Super Mario 64 tops DS charts in Japan

Sales through Feb 6 see first-party titles crowding the top slots; tie ratio underwhelming.

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TOKYO--The latest issue of Nintendo Dream released the most recent sales figures for DS titles, and it was a dream for Nintendo as many of its titles dominated the charts. Super Mario 64 is the best-selling game on the Nintendo DS in Japan, according to the magazine, followed very closely by WarioWare! Touched in second place, and Pokemon Dash lagging behind in third place.

The top five games out of the 16 titles released before February 6 when the magazine compiled its figures, were games by Nintendo. (Yoshi's Touch and Go is noticeably absent, as that title hit retailers only two weeks before the tally was taken.)

According to the magazine's research, 2.36 million DS games were sold through February 6. As the new handheld has already sold over 1.77 million units in this market, according to research group Media Create, the tie ratio (number of games bought relative to number of users) is a paltry 1.3 games.

The full DS game sales ranking is as follows.

1. Super Mario 64 DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Release date: 12/02/04
Sales through Feb 6: 651,103 units

2. Sawaru Made in Wario
Nintendo
12/02/04
642,271

3. Pokemon Dash
Nintendo
12/02/04
302,727

4. Daigassou! Band Brothers
Nintendo
12/02/04
148,774

5. Chokkan Hitofude
Nintendo
12/02/04
96,681

6. Kimi no Tame Nara Shineru
Sega
12/02/04
92,003

7. Catch! Touch! Yoshi!
Nintendo
01/27/05
91,070

8. Kenshuui Tendo Dokuta
Spike
12/02/04
70,378

9. Puyo Puyo Fever
Sega
12/02/04
69,038

10. Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits
Namco
12/02/04
44,013

11. Zoo Keeper
Success
12/02/04
38,230

12. Tennis no Oujisama: 2005 Crystal Drive
Konami
12/30/04
35,674

13. Mahjong Taikai
Koei
12/02/04
29,763

14. The Urbs: Sims in the City
EA
01/06/04
21,872

15. Spider-Man 2
Taito
12/02/04
17,898

16. Cool 104 Joker and Setline
Aruze
12/02/04
8,309

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