Big in Japan Oct 31 - Nov 6: Super Mario 3D Land

New handheld adventure featuring Nintendo's mascot easily leads sales charts, pushes 3DS to top of hardware heap.

Mario's first handheld excursion into the third dimension has put the plumber in first place. According to the recent Media Create sales update for the week of October 31, Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS sold 343,492 units on its debut week, easily topping the sales charts.

Koopa genocide rules in-game sales for October 31.

Although the 3DS's launch difficulties have been well documented, Super Mario 3D Land's Japanese debut actually outperformed its predecessors on the successful Wii console. Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii sold about 250,000 on its first week of Japanese release in 2007, and its sequel sold 339,901 in 2010.

Alongside the 3DS title, two new Western-made titles bumped former top-slot-holder Final Fantasy Type-0 to fourth place, with 122,286 units sold. They are Uncharted 3 and Battlefield 3 (PS3 version), with 124,989 and 123,379 units sold, respectively. The Xbox 360 version of the third Battlefield title was at eighth place, with 27,723 units sold.

Other new entries include the PSP version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012, which sold 45,437 units, and the new Dragon Quest spin-off title Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3, which sold 38,859 units. The spin-off for the 3DS is the sequel to Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, which takes place on the high seas. Players control a member of the series' iconic slime race called Shujinko and must fight off evil pirates with customisable battleships and action role-playing combat.

3DS sales increased during the week due to the appearance of a new Mario title on the platform. Nintendo sold 145,271 units of the system, a jump from 65,041 units sold in the week of October 24. Sony's PSP sales went down to 27,952 units, but PS3 sales went up to 26,966 units. Meanwhile, Nintendo sold 11,725 units of the Wii for the week.

Japanese game sales for the week of October 31 - November 6:

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Super Mario 3D Land / Nintendo / 3DS / 343,492
2. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception / Sony / PS3 / 124,989
3. Battlefield 3 / EA / PS3 / 123,379
4. Final Fantasy Type-0 / Square Enix / PSP / 122,286
5. Kirby's Return to Dreamland / Nintendo / Wii / 55,779
6. Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 / Konami / PSP / 45,437
7. Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 / Square Enix / 3DS / 38,859
8. Battlefield 3 / EA / Xbox 360 / 27,723
9. Just Dance Wii / Nintendo / Wii / 25,665
10. Go Vacation / Namco Bandai / Wii / 16,995

Hardware
3DS - 145,271
PSP - 27,952
PS3 - 26,966
Wii - 11,725
DSi XL - 2041
Xbox 360 - 1699
PS2 - 1457
DSi - 1057
DS Lite - 33

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63 comments
Videogal1993
Videogal1993

I almost have enough cash to buy a 3DS and a game to go with it! Also have a PSP! XD Going to sell my Wii for extra cash

catsith
catsith

lol at 33 DS lite. especially when you compare it to the psp... few years back DS was what, four times more than psp in terms of hardware sales? I am not criticising either console, i love em both, just an interesting observation!

Master666Z
Master666Z

@JussCaca but Wiiu is better than Wii :)

mello7283
mello7283

Awesome, 3DS is sweet! Just got mine a week ago.

Shadowmax889
Shadowmax889

the 3DS the supposed "dead console" has good health, is number 4th in sales in America (only behind main consoles) and 1st worldwide. Super Mario 3D land is 4th in sales worldwide. Yeah pretty dead to me

LAnoirFAN
LAnoirFAN

i guess it's time for shopping YEAAAAAAAH BABE!!!

JussCaca
JussCaca

The japanese already know the Wii is better than Xbox

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

Not surprised that Super Mario 3D Land won in Japan (it won't in America because you have 5 or 6 more releases coming out next week in addition to Mario) but I am pleasantly surprised that Western-made games like Uncharted and Battlefield 3 doing fairly well considering how Japan prefers their domestic games.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

@Ovirew It will probably take 1 week for me to complete SM3DL's main game and 2-4 weeks to 100% it,which is quite long.KIU,REvelations and Tekken prime edition are the only games(currently) that I'm excited for and hope TWEWY will be released soon.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@Ovirew : While I agree the e-shop is still full of fail...so far every Nintendo title uses the 3d best...OoT? highly praised for use of 3d...Super Mario 3d Land? Almost necessary to use 3d,PilotWings? Looks absolutely stunning in 3d. I personally haven't had much game-time with Nintendogs+Cats as I felt the original was enough...but so far the titles that don't use 3d well are the 3rd party titles that Nintendo can't control.3d while being the most advertised point...actually wasn't thought of until half-way through production..the main focus at base was towards more powerful games (compared to the previous and woefully underpowered ds).And we see 2 ports compared to the...6+ non-port first party titles being released? Nintendo didn't release OoT or Starfox mainly for nostalgia (though it might've been a helpful feature) they released it for those who either were too young to play/remember the titles and those who don't remember them well.Keep in mind that just because you remember it well doesn't mean everyone else does.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Bring it on, I've been waiting for a new game to play on my 3DS since Star Fox 64 3D.

Vampire64
Vampire64

Never say die to Nintendo :)

Ovirew
Ovirew

@dxdevilex0 I hope you're right. I'm just kinda giving things time, waiting to see what games the system has to offer a year or two from now. But most of what I'm playing now are DS games, not 3DS games, and DSiWare/Gameboy stuff. I'm sure MarioKart 7 will be fun, even if I've played several Mario Kart games already. I just don't know how long a game like Mario 3D Land will keep me busy and interested yet. Usually you hear about games a good year or half a year before they are released, so it's a long wait, waiting to see what the future holds for the system.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@moviequest14 I got the 3DS at launch. I have yet to be amazed by it, or really feel like it has changed gaming. A few months after launch, the system drops in price about $100.00. I felt cheated, but I could see why that happened. Nintendo 'rewarded' us loyal launch owners with old games that we've been able to play in at least 5 different incarnations already, and GBA games which I've owned as well. Nintendo bragged up the 3D aspect of the 3DS, and it's okay, but it was nowhere near amazing enough to be the main selling-point of the system. Nintendo also announced this game and showcased many others several months before system launch. But only a few of those games came out so far. Two of them were updated remakes of existing games, and OOT was the biggest game on the system for nearly a year which shows that Nintendo makes most of their money on nostalgia. And only two big 1st-party games are coming out in time for the holidays - both of them are Mario games. There's really nothing new or breathtaking on the system yet. And for a company as big as Nintendo, it's disappointing they have no real original killer-aps.

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

I can't wait for SMB 3D it comes out Sunday finally. I really want to try out the new powers.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

@moviequest14 Nope,3DS will succeed after 1 or 2 years,it's not like every single console launch is successful,it takes time.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@wiidsduelpack : Oh awesome,another person declaring whether a game ''deserves'' to succeed or not...I was just thinking that I needed a moral guide on which titles have the right to be successful or not...thanks for your all-justified words of wisdom!

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

New Super Mario Bros. Wii did 900k in Japan first week. I don't think this will sell more than Super Mario 64 DS. Like this game did not deserve this

botroo3
botroo3

i am glad things are looking up for Nintendo, i cant live in a world without Zelda, Metroid and Mario.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@metalkitten : Actually I find analysts pretty steady and I live by them...they are steadily wrong every time.This way I know the exact opposite will happen every time they predict something.If you look far enough behind in the 3ds news you will see an article (before 3ds was released) with these analysts saying the 3ds was ''set to succeed'' but now after a rocky launch (which they are..surprise surprise WRONG about) the analysts are shouting their 3ds doom while playing Angry Birds on their iphones...3ds will succeed,Nintendo will NOT go all-software,iphone will not takeover portable gaming,and the developers will continue to be dead wrong.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@Ovirew : Did you seriously just say (or even speculate) that the 3ds doesn't ''deserve'' to sell well? No offense meant..but who are you to say whether a system ''deserves'' to sell well? Apparently 145,271 people tend to disagree with you....

metalkitten
metalkitten

@Ovirew deserve to sell well?? what kind of question is that:P i personally dont play mario (since i agree on ur statement and i was brought up with mario and hence dont play it now) - i prefer third party games, mostly atlus for ds but the 3ds is a good console and nintendo keep coming up with new ideas that mario will make the 3ds sell more is obvious since many play mario - like many play rockstar games or some other like halo so ull buy the console for it no brainer really and has nothing to do with if its deserved or not

metalkid9
metalkid9

The numbers scared the crap out of me for a sec there. I thought this was NA

Ovirew
Ovirew

@franzito good point. dunno why your comment got hidden.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@metalkitten Does the 3DS really deserve to sell so well though? I've played Mario games before, I already know what to expect. The name Mario is what is selling.

jch123
jch123

there are so many games!! what the hell am i gonna do?

metalkitten
metalkitten

i seriously dont get why all media was after like a month or 2: the 3ds is doomed!!!!!!! i dont even understand how analysts said so - common - even i can do ur job better than u then... the 3ds is a great console on its own and now the games that most people want are showing up and its sells even more - what a shocker - not

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Just 2 more days to sunday,guys. :)

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

And everyone was doubting the 3ds hahaha. Nintendo always come through!

Flint247
Flint247

3DS rocks! I can't wait to play Super Mario 3D Land whenever I get it and Mario Kart 7. :D Go Nintendo! :D

moviequest14
moviequest14

3ds units sell more than all the other systems combined and SuperMario3dLand sells more than the 2nd and 3rd top selling games combined somewhere a Sony Fanboy is weeping :P

vega13mv
vega13mv

I'm actually gonna be up early on a Sunday for this. crazy eh?

nintendo-naut
nintendo-naut

A Mario game big in Japan?! How can this be?! :o :P Haha, can't wait to pick up my copy on Sunday. :D

Super-Poke-Bros
Super-Poke-Bros

Aww yeah!! Looking forward to playing Mario 3DS :) Uncharted 3 as well, but Skyward Sword / Skyrim first

grbolivar
grbolivar

Is the Wii still selling? I don't get it...

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

No games came close to beat Mario's latest game! I'm shocked. A good shock but still shocked, I have to pick this up.

pszone
pszone

gd week for 3DS but bad week for DSlite . Uncharted 3 should been top game because story and look on the game but i guess mario should be no1 as well and for battefeild 3 well sold more on ps3

signaldis_basic
signaldis_basic

@mariostar0001 agreed just ride the trains around here and it's highly apparent that the PSP is still going strong. I see more oji-sans (grandpas) playing it then kids!!!

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! just WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! it takes the legendary mario to lay the smackdown on battlefield hahahahha (even if its only in japan still...)

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

A gleam of a potentially brighter future for Nintendo and Friends. Mario is the hero the 3DS deserves,and the one it needs right now.

franzito
franzito

Maybe Mario will make 3DS sell more, although buying it to play one game is just for spendthrifts.

wahyudil
wahyudil

can't wait for zelda ... this month too