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Nintendo Shows Who's Boss of the August Sales Chart

Posted by Trevor Chan

It's them, taking ten of the top U.S. spots

The month of July saw Nintendo dominating the U.S. sales charts, shifting more machines than its competition and moving over 192,000 happy homes for copies of Super Mario Galaxy 2. Additionally, nearly 142,000 copies of Lego Harry Potter: Years 1 to 4 were sold, making it the top-selling handheld title. So how was the month of August?

Once again, Mario's latest adventure failed to take the top spot but has climbed from fourth to third, shifting nearly 125,000 copies and losing out to Madden NFL 11 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. But even though the giant sports franchise took first and second place comfortably with roughly 900,000 copies sold on both of these consoles, that didn't stop Nintendo dominating the sales chart once again to compensate for the Wii's version of Madden NFL 11 not making an appearance in the top 20.

Half of the chart is comprised of games on Nintendo platforms, eight of which were published by Nintendo. New Super Mario Bros. is making a bit of a comeback, shifting roughly 110,000 copies and making it the top-selling handheld title of the month. Conversely, after an encouraging start for Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies the RPG has dropped down to eighteenth.

With the recent release of Metroid: Other M, it will be interesting to see if its promising start will hold up for the month of September and beyond. Will you be getting Samus's latest adventure or has another title grabbed your attention?

Figures provided by NPD.

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User Comments (29)

MasterGraveheart

#2

MasterGraveheart said:

I'll never understand the fascenation with Madden... but I am proud to say I'm an owner of Metroid Other M, in spite of my criticisms about Samus' portrayal. Gameplay > Story any day.

danschemen

#3

danschemen said:

it's cool thats there is twice as much nintendo games up there then xbox 360 and ps3 combined :)

Mahe

#4

Mahe said:

Spin, spin, spin that all around. Nintendo could be doing better if they had Wii Sports 3 and if games like Excitebots had received better support. What Nintendo did with Excitebots was criminal, they just sent it out to die.

Kaeobais

#5

Kaeobais said:

It's a team effort. As Mr. Sloan always says, there is no "I" in team, but there is an "I" in pie. And there's an "I" in meat pie. Anagram of meat is team... I don't know what he's talking about.

KeeperBvK

#7

KeeperBvK said:

"and moving over 192,000 happy homes for copies of Super Mario Galaxy 2."

Where does this number come from, when it says that the game sold nearly 125k units both in the next paragraph and on the chart?

WiiLovePeace

#8

WiiLovePeace said:

@7. That was the sales figure for July. (the 192k one) The other sales figure is the sales figure for August.

LuWiiGi

#11

LuWiiGi said:

@zkaplan The pie was the reason I clicked on the link. :P Interesting figures, glad to see NSMB DS doing well, it's a quality game. I still wish MW2 wasn't doing so well, though.

manleycartoonist

#13

manleycartoonist said:

Who's buying Wipeout? Really, I can't sit through 5 minutes of the TV show! I couldn't imagine the game holding 10 seconds of my attention.

Tate24

#14

Tate24 said:

So many games so little money:(

id getting metroid other M & maybe trackmania & spiderman...

The_Fox

#16

The_Fox said:

Mmmmm.....Pie!

Apple is the king of pies, for those of you who didn't know.

Odnetnin

#17

Odnetnin said:

Wow, Other M isn't even in the top 20? Happy to say I bought it even though I still haven't played it. :P

dings

#18

dings said:

Is there not a new Madden on the Wii or is it just not as popular?

The_Fox

#19

The_Fox said:

@dings
There is a new Madden on the Wii but it's not the same as it's big brothers. I doubt many people will care about it.

LittleIrves

#20

LittleIrves said:

@Odnetnin:
Metroid was released on the last day of August, so it's not surprising it didn't crack the list. Will be interesting to see how it fares in September, especially with the other big-hitters coming out.
And I've also bought Other M but have yet to play it. I almost like the anticipation of waiting to play a new game better sometimes... when you finally crack it open, some of that "excitement for the unknown" goes away. Totally illogical, I know. Soon, Samus, soon....

LittleIrves

#21

LittleIrves said:

Also: Man, how crazy is it that a 4-year old DS game (New SMB) beats out both Modern Warfare 2 and Red Dead Redemption? And that Wii Fit Plus and both Mario Karts are still on this list while so many other AAA-titles have stopped selling? Madness.

Zach

#24

Zach said:

@JumpMad Actually, that refers to the adaptation of the TV show WipeOut, which details the misadventures of people as they fall off of an obstacle course.

SuperMarioFan96

#25

SuperMarioFan96 said:

@Odnetnin Not only was M:OM not released until the last day of August (as has been said) but NPD does not usually run their charts from first day of month to last day of month. I believe that March, June, September, and December are the only months where the end date goes past the end of the month, all the other months end before the actual end of the month. So NONE of Metroid's sales figures are actually accounted for in here.

Kaeobais

#26

Kaeobais said:

I like Wipeout the show, but only because I like obstacle courses and people failing at them. The announcers are annoying :/ Anyways, I imagine the game is probably absolute crap.

Tops

#28

Tops said:

@26 I played Wipeout at my cousins and it is crap. It looks terrible, the controls are terrible, and guess what? Yup, the announcers are as annoying as ever.

PSICOffee

#29

PSICOffee said:

I find it interesting SoulSilver is on there but not HeartGold. I guarantee the reason why is because kids these days look at the two covers at see some ice dragon compared to a rainbow bird. Which one do you think is the macho cool one? Kids today are even more homophobic than ever and want to always be cool so they take SoulSilver. Which is funny because when the games originally came out it was the other way around and everyone played Gold more than Silver that I know. It's kinda like how in the original series of Pokemon, the Red version outsold the Blue version, for similar reasons that the red one looks cooler with Charizard on it.

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