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Mario Kart Reclaims the Top Sales Spot

3DS and Mario dominate year-end chart, beating newcomer Musou Orochi 2.

 
Musou Orochi 2, the latest entry in the series that's known internationally as Warriors Orochi 2, has cameo appearances from characters like Ryu Hayabusa (Ninja Gaiden) and Ayane (Dead or Alive).

Nintendo tends to dominate the weekly sales charts as the end of the year approaches, and this year appears to be no different. Top selling 3DS games like Mario Kart and Mario Land pulled major numbers this past week, beating major newcomers like Musou Orochi 2 and SD Gundam G Generation.

Mario Kart 7 was the top seller for the week, with 260,836 units taking its life total above the million mark. Mario Land 3D placed third, with 174,566 units taking it above the million mark. Monster Hunter 3G placed fourth with 155,069 units taking it to 885,456 units total. Monster Hunter has already crossed the million mark in shipments.

PS3's Musou Orochi 2 was the top selling new release for the week, pulling 200,526 units. This is far higher than Musou Orochi Z, which debuted with 112,283 units in March 2009 (see this story). The Xbox 360 version of Orochi did not place in the top 20.

Other newcomers this week included SD Gundam G Generation 3D on 3DS with 90,873 units, Inazuma Eleven Strikers 2012 Extreme on Wii with 85,117 units, Mahou Shojo Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable The Gears of Destiny on PSP with 57,320 units.

The dubbed version of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 on PS3 made it in with 51,156 units. The subtitled version, released in November, sold over 200,000 units across the PS3 and Xbox 360 in its first week (see this story for details).

No PlayStation Vita games made it into the top 20 this week. There were no new releases for the system following its launch rush on the 17th.

Nintendo was dominant across the full top 20, with non-Nintendo platforms taking only four spots. Here's the full chart covering December 19 through December 25. Life to date sales and release date are in parentheses.

  • [3DS] 01. Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01) 260,836 (1,050,706)
  • [PS3] 02. Musou Orochi Z (Tecmo Koei, 12/22) 200,526
  • [3DS] 03. Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 11/03) 174,566 (1,011,709)
  • [3DS] 04. Monster Hunter 3G (Capcom, 12/10) 155,069 (885,456)
  • [PS3] 05. Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Square Enix, 12/15) 118,816 (643,033)
  • [WII] 06. Hoshi no Kirby Wii (Nintendo, 10/27) 114,545 (513,061)
  • [WII] 07. Just Dance Wii (Nintendo, 10/13) 96,771 (420,064)
  • [3DS] 08. SD Gundam G Generation 3D (Namco Bandai, 12/22) 90,873
  • [3DS] 09. Inazuma Eleven Go (Level-5, 12/15) 86,026 (221,285)
  • [WII] 10. Inazuma Eleven Strikers 2012 Extreme (Level-5, 12/22) 85,117
  • [WII] 11. Wii Party (Nintendo, 07/08/2010) 71,461 (2,200,697)
  • [PSP] 12. Mahou Shojo Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable The Gears of Destiny (Namco Bandai, 12/22) 57,320
  • [WII] 13. Poke Park 2 (Pokemon, 11/12) 55,344 (219,362)
  • [WII] 14. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Ultimate Edition (Namco Bandai, 11/23) 55,256 (155,539)
  • [WII] 15. Mario & Sonic at London Olympics (Nintendo, 12/08) 52,611 (117,185)
  • [PS3] 16. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Dubbed Version (Square Enix, 12/22) 51,156
  • [NDS] 17. Magician's Quest: The Merchant's Store of Sorcery (Konami, 12/11) 50,074 (131,184)
  • [NDS] 18. One Piece Gigant Battle! 2 (Namco Bandai, 11/17) 49,921 (257,379)
  • [WII] 19. Wii Sports Rest Wiimote Plus Pack (Nintendo, 11/11/2012) 48,929 (782,975)
  • [WII] 20. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, 04/20/2008) 43,752 (3,428,903)

For this week's hardware chart, see this story.

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