Japan Charts Oct. 29-Nov. 4: Super Mario Galaxy's 250K debut

Nintendo dominates island nation's weekly sales charts, as space-borne plumber pushes a quarter of a million units in its first week.

This week, Nintendo's iconic mustachioed plumber deftly worked the pipes stateside, racking up high praise for his debut on the Wii with Super Mario Galaxy. However, Mario's space odyssey has been out in Japan since November 1, and Japanese gamers have been ushering his arrival with a plateful of yen. In the four days since launch, Super Mario Galaxy has sold 251,000 units, according to the latest figures from stat trackers Media Create.

Indicative of the island nation's continued fascination with Nintendo's hardware, the House that Mario Built commandeered eight of the top 10 slots in this week's sales chart. The Nintendo DS accounted for the bulk of those sales, with Final Fantasy Tactics A2 landing in the third position with 51,000 units sold, DS Literature Collection in fifth selling 18,000, and DS Nishimura Kyotarou Suspense Detective Series: Deadly Intent at sixth with 18,000 units.

Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day, World Soccer Winning Eleven DS: Goal to Goal, and Pokémon Mysterious Dungeon: Time Expedition Party rounded out the top 10 with 15,000, 15,000 again, and 14,000 units, respectively. A staple of Japan's charts, Wii Sports, which is not packed in with Nintendo's console in Japan, moved 16,000 more units, bringing its lifetime total to 2,182,000.

While the Xbox 360 continues to struggle in Japan, some homecourt publishers have been able to find a foothold in the market. Case in point, Namco Bandai made a strong debut for the week with Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation moving 77,000 units, securing second place. Another new entrant in Japan's charts, Banpresto's Super Robot Wars Scramble Commander the 2nd, sold 21,000 copies and filed in at the fourth slot.

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tastycasey27
tastycasey27

it makes me laugh how many people on here dont read articles right, it says sold in JAPAN IN 4 DAY NOT WORLDWIDE sheeesh. 250000 is alot for 4 days in japan. plus i still cant understand as well why people compare mario to halo its just stupid, well thats fanboys for ya, i like both those game but they are both different, and who cares how much they sell its not like your getting the money for each one sold.

blindkorn09
blindkorn09

"Halo sold a million copies in 1 day" It's just amazing how stupid you fanboys are....ummmm....that was a worldwide release you dumbass!!!! Mario sold 250k units in 4 days in Japan alone! How many units did Halo sell in Japan since it was released on Sept 25th??? Somewhere around 80,000. That's 170,000 less in a month and a half, then Mario sold in 4 days. Get you facts strait before you make anymore stupid statements people! And please wait untill the game gets released worldwide before you make any comparisons...OK?

masterXCYN
masterXCYN

i made a bet on lotto, hopefully I'll win a million. I'll buy all the next gen consoles and handhelds available. I wish i could ,lol. wii=mario,pwns

ninjasam
ninjasam

people, this is JAPANS SALES. 250 k in JAPAN

N-Flames
N-Flames

sorry but I dont like nintendo so am just genna kill da mood now... HALO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! rembember HALO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the game that sold over 1 million within 1 day.... Mario=250K oh how I laugh

osleyee
osleyee

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Lasafrog
Lasafrog

I cant believe my eyes with all negative talk here. 250,000 in Japan in 4 days is huge, and this is a game that is a casual pick-up, not heavily reliant on pre-buys like those on the 360/PS3 tend to be. Also, Nintendo first-party titles have almost always kept a consistant sales record week after week, often times even escalating over time. This is a great starting point, and there will be Millions sold (yes, plural) before November is out worldwide. Then Xmas hits. It's good to be Nintendo.

Captainintendo
Captainintendo

"if there are like more than 10 million wiis out there, shouldnt this have sold like ... i dont know, more?" This is just in japan. There are not 10 million wiis sold in japan.

ElZilcho
ElZilcho

if there are like more than 10 million wiis out there, shouldnt this have sold like ... i dont know, more? 250k in four days is laughable for a triple A game like mario galaxy is all i'm saying, and as time goes by game sells only go down not up, nintendo should really look to other genres in gaming to bring their games back up to household-name status, i'm sick and tired of platformers, mario platformer zelda platformer metroid platformer, come on enough already with the platformers how about a nice action hacknslasher like ninja gaiden or devil may cry i would totally cheer for that.

JCDenton
JCDenton

Okay, it sold 250k in 4 days...that's actually a lot. Don't worry people, there are still plenty of selling days to come...sheesh. Btw SMGalaxy has a 97/100 average on Metacritic.com

nathris
nathris

I don't think I'll ever understand the Japanese, Super Robot Wars Scramble Commander the 2nd sold 21,000 copies?!? There must be a translation error or something. 250,000 is a bit low for a nation containing 4 million Wiis, I was expecting something along the lines of 500-750k.

ROTO_DQ
ROTO_DQ

250K seems low for mario,but i think in ds-ruled japan,it's not bad.

Dark_Maggot
Dark_Maggot

HXCDEW 250k is still pretty low for Mario, even though it sold almost as many as the next nine games combined. I thought there was a million pre-order for this game? Did you read the Title?...It says JAPAN CHART as in Japan. The game doesnt come out until Monday Nov 12, at 12 a.m.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

250k is still pretty low for Mario, even though it sold almost as many as the next nine games combined. I thought there was a million pre-order for this game? It's also weird the only other Wii game on the top 10 is Wii Sports. So once you finish Mario, I don't see what else is there compelling enough to play for months.

djt23
djt23

i need to buy this game

stanley2011
stanley2011

metc123 )) ..........Want my turn at the Galaxy......... gamespot 9.5 gametrailers 9.8!!!!!! gameplay 10!!!!!! http://www.gametrailers.com/player/27584.html((( Ya, you forgot one of the best websites ever IGN gave it a 9.7. This is going to be an awesome year for nintendo:D:D

gordanfreeman53
gordanfreeman53

what is it that Japanese have with Mario? I mean I really like some of the Mario game but I don't go crazy over them

Petri87
Petri87

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tastycasey27
tastycasey27

how boring is it getting tha people keep bringing halo3 up in all threads, get over it that games come and gone yes it sold verry well but its not the only game out there. SMG has sold quite alot in 4 days really and it wasnt advertised to death either, the game looks great.

ctg867
ctg867

*coughHalo3cough*

Sneasal1
Sneasal1

I love mario not as good as pokemon though but this will be awesome

Agelu
Agelu

New week. More Nintendo domination.

Reetesh
Reetesh

Wow! thats maaannny ! and its cool :D

reactionsok
reactionsok

one of my favorite games of all time. go mario!

Erebus
Erebus

Alas, I am another victim of the "street date" blues. :p

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

Mario Galaxy is gonna be a top seller this gen and might sell more than Mario 64 did. Mario is huge in Japan and so is Nintendo.

6h05tly
6h05tly

What Nintendo lacked in the delay of Brawl they made up for in the arrival of Mario Galaxy. I'm very impressed with the sales and the superb reviews and ratings I've seen so far. I MUST OWN THE GAME NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (starts to add it in his X-mas list) :lol:

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

@ps360owner. don't hate the japanese because they like games that require the use of brains. you know, that thing inside your head.

GatsuBlackSword
GatsuBlackSword

251,000 Units is kinda weak don't you think? But who knows maybe if it sells that you know times maybe 7 or 8 in japan that would make sense? But I can't wait for this game I feel as If I will die with out it!

smeghead83
smeghead83

Cant wait for Mario Galaxy... 14th November here in the UK :D

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

I must say I was a little skeptical about Mario Galaxy, but now I absolutely must have it.

DrCLos
DrCLos

Can't wait for Mario Galaxy. It looks so amazing :D

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Super Mario Galaxy is just out of this world.

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

"While the Xbox 360 continues to struggle in Japan". Right on the fact! I am urging Micro$oft to release a handheld to get into the arena, if they can sell in Japan, I will be the surprise of the century.

ibanezdropd
ibanezdropd

my roomate got a wii a couple weeks ago.... im psyched

soulchild1906
soulchild1906

I clearly pre-bought Mario Galaxy already......YESSSSS!!

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soulchild1906

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Warfust
Warfust

Wow, no Sony love this week at all.

GawNawRaw
GawNawRaw

SMG will own. Now all we need is SSBB.

gamer082009
gamer082009

It'd be nice if I could get a Wii at the normal $250 price tag but I can't find one anywhere. All I see is stupid bundles on ebgames.com so now im gonna miss out on this great game.

jazziey
jazziey

Go the Wii! I Can't wait for Mario Galaxy when it comes out in AUS!

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

Merl57 "well 250k isnt bad but its not as good as it should be from what this game got reviewed come on America lets beat it! BUY IT!" 250,000 in 4 days on the japanese market is great! Keep in mind that they have a much smaller market, and again, that's 4 day sales. My question is, what will the one month sales be? 1.5 million? 2? More?

HALOISTHEBEST26
HALOISTHEBEST26

Thats great for wii fans but AC 6 sold a lot for Japan because there arent that many 360's sold there