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Wii Sports Resort, Wii Motion Plus Post Impressive Results -- Media Create

Strong sales for game and peripheral fail to boost system sales.


Wii Sports Resort made its expected debut at the top of Media Create's sales charts this week, outselling all other entries in the top ten combined. However, the strong sales failed to boost Wii hardware significantly over the previous week.

Nintendo devoted its entire booth at the recent World Hobby Fair to promoting Wii Sports Resort.

The Wii Motion Plus enabled successor to the Wii launch title sold 360,000 units in its first week. As reported by Enterbrain earlier in the week, this is the third best start for a Wii game, behind Smash Bros. X (820,000 units) and Mario Kart Wii (594,000).

Resort sold twice as many units in its first week as its predecessor, which managed 176,000 units and just a 43.17% sell through, although it should be noted that that game's sales were likely constrained by Wii system shortages. Resort managed an 84.98% sell through, which is close to a sellout.

This week had a large number of core gamer titles debuting in the top ten. Atelier Rorona (Gust, PS3) took third with 43,243 units, besting Ken to Mahou to Gakuen Mono. 2 (Acquire, PSP) in fourth with 38,614 units. The PS3 version of BlazBlue (Arc System Works) took fifth with 33,768 units, besting the Xbox 360 version's sixth place finish with 24,812 units. Agarest Senki Zero (Compile Hearts, PS3) debuted in eighth with 14,466 units.

Here's the full top 10 for June 22 to June 28.

  • 1. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii): 360,000
  • 2. Friend Collection (Nintendo, DS): 72,000 (174,000)
  • 3. Atellier Rorona (Gust, PS3): 43,000
  • 4. Ken to Mahou to Gakuen Mono 2 (Acquire, PSP): 39,000
  • 5. BlazBlue (Arc System Works, PS3): 34,000
  • 6. BlazBlue (Arc System Works, X360): 25,000
  • 7. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (Square Enix, DS): 22,000 (479,000)
  • 8. Agarest Senki Zero (Compile Hearts, PS3): 15,000
  • 9. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G PSP the Best (Capcom, PSP): 13,000 (762,000)
  • 10. Sloane and MacHale's Mysteries (Level-5, DS): 13,000 (156,000)

The week was packed with new releases, many of which did not make the cut for the top ten:

  • 11: Valhalla Knights 2 Battle Stance (Marvelous Entertainment, PSP)
  • 15: Below it was Really? Really! Rialia DS (Kadokawa Shoten, DS)
  • 18: Kono Aozora ni Yakusoku wo (TGL, PSP)
  • 19: Mamoru-kun ha Nowareteshimatta! (G.rev, X360)
  • 20: Wind of Fortune (Idea Factory, PS2)
  • 22: Time Leap (Prototype, X360)
  • 26: Bionic Commando (Capcom, PS3)
  • 30: Wanted: Weapons of Fate (Spike, PS3)
  • 31: Bionic Commando (Capcom, X360)
  • 35: Under the Moon Crescent (Dimple, PS2)
  • 49: Memories Off After Rain (5pb., PSP)
  • 50: Fushigi Yugi DS (Idea Factory, DS)

Wii Sports Resort caused somewhat of a hardware rush for Nintendo. Wiimotes went up from 13,000 the week prior to 30,000 units over the current week. Nunchucks went up from 8,000 to 27,000.

While Nintendo bundled a Wii Motion Plus device with every copy of Wii Sports Resort, players still scooped up extra units. Nintendo sold 296,000 standalone Mii Motion Plus devices. With no other Wii Motion Plus compatible games out until this week, it's presumable that players were picking up the extra peripheral for multiplayer. The peripheral is required for playing Wii Sports Resort.

The only exception to the hardware boost was the Wii itself, which saw only a modest rise of 2,000 units over the prior week. This is an indication that rather than drawing in new players to Wii, Wii Sports Resort is selling to current players.

Here's the full hardware chart for the week:

  • DSi: 39,885 (40,464)
  • PSP : 26,789 (27,884)
  • Wii: 21,790 (19,386)
  • PS3: 11,310 (10,359)
  • Xbox 360: 5,766 (6,734)
  • DS Lite: 5,595 (5,531)
  • PS2 : 3,578 (3,770)

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