Big in Japan Oct. 18-24: Super Mario All-Stars

Portly plumber's 25th anniversary compilation dethrones Pokemon as Vanquish, Medal of Honor, more new releases storm Japanese sales charts.

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After five straight weeks atop Media Create's Japanese game sales charts, Pokemon Black and White were finally bested during the October 18-24 period. Fans of the pocket monster hunting franchise can take some solace in the knowledge that it took a budget-priced release celebrating the 25th anniversary of an even bigger Nintendo icon to push Pokemon down the podium.

Traditionally, the 25th anniversary gift is silver.

The Wii release of Super Mario All-Stars sold 307,755 copies in its debut week to take the top spot on the charts. The anniversary package includes all four Super Mario games from the NES (including the entirely different American and Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2), as well as a retrospective booklet and soundtrack CD. The game sells for ¥2,500 ($31) in Japan and will launch in North America for $30 on December 12.

The Super Mario retrospective led a cavalry charge of new releases on the Japanese charts. The next-best-selling new game was Namco Bandai's Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, which came in third with 63,675 copies sold, trailing Pokemon Black and White in second with 81,915 sold. A third new release also managed to make the top five, as Shinji Mikami's sci-fi shooter Vanquish debuted in the fourth spot, selling 48,318 copies.

Another three new releases took up residence in the back half of the top 10, starting with Electronic Arts' Medal of Honor. The modern-day Afghanistan-set shooter came in sixth place with 25,265 sold, and the publisher scored another new game on the charts with FIFA Soccer 11's ninth-place finish (18,995 sold).

The PlayStation Move motion-sensing controller was also released during the week, though it managed to place only one game in the top 10. The audio-driven art game Beat Sketcher finished in eighth place with 22,165 copies sold. Time Crisis: Razing Storm, the Resident Evil 5 Move Edition bundle, and Sports Champions also managed to make it into the top 20.

On the hardware chart, sales were down across the board. The consoles and handhelds finished in the same order as they did the previous week, with the PSP and PlayStation 3 on top, followed by Nintendo's DS family and Wii. After several weeks of relatively high sales, the PSP Go also saw its sales backslide for the week, as it dipped below 1,000 units sold after two weeks above that threshold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF OCTOBER 18-24, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Super Mario All-Stars / Nintendo / Wii / 307,755
2. Pokemon Black and White / The Pokemon Company / DS / 81,915
3. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 63,675
4. Vanquish / Sega / PS3 / 48,318
5. Kirby's Epic Yarn / Nintendo / Wii / 35,633
6. Medal of Honor / Electronic Arts / PS3 / 25,365
7. Lord of Arcana / Square Enix / PSP / 24,939
8. Beat Sketcher / Sony Computer Entertainment / PS3 / 22,165
9. FIFA Soccer 11 / Electronic Arts / PS3 / 18,995
10. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 15,895

Hardware:
PSP - 32,591
PS3 - 20,128
DSi LL - 15,819
DSi - 14,703
Wii - 11,971
DS Lite - 3,887
Xbox 360 - 2,162
PS2 - 1,222
PSP Go - 924

Discussion

44 comments
superbuuman
superbuuman

man, ppl must really LOVE Mario in Japan...just look at those figures O_O

Nibustan
Nibustan

lol just thought it said psp2 at ps2 and i was like w00000t

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Japan is opposite to the USA! Wow! :P

guile295
guile295

damn they really don't like xbox over there

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

wondering if it had update graphics, but well worth buying it again. what is a psp go?

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

I wouldn't pay 30 dollars for Super Mario Allstars, some useless retrospective booklet with information that you can find on a wiki, and a music CD that I'll never bother listening to. Personally, I would have found this a lot more convincing if it came with Super Mario World and Yoshi's Island, too.

Asm92784
Asm92784

So it looks like Mario All-stars is an exact port of Mario All-stars for the SNES. Here is a video from youtube of a guy who bought an imported copy from Japan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAN7f3bDloE They didn't even update the copyright date. Kinda disappointing at least to me.

UnitedGamerz
UnitedGamerz

WOOOW THE ORIGINAL PSP IS OWNIING THE PSP GO......

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

Its funny how people say the Wii has fallen in popularity. Um hello folks, maybe everyone in Japan already own Wiis. It makes sense

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

lol im surprised the Wii is still selling, I mean shouldnt everyone in that contry have a Wii by now? XD Anyway, damn that is great news for Mario

knoxyknight
knoxyknight

I just wish it had super mario world as well. Oh well, the soundtrack totally sells me.

cameio
cameio

Oh PS3 sales double the Wii's that's great GO SONY :)

djwood84
djwood84

@addictedchaos one would assume it would be the same data as the SNES cart "Super mario Allstars," which contained all 4 NES games.

inferno394
inferno394

YAY lets buy it all over again!!! :D

addictedtochaos
addictedtochaos

does anyone know for certain if it is the NES or SNES verison of those games?

Pete5506
Pete5506

I can't wait to pick it up in the states

koced
koced

sonic has way more games

eldin4444
eldin4444

mmmmmmmmmmm Well of course u can use an emulator, but I think is a nice deal, anyways Nipon love mario A LOT. And I dont think Wii has fallen in pupularity I just think that almost everyone in japan have a Wii. I mean really nintendo lead the Japan console sales for a long time. Honestly the psp go meet all my expectations I mean I have a psp fat so why would I want a go? because it doesn't use UMD? neah dont think so.

bub166
bub166

What? I didn't know they were releasing this. Of course I could use an emulator, but 30 dollars for them... I might just do this.

lithus
lithus

One word..."Emulator". Save 30 bucks.

soulless4now
soulless4now

The Wii is definitely sliding in sales in Japan. Makes me wonder if it'll reach the 100 million units sold mark.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

holy cow mario 25th anniverserey dominated the charts

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Even the Mario collection didn't move Wii sales. Shows that Wii has fallen in popularity. Cheaper prices for games even though investors will be angry and supply will go down

macrules_640
macrules_640

Never underestimate the power of the original Mario games, they're still addicting to play.

Crashbox45
Crashbox45

Just goes to show how people in Japan STILL love Mario after all these years.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Awesome sale numbers. Can't wait !!!! :)

Kid2812
Kid2812

poor pokemon. dont worry ou will be big ..... when you final come out in the UK lol

sman3579
sman3579

Good to see Mario, Pomemon, and Kirby on the list. I'm happy to see that these great games are selling well.

feryl06
feryl06

wow, you mean the japanese love Super Mario? Not news...

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

if this is a weekly report then wow there is either a ton of people living in japan that buys video games or these reports are bogus.... Boy that country must be pretty wealthy if each week a million plus people buys a video game...

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

monson21502 Posted Oct 29, 2010 2:33 pm PT japan is silly folk, why keep buying dsi and psp when the nexts ones are so close. aint like the systems are cheap now... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- no they are not silly, japanese always meet each other on the street, cafe and they bluetooth each other to game challenge. Like in the medivel, they use sword.

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

I'm amazed people are still buying PS2's in Japan.

monson21502
monson21502

japan is silly folk, why keep buying dsi and psp when the nexts ones are so close. aint like the systems are cheap now...

blobulus
blobulus

@Venom341 yeah true. I should have seen it coming because psp is DIEING!!!

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

Uh, Chaz456, these are weekly numbers from Japan, not monthly like in the USA. Pachter can keep on eating his chile cheese burrito dogs with no worries.

Venom341
Venom341

@blobulus No surprise there

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

As usual, Nintendo ruling the sales charts for software.

elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

good week for sony, once again japanese know whats good in video games, american gamers can learn something

sebetai
sebetai

Five awesome weeks. oh well, the Mario collection sounds interesting. i plan to get it when it comes to the U.S as long as it has the art book and CD.

blobulus
blobulus

Wow the psp go is a FAIL!

Chaz456
Chaz456

It truly is shocking how irrelevant the sales are in terms of both hardware and software is in Japan these days. The second top selling game couldn't even crack 100K and their top selling hardware unit was the PSP at a measly 32K. If this happened in America Michael Patcher would probably get an ulcer seeing as how he is always complaining about current sales figures.

zar144
zar144

25 years... Man, time goes fast...

SloganYams
SloganYams

Truly Mario is (by far) the most timeless of all games. Super Mario Bros. (and subsequent sequels) have been re-released dozens of times, but everyone (rightfully) still goes crazy for them every time they see a new release. It shows just how timeless and universal Mario is.