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Nintendo Grabs Lots of Coins in Japanese Charts

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

1-ups for everyone

Japan is currently enjoying its summer break, which often represents a peak shopping period and, hopefully, plenty of Yen for gaming companies. The chart results for last week have come out rather well for Nintendo, continuing a positive spell of sales for the Kyoto-based company.

In terms of software, the entire top ten consists of games on Nintendo systems. Pokémon Black and White 2 is still selling well, Dragon Quest X has passed 500,000 sales, while
New Super Mario Bros. 2 finished top and gets ever closer to one million sales in its homeland.

[3DS] 01. New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, 07.28.2012): 152,026 (942,758)
[NDS] 02. Pokemon Black & White 2 (Pokemon, 06.23.2012): 55,787 (2,631,683)
[WII] 03. Dragon Quest X (Square Enix, 08.02.2012): 45,470 (536,133)
[WII] 04. Just Dance Wii 2 (Nintendo, 07.26.2012): 24,723 (137,981)
[3DS] 05. Demon Training (Nintendo, 07.28.2012): 21,286 (119,374)
[3DS] 06. Taiko Drum Master Chibi Dragon and the Mysterious Orb (Namco Bandai, 07.12.2012): 21,215 (171,991)
[3DS] 07. Run For Money: Flee From the Strongest Hunters in History (Namco Bandai, 07.05.2012): 16,813 (92,056)
[WII] 08. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, 06.25.2009): 13,088 (2,971,249)
[3DS] 09. Kobito Zukan Kobito Kansatsu Set (Columbia, 07.26.2012): 12,483 (62,063)
[WII] 10. Kirby 20th Anniversary Special Collection (Nintendo, 07.19.2012): 12,245 (171,726)

The hardware chart tells a similar story as in recent times, with 3DS comfortably outselling all other systems combined. This is even more helpful for Nintendo now that the system is no longer sold at a loss; last week's sales are in parenthesis.

Nintendo 3DS: 107,140 (108,897)
PlayStation 3: 19,202 (13,740)
Wii: 14,805 (15,916)
PlayStation Portable: 14,051 (12,208)
PlayStation Vita: 11,082 (8,805)
Xbox 360: 632 (517)
PlayStation 2: 627 (445)
Nintendo DSi: 410 (344)

Good results for Nintendo in the holiday week; success is currently coming relatively easily in the Land of the Rising Sun.


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User Comments (21)



19Robb92 said:

Wow.. Only Nintendo games in the entire top ten. That's pretty neat. Great to see NSMB2 getting love, it's a fantastic game.



Hokori said:

Wow nothing Sony related on the top 10, to me Sony is Nintendos only rival



XCWarrior said:

Wow haven't seen a Nintendo dominated top 10 like that in awhile. Be nice to have Pokemon and Dragon Quest and Monster Hunter over here in the US.



OorWullie said:

@Thomas Bamco Nandai?Thats funny.I know that wasn't you that made that typo though,or was it?I'm not 1 to pick up on typos but this 1's funny.



buzzn said:

Japan has good taste, now all we need is less FPS's dominating our charts in the US and UK



ThomasBW84 said:

@wiiwii Whoops, thanks for the heads up. It may not have been me that made the typo, but I should have spotted it and fixed it nevertheless!



MrWezzle said:

And people are calling for this company to start making $1.99 games for iPhones? Seriously, nobody does what Nintendoes. This is a beautiful example of that.



EdEN said:

Actually, NSMB 2 is already over 1 million copies sold in Japan when we add the digital sales.



RupeeClock said:

Dragon Quest X has only sold half a million in 20 days?
Oh dear, the heads at Square Enix must be shaking their...heads.



Tomires said:

@buzzn Are you targetting Sleeping Dogs? It's a really good game, you know. Much better than NSMB2 in my opinion. And come to think of it, I don't think GTA 5 will manage to surpass it either.



19Robb92 said:

For an MMO, maybe. For the next iteration in the DQ franchise, absolutely not.

I remember Dragon Quest 9 selling more than 2 million in two days in Japan when it launched. Number 10 selling half a million in twenty days is quite underwhelming compared to that.

But then again, a lot of people might be waiting for the WiiU version.



MrWalkieTalkie said:

I feel like if I were to move to Japan I'd be surrounded by people like me, unlike here on Long Island where everyone is crazy for the next Call of Duty or whatever. I couldnt care less for those games.



ajcismo said:

I don't remember the last time they owned the top 10 in their own country. They could do that in the other regions if they would put out software at the pace they do in Japan.



MAB said:

That dude, what's his name? the one that always says Nintendo is doomed would be well and truly into a bottle of Jack Daniels sitting in a dark corner thinking about his future by now

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