Big in Japan Dec. 7-13: New Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo's portly plumber reprises chart-topping performance, Modern Warfare 2 sells nearly 100K on PS3 alone; Wii leads hardware.

Earlier this week, Japanese game-industry tracking firm Enterbrain reported that Nintendo's latest platformer New Super Mario Bros. Wii has continued to sell gangbusters into its second week. Fellow Japanese stat-tracker Media Create has subsequently affirmed that initial report, saying that New Super Mario Bros. Wii sold 431,198 units during the December 7-13 reporting period.

Mario doesn't even get out of bed for less than 10,000 gold coins.

Namco Bandai's Tales of Graces for the Wii scored the biggest debut of the week, selling 143,215 units. However, perhaps the most surprising debut was Infinity Ward's record-setting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Though Western-developed titles (not to mention consoles) traditionally fare poorly in Japan, Modern Warfare 2 on the PlayStation 3 opened in fourth with 92,743 units. The final new top 10 debut, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3, finished in fifth with 75,596 units sold.

The remainder of Media Create's chart will have a familiar ring to it. Nintendo's perennial top performers Tomodachi Collection, Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver, and Wii Fit Plus all once again charted, as did PokePark Wii: Pikachu no Daibouken, which debuted the week before. Sega's Phantasy Star Portable 2 and Namco Bandai's Kidou Senshi Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Next Plus also returned to Media Create's chart.

With two Wii games dominating the software chart, the console itself secured top billing on the hardware front. On the week, the Wii sold 135,898 units in Japan, easily beating out the PS3's 75,086 finish and the PSP's 71,885 tally. The DSi, DSi LL, and DS Lite followed with respective 68,184 units, 58,006 units, and 11,376 units sold. The Xbox 360 managed to crack the 10,000 marker, while the PSP Go sold 3,077 units and the PlayStation 2 shifted 2,463 machines.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF DEC. 7-DEC. 13, 2009
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1) New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Nintendo / Wii / 431,198
2) Tales of Graces / Namco Bandai / Wii / 143,215
3) Tomodachi Collection / Nintendo / DS / 101,905
4) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / Square Enix / PS3 / 92,743
5) Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 / Namco Bandai / PSP / 75,596
6) Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver / Nintendo / DS / 75,006
7) Phantasy Star Portable 2 / Sega / PSP / 74,203
8) Wii Fit Plus / Nintendo / Wii / 64,209
9) PokePark Wii: Pikachu no Daibouken / Nintendo / Wii / 57,410
10) Kidou Senshi Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Next Plus / Namco Bandai / PSP / 56,596

Hardware:
Wii - 135,898
PS3 - 75,086
PSP - 71,885
DSi - 68,184
DSi LL - 58,006
DS Lite - 11,376
Xbox 360 - 10,646
PSP Go - 3,077
PS2 - 2,463

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73 comments
RawHunterX
RawHunterX

Every one has oppinions, every console does it best, each company, the spirit of competition makes this even more succesful, while some people acuse the WII to be the underdog compaerd to PS3 and 360 software, I admit that last year I bought more PS3 and 360 games but I gues when I buy a WII game (or any Nintendo for that matter) I feel what a game really means, I still couldn't find New Super Mario Bros. WII. :))

cspark809
cspark809

japanese being loyal to nation of japan that even buying a game. Honestly, now days japanese games arent that good as it use to be. Japanese games doesn't improve that much compare a lot of western companies. I believe only reason alot of jap game company survives cause the guarantee support from japanese, not that game is great.

AznVIP
AznVIP

only reason why wii sold so much is because it had cheap hardware and low price......it also had mostly family games so parents were recommended it....and wii was first to have a sensor control for console....but when actually play it,the control needs some working on...........also because the wii has so many consumers its only logical that wii games would sell so much

dlihcraw
dlihcraw

I wonder why the PSP Go sold so few hardware units? The total comparison between PSP and DS sales suggests that Nintendo still dominates the handheld market.

Phoenix2Raven
Phoenix2Raven

Congrats Nintendo :) I love how they proved everyone wrong by ending up on top this gen. People wrote them off and say they were dead after the Gamecube but Nintendo shows they are still a force to be reckon with LOL. I have a thing for supporting the underdog and I was getting really piss at how the industry kept dissing them before the Wii debut. If it hadn't been for Nintendo there would be no game industry right now, it was as good as dead after Atari messed up so badly in the 80s so we need to give credit where its due. Nintendo has started many things that all consoles to this day utilize.

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

@MasterLink31 No I'm for real. I like the wii series of games and nintendo is too successful sometimes. I wanna see what wiirelax will bring to the series

4163982838
4163982838

This is a good sign for tales of graces. Besides we haven't had one in over a year! im starved for some tales!!!

MasterLink31
MasterLink31

@ayumi_miyazaki Was that supposed to be sarcasm?

KillerOttsel
KillerOttsel

Wow. 360 ain't doin' so hot there. They'll probably pick it up next yr

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

Congratulations to Nintendo, a company that had been written off for dead after the relative disappointments known as the Nintendo 64 and GameCube. The industry just wouldn't be the same without their first-party software and willingness to put being fun ahead of being edgy or high-powered.

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

If tales of graces can keep selling well in japan then I think it will come out over here. I am looking forward to the vitilaty sensor and wii relax next year

thetravman
thetravman

PSP outsold Go by 68k. Ouch indeed.Tough luck Sony.

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

Look at the Wii go. Go Wii go Wii go. Nintendo is king.

ClintKeys
ClintKeys

Can't wait for next week results...

death_dealerK
death_dealerK

its good to know that Nintendo is still leading the way in consoles. Now if tales of graces came to north america

death_dealerK
death_dealerK

its nice to see nintendo at the top again. if only tales of graces came to north america

Dualmask
Dualmask

I hope Phantasy Star Portable 2 (#7 above) comes across the ocean. I played the Japanese demo and it's such a step up from the original.

germanqr
germanqr

@brendanhunt1, Also in most European countries

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

MW2 for square-enix... i think is much better.

Tremor671
Tremor671

@Kastilho There isn't anybody left without a DS over there, people just keep buying seconds and thirds.

DanBal76
DanBal76

I'm a fan of the PSP, but i'm glad to see the PSPGo is doing poorly. Why? Well, because that thing is a disgrace. Smaller screen, strange design, and worst of all, no UMD drive. I hate digital distribution. I'm an old school gamer you see, i like to hold the game media, read the manual and see the game box.

kastilho
kastilho

i still dont know how there are still people in japan that dont have a DS

travisstaggs
travisstaggs

Nice to see the Ps2 still selling a bit atleast.

travisstaggs
travisstaggs

@ Nintenkid49: In Japan Square Enix published Modern Warfare 2.

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

Nintendo came along way haven't they everyone. If they can weather this storm (ff13+ps3) release, then they will clinch this round in the eyse of many. They won this gen of course but if they can close 2009 on a strong note thatll be fantastic. As for Xbox360 I say if they can keep sales up until natal they'll be fine and will clinch 2nd place again

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

Nintendo came along way haven't they everyone. If they can weather this storm (ff13+ps3) release, then they will clinch this round in the eyse of many. They won this gen of course but if they can close 2009 on a strong note thatll be fantastic. As for Xbox360 I say if they can keep sales up until natal they'll be fine and will clinch 2nd place again

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

Wonder if the MW sold more on the PS3 than the XBOX360 in Europe. since PS3 is the hot S#1T over there.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

only country where mw sells more on ps3 than xbox

thetravman
thetravman

Gamespots stupid little cracks about Mario and his coins are getting old. I seen it in 2 or 3 other gamespot articles.

CFSaints37
CFSaints37

Square Enix had the rights to publish MW2 in Japan for Activision just to get some money but has/had nothing to do with development, except maybe Japanese translation.

townsenda1
townsenda1

Well we knew that Nintendo was big in Japan. Just didn't know it was this big. But the PS3 is making a run.

chefstubbies
chefstubbies

Well if Square-Enix now owns the rights to Call of Duty, does that mean that the next COD installment will focus on angsty teen issues, awkward romance, mmorpg gameplay, an all metro-sexual cast, and japanese boy band pop music? Either that or it's simply a typo...but I like my explanation better.

kineticman_a13
kineticman_a13

@ JjaRaJaJja, leonhart11. It might be that Square Enix is the publisher of the Japanese version of the game. If you notice carefully, the heading says: Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales. So its not saying its made by Square Enix but rather that they have the publishing rights of the game in Japan.

leonhart11
leonhart11

yeah, modern warfare was not made by square, i think they got this wrong.

JjaRaJaJja
JjaRaJaJja

lol totally laughed when i saw square enix next to codmw2 hahaha.

JjaRaJaJja
JjaRaJaJja

lol totally laughed when i saw square enix next to codmw2 hahaha.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

@kamizuka, the two XBOXs are just XBOXs with different software. The two PSPs have different hardware. That means that they are different, since an XBOX Arcade could likely be reprogrammed. But you cannot program in analog sticks and UMD drives.

lamprey263
lamprey263

New Super Mario Bros is fun, not in a compulsive way where you wanna stay glued to the TV for an unhealthy amount of hours like Mario Galaxy did, but at least it's something to hold us over before Nintendo gives us something of more substance

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

I wonder how many PS3 sales are there the next time when it displays the FF13 -sales.

kamizuka
kamizuka

@CoolKidX no it only beaten the psp GO but the pspGO and the psp is just the same console. just like the xbox arcade and ellite

chefstubbies
chefstubbies

Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2 / Square Enix ??? I'm not sure about this...

CoolKidX
CoolKidX

Did the xbox 360 just beat the PSP and PSP Go... in Japan?

VectrexFanBoy
VectrexFanBoy

DSi - 68,184 DSi LL - 58,006 DS Lite - 11,376 damn...

Red_Signal
Red_Signal

It seems like EVERYONE has a psp these days...

Red_Signal
Red_Signal

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