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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. New Super Mario Bros. 2 407,503 New 3DS Nintendo
New 02. Persona 4: Arena 128,485 New PS3 Atlus
New 03. Trails of Nayuta 74,860 New PSP Falcom
02. 04. Pokémon Black/White 2 73,420 2,455,006 DS Pokémon Co.
New 05. Super Danganronpa 2 69,000 New PSP Spike Chunsoft
New 06. Just Dance Wii 2 60,121 New Wii Nintendo
New 07. Demon Training (Brain Age successor) 40,272 New 3DS Nintendo
04. 08. Digimon World Re:Digitize 31,037 116,854 PSP Namco Bandai
01. 09. Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition 29,367 129,653 Wii Nintendo
New 10. Super Dimension Fortress Macross Hybrid Pack 25,753 New PS3 Namco Bandai
03. 11. Rune Factory 4 21,017 106,972 3DS Marvelous AQL
05. 12. Power Pro Baseball 2012 20,948 83,688 PS3 Konami
New 13. Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set 20,625 New 3DS Nippon Columbia
06. 14. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 20,270 117,472 3DS Namco Bandai
07. 15. Power Pro Baseball 2012 12,666 40,808 PSP Konami
05. 16. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D 12,396 837,669 3DS Square Enix
New 17. Sangoku Koi Senki: Otome no Heihou! 10,887 New PSP Prototype
New 18. Persona 4: Arena 9,801 New 360 Atlus
03. 19. The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost 9,642 92,392 3DS Nintendo
14. 20. Mario Party 9 9,537 501,920 Wii Nintendo


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.