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Mario & Zelda Top Year End Sales Charts

Plus, see if you can predict sales for Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep!

Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. Wii ad campaign included large billboard ads in train stations showing older Mario titles.

Nintendo took over the sales charts in the last full week of 2009. Media Create issued a flash sales report just before the new year, showing New Super Mario Bros. Wii making a dramatic return to the top and Zelda Spirit Tracks debuting in second.

For the week covering December 21 through December 27, New Super Mario Bros. Wii sold 506,000 units, bringing its total to 2.44 million. Zelda, released on the 23rd, sold 291,000 in its first week.

Final Fantasy XIII placed fourth in its second week. Its sales fell to 189,000 units, bringing its total to 1,690,000.

The rest of the top 10 was mostly older, long selling titles, including Friend Collection, Pokemon Heart Gold & Soul Silver, Inazuma eleven 2, WiiFit Plus, and Professor Layton and the Demon's Flute.

Here's the full top 10 list, as printed at Inside Games:

  • 1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo, Wii): 506,000 (2,440,000)
  • 2. Zelda Spirit Tracks (Nintendo, DS): 291,000
  • 3. Friend Collection (Nintendo, DS): 227,000 (2,317,000)
  • 4. Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, PS3): 189,000 (1,690,000)
  • 5. Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver (Nintendo, DS): 125,000 (3,465,000)
  • 6. WiiFit Plus (Nintendo, Wii): 114,000 (1,315,000)
  • 7. Inazuma Eleven 2 (Level-5, DS): 99,000 (908,000)
  • 8. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii): 72,000 (1,568,000)
  • 9. Taiko Drum Master Wii 2 (Namco Bandai, Wii): 64,000 (200,000)
  • 10. Professor Layton and the Demon's Flute (Level-5, DS): 64,000 (559,000)

The week after the above, covering the 27th through the 2nd, saw no new retail releases. This week will more than make up for that with the Saturday release of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep.

In anticipation of Birth by Sleep's release, the Sinobi retailer blog has posted domestic sales data for past entries in the Kingdom Hearts series for comparison purposes. All figures below include budget versions

  • Kingdom Hearts (PS2, 3/2002): 920,000
  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix (PS2, 12/2002): 500,000
  • Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories (GBA, 11/2004): 390,000
  • Kingdom Hearts II (PS2, 12/2005): 1,120,000)
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix + (PS2, 3/2007): 270,000
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS, 5/2009): 520,000

The portable Kingdom Hearts games appear to sell lower than the console entries. But with its positioning as the true sequel (or prequel, rather) to II, and given the platinum level performance of Square Enix's other major PSP titles like Dissidia and Crisis Core, Birth By Sleep could break this trend.

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