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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Super Mario 3D Land 343,492 New 3DS Nintendo
New 02. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception 124,989 New PS3 Sony
New 03. Battlefield 3 123,379 New PS3 Electronic Arts
01. 04. Final Fantasy Type-0 122,286 594,540 PSP Square Enix
02. 05. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland 55,779 192,589 Wii Nintendo
New 06. Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 45,437 New PSP Konami
New 07. Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3
38,859 New 3DS Square Enix
New 08. Battlefield 3 27,723 New 360 Electronic Arts
04. 09. Just Dance Wii 25,665 189,116 Wii Nintendo
05. 10. Go Vacation 16,995 89,463 Wii Namco Bandai
New 11. Pro Evolution Soccer Play Maker 2012 14,117 New Wii Konami
14. 12. Wii Sports Resort 12,570 638,091 Wii Nintendo
03. 13. The [email protected] 2 10,721 76,233 PS3 Namco Bandai
12. 14. Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 10,636 381,156 PS3 Konami
New 15. Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
9,786 New PS2 Konami
13. 16. AKB1/48: I Fell in Love With an Idol in Guam 8,883 310,625 PSP Namco Bandai
16. 17. Rhythm Heaven 8,581 535,523 Wii Nintendo
08. 18. Macross F: The Wings of Goodbye Hybrid Pack 8,352 167,700 PS3 Namco Bandai
15. 19. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact 7,144 72,374 PSP Namco Bandai
New 20. Nicola Kanshuu: Model * Oshare Audition 2 6,643 New 3DS Alchemist


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.