25,753NewPS3Namco Bandai
03.11.Rune Factory 421,017106,9723DSMarvelous AQL
05.12.Power Pro Baseball 201220,94883,688PS3Konami
New13.Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set20,625New3DSNippon Columbia
06.14.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb20,270117,4723DSNamco Bandai
07.15.Power Pro Baseball 201212,66640,808PSPKonami
05.16.Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D12,396837,6693DSSquare Enix
New17.Sangoku Koi Senki: Otome no Heihou!10,887NewPSPPrototype
New18.Persona 4: Arena9,801New360Atlus
03.19.The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost9,64292,3923DSNintendo
14.20.Mario Party 99,537501,920WiiNintendo


Sales data acquired from 4GamerMedia 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.