This Week In Sales: Super Mario Galaxy 2 Soars



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.


Year Title First week Tot. Sales Sys.
1996 Super Mario 64 162,111 1,639,921 N64
2002 Super Mario Sunshine 280,610 789,989 GCN
2004 Super Mario 64 DS 120,062 1,133,678 DS
2007 Super Mario Galaxy 250,585 966,817 Wii


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:


Lw Tw Title Tw. Sales Tot. Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Super Mario Galaxy 2 339,901 New Wii Nintendo
New 02. Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin – The Lord of Elemental 80,674 New DS Namco Bandai
New 03. Soccer Tsuku DS: World Challenge 2010 50,206 New DS SEGA
New 04. Medarot DS: Kabuto / Kuwagata Version 50,164 New DS Rocket Co.
02. 05. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 33,973 1,098,572 DS Square Enix
01. 06. Lost Planet 2 33,85 118,463 PS3 Capcom
04. 07. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 25,465 697,576 PSP Konami
03. 08. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen 22,168 79,382 PS3 Konami
08. 09. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 16,279 3,859,557 Wii Nintendo
New 10. Death Smiles IIX 16,112 New 360 Cave


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 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.