This Week In Sales: Tanooki Mario Spins A Tail Of Success


Period: The week of October 31st – November 6th (2011)

Top-seller: Super Mario 3D Land – 343,492

Nintendo 3DS sales: 145,271 | Total sales: 2,356,915


Last week saw the release of Super Mario 3D Land, the first major holiday game for the Nintendo 3DS. In its first week, Super Mario 3D Land sold 343,492 copies. That’s a higher first week number than both Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 on the Wii, which is an important point to note with regard to 3D Mario games.


3D Land is tasked not only with selling a lot more 3DSes (which it did), but also with helping bridge the gap between players (and sales) of 2D and 3D Mario titles. 2D Mario games typically tend to sell much more than the 3D ones, and this is a trend that, at least in Japan, Nintendo have been attempting to address. For reference, here are first week sales of the two Galaxy games:


Super Mario Galaxy (2007) – 250,585

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010) – 339,901


Considering that the 3DS isn’t even past its first year and that 3D Land is already selling slightly better than Galaxy 2 (released in 2010, during the Wii’s prime), those are encouraging numbers. What remains to be seen is how much word of mouth and the holiday season affect sales of the game in the weeks to come.


Moving on, boasting some great sales for a western-developed game was Uncharted 3. That game took the #2 spot with nearly 125,000 copies sold in a week. It was closely followed by Battlefield 3, which sold 123,000 copies in the same week.


At #4, Final Fantasy Type-0 for PSP held strong with another 122,000 copies sold. Unfortunately, Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 didn’t have much to be proud of, selling less than 39,000 copies.


The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Super Mario 3D Land343,492New3DSNintendo
New02.Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception124,989NewPS3Sony
New03.Battlefield 3123,379NewPS3Electronic Arts
01.04.Final Fantasy Type-0122,286594,540PSPSquare Enix
02.05.Kirby’s Return to Dreamland55,779192,589WiiNintendo
New06.Pro Evolution Soccer 201245,437NewPSPKonami
New07.Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3
38,859New3DSSquare Enix
New08.Battlefield 327,723New360Electronic Arts
04.09.Just Dance Wii25,665189,116WiiNintendo
05.10.Go Vacation16,99589,463WiiNamco Bandai
New11.Pro Evolution Soccer Play Maker 2012 14,117NewWiiKonami
14.12.Wii Sports Resort12,570638,091WiiNintendo
03.13.The Idolm@ster 210,72176,233PS3Namco Bandai
12.14.Pro Evolution Soccer 201210,636381,156PS3Konami
New15.Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
13.16.AKB1/48: I Fell in Love With an Idol in Guam8,883310,625PSPNamco Bandai
16.17.Rhythm Heaven8,581535,523WiiNintendo
08.18.Macross F: The Wings of Goodbye Hybrid Pack8,352167,700PS3Namco Bandai
15.19.Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact7,14472,374PSPNamco Bandai
New20.Nicola Kanshuu: Model * Oshare Audition 26,643New3DSAlchemist


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.