Super Mario Galaxy 2, interestingly, has the best debut of any 3D Mario game to date. While the original Galaxy entered the market with 250,585 units sold in its first week, Galaxy 2 beat it soundly, debuting at nearly 340,000 units.


Since Media-Create numbers alone are harder to track down in this case, we decided to go through both the M-C and Enterbrain archives for older 3D Mario sales to see for ourselves where Galaxy 2 stands. As always, do note that drawing comparisons between two different trackers isn’t always the most accurate way to assess a game’s performance.


YearTitleFirst weekTot. SalesSys.
1996Super Mario 64162,1111,639,921N64
2002Super Mario Sunshine280,610789,989GCN
2004Super Mario 64 DS120,0621,133,678DS
2007Super Mario Galaxy250,585966,817Wii


Going forward, it should be interesting to see if the beginners DVD that comes with Super Mario Galaxy 2 in Japan helps make a difference to long-term sales. The top-ten chart for the week of May 24th – 30th is as follows:


LwTwTitleTw. SalesTot. SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Super Mario Galaxy 2339,901NewWiiNintendo
New02.Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin – The Lord of Elemental80,674NewDSNamco Bandai
New03.Soccer Tsuku DS: World Challenge 201050,206NewDSSEGA
New04.Medarot DS: Kabuto / Kuwagata Version50,164NewDSRocket Co.
02.05.Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 233,9731,098,572DSSquare Enix
01.06.Lost Planet 233,85118,463PS3Capcom
04.07.Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker25,465697,576PSPKonami
03.08.World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen22,16879,382PS3Konami
08.09.New Super Mario Bros. Wii16,2793,859,557WiiNintendo
New10.Death Smiles IIX16,112New360Cave


In other news, Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin – The Lord of Elemental did rather well for itself, selling through 82.54% of its first shipment. As illustrated in the chart, Deathsmiles made an appearance, too. Hot on its tail, just off the top-ten at #11, was Alan Wake, also somewhere in the range of 16,000 units. And way down the chart at #25 was Strike Witches: Anata to Dekiru Koto – A Little Peaceful Days for the PlayStation 2, which moved between 4,000 and 5,000 units.


Finally, poor Red Steel 2 failed to chart in the top 50 at all, which shouldn’t surprise anyone, given the emphasis on jumping around in first-person and the numerous other factors working against it.

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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