Big in Japan August 13-19: New Super Mario Bros. 2

Nintendo strikes software top spot again with 2D platformer; 3DS XL on top of weekly hardware sales.

Nintendo seem to be dominating the top sales spots during Japan's summer break period. According to the recent Media Create sales update, the number one game for the week of August 13 to August 19 was New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS.

Despite retreading familiar territory, Mario games still get the gold.

The game sold 152,026 units. Critics praised the title for its levels and controls, but panned it for its reliance on retreading glories of past Mario titles. For more information on the title, check out GameSpot's review.

The other Nintendo titles securing second and third place were Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 for the DS and Dragon Quest X, respectively. The former titles sold 55,787 units, while the latter Wii RPG sold 45,470 units. There were no new titles debuting in the top 10 for the previous week.

On the hardware front, both versions of the 3DS were the top-selling consoles for the week. The 3DS XL was at 66,412 units, while the 3DS was at 45,445 units; the total combined is 111,857. The PS3 was at 16,277 units, while the Wii was at 15,640 units.

Top Japan Game Sales of August 13 to August 19

Software
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Units
1. New Super Mario Bros. 2 / Nintendo / 3DS / 148,225
2. Pokemon Black, Pokemon White 2 / Nintendo, Pokemon / DS / 62,274
3. Dragon Quest X / Square Enix / Wii / 47,065
4. Just Dance Wii 2 / Nintendo / Wii / 23,231
5. Brain Age 3DS / Nintendo / 3DS /20,372
6. Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigi no Orb / Namco Bandai / 3DS / 18,825
7. Wii Sports Resort / Nintendo / Wii / 15,682
8. Run for Money: Flee From The Strongest Hunters in History / Namco Bandai / 3DS / 13,836
9. Kirby's Dream Collection / Nintendo / Wii / 13,067
10. Kobito Zukan Kobito Kansatsu Set / Columbia / 3DS / 12,646

Hardware
3DS XL - 66,412
3DS - 45,445
PS3 - 16,277
Wii - 15,640
PSP - 13,285
PS Vita - 11,298
PS2 - 1,433
DSi XL - 1,187
DSi - 1,069
Xbox 360 - 978

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29 comments
thom_maytees
thom_maytees

It will be a matter of a few weeks before New Super Mario Bros. 2 reaches one million copies.

TheZeroPercent
TheZeroPercent

i cant believe that 15,640 japaneseians didnt have a wii

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Love seeing this sort of info. No real surprise regarding the games list - the big surprise to me is that even in Japan the PSP still outsells the PSVita!

craigprime
craigprime

I contributed to that 66,412! It is awesome. Seriously, you should get one. It even fits in your pocket still.

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

Nintendo's coming back decently here. It either comes back swinging or falls back into the danger zone.

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

nintendo is dooomed.

superxtreme101
superxtreme101

Really hoping the Vita does well, hopefully they lower its price so that it catch some steam

zzamaro
zzamaro

This only proves that the game sold because of the name, not the quality.

GamespotSux_IKR
GamespotSux_IKR

Heh. Nintendo Fanboy bullets. I love it.

 

-I want Dragon Quest 10 more than Mario, Pokes, GTA5, anything!!!

Mayleene
Mayleene

Where is the Big In Japan August 20 - August 26th?  This was a weekly article just a few weeks ago now it's hit and miss.  What is up with that?

ferval100
ferval100

That little picture should read "Despite releasing Super Mario Bros. 3 again, Mario games still get the gold."

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

Proof on why it was smart for Nintendo to release two versions of the 3DS because they're selling side by side, not in competition with each other :D

FlameEmperor
FlameEmperor

Go nintendo. Waiting to see how well the Wii U does.

Thirdrail1
Thirdrail1

If you're in the neighborhood, see if anyone at Sony is awake enough to read this.

 

GET THE VITA ROLLING, SONY!

Mayleene
Mayleene

 @chipwithdip How so?  Have you seen the falling back Sony's been going through lately?

Mayleene
Mayleene

And I guess you are too.  Keep holding onto that doom there KBFloYd!

soulless4now
soulless4now

 @superxtreme101 Sony insists there will be no price drop this year, but that and a better line up of games will help it. Vita doesn't have any heavy hitters yet. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @zzamaro 

Read the reviews again, majority of reviews have praised the quality of the game, but just disappointed with the lack the originality that nearly all new Mario titles offer. 

ferval100
ferval100

 @Mayleene I know, SMB3 is a great game. Just wish they would come up with some new ideas and stop re-releasing SMB3.

homegirl2180
homegirl2180

 @Mayleene  @abHS4L88 Meh, the week the XL and NSMB2 released, the final count for both systems combined was over 236K. I'm not picking up NSMB2, but I'm glad it might be giving Nintendo the funds it needs. I just hope NSMB2 doesn't alienate some consumers.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @homegirl2180  @Mayleene 

Hopefully those "alienated" have read the news that this is the ONLY 2D Mario game appearing on the 3DS so if they want their 2D Mario fix, this is the only offering they're going to get. It is subject to chance BUT seeing is how both the Wii and DS only had 1 2D Mario title, it seems likely.