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3DS Sees Super Mario Sales Surge

System tops Media Create's hardware and software charts.

 
Mario Land is the first of a series of major year-end software releases for 3DS.

3DS topped Media Create's hardware chart this week, as it has consistently done since its price drop, but the big story was Super Mario 3D Land, which finally gave the system some representation in the software chart.

Mario's first 3DS adventure sold 343,492 units, putting it in first place for the week. It appears to have caused a spike in 3DS hardware sales, with the system selling 145,271 units this week.

The 343,492 unit total is almost triple the total amount of software the system sold in all of October. Last month, Enterbrain's sales stats showed the system's hardware outselling software two to one (see this story). It was widely believed that many were upgrading their DS systems in anticipation of major year-end releases like Mario Land, Mario Kart and Monster Hunter.

The week was packed with new releases. Trailing Mario were two western PS3 titles, Uncharted 3 and Battlefield 3. These sold over 120,000 units each. Sony gave Uncharted a big marketing push, with a series of commercials featuring Harrison Ford. Uncharted 2 debuted in October of 2009 with 54,000 units in its first week.

Other newcomers in the top 20 this week included Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 and various versions of Winning Eleven. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Winning Eleven were released last month.

Here's the top 20 software chart for October 31 through November 6. Publisher, release date and life-to-date sales are in parentheses.

  • 01. [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 11/03): 343,492
  • 02. [PS3] Uncharted 3 (Sony, 11/02): 124,989
  • 03. [PS3] Battlefield 3 (EA, 11/02): 123,379
  • 04. [PSP] Final Fantasy Type-0 (EA, 10/27): 122,286 (594,540)
  • 05. [WII] Kirby Wii (Nintendo, 10/27): 55,779 (192,589)
  • 06. [PSP] Winning Eleven 2012 (Konami, 11/03): 45,437
  • 07. [3DS] Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 (Square Enix, 11/03): 38,859
  • 08. [360] Battlefield 3 (EA, 11/02): 27,723
  • 09. [WII] Just Dance Wii (Nintendo, 10/13): 25,665 (189,116)
  • 10. [WII] Go Vacation (Namco Bandai, 10/20): 16,995 (89,463)
  • 11. [WII] Winning Eleven Play Maker 2012 (Konami, 11/03): 14,117
  • 12. [WII] Wii Sports Resort Wiiplus Pack (Nintendo, 11/11): 12,570 (638,091)
  • 13. [PS3] Idolmaster 2 (Namco Bandai, 10/27): 10,721 (76,233)
  • 14. [PS3] Winning Eleven 2012 (Konami, 10/06): 10,636 (381,156)
  • 15. [PS2] Winning Eleven 2012 (Konami, 11/03): 9,786
  • 16. [PSP] AKB1/48 If I Loved an Idol in Guam (Namco Bandai, 10/06): 8,883 (310,625)
  • 17. [WII] Minna no Rhythm Heaven (Nintendo, 07/21): 8,581 (535,523)
  • 18. [PS3] Macross F Sayonara no Tsubasa Hybrid Pack (Namco Bandai, 10/20): 8,352 (167,700)
  • 19. [PSP] Naruto Narutimate Impact (Namco Bandai, 10/20): 7,144 (72,374)
  • 20. [3DS] Model Fashion Audition 2 (Alchemist, 11/03): 6,643

Here's the hardware chart for the same period, with last week's sales in parentheses.

  • 1. 3DS: 145,271 (65,041)
  • 2. PSP: 27,952 (30,605)
  • 3. PS3: 26,966 (25,217)
  • 4. Wii: 11,725 (11,784)
  • 5. DSi LL: 2,041 (2,009)
  • 6. X360: 1,699 (1,704)
  • 7. PS2: 1,457 (1,228)
  • 8. DSi: 1,057 (1,061)
  • 9. DS Lite: 33 (55)

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