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Big in Japan Oct. 18-24: Super Mario All-Stars

10/29/2010 Big in Japan Oct. 18-24: Super Mario All-Stars

Portly plumber 'S 25-year anniversary compilation dethrones Pokemon as the Vanquish, the Medal of Honor, a new storm releases Japanese sales charts.

 

After five straight weeks atop Media Create's Japanese game sales charts, Pokemon Black and White were finally bested during the October 18-24 period. Fans of the pocket monster hunting franchise can take some solace in the knowledge that it took a budget-priced release celebrating the 25th anniversary of an even bigger Nintendo icon to push Pokemon down the podium.

Traditionally, the 25-anniversary gift is silver.

Release the Wii in Super Mario All-Stars sold 307,755 copies in its debut week to take first place in the charts. Anniversary package includes all four Super Mario games from NES (including most other American and Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2), as well as retrospective booklet and a CD soundtrack. The game retails for 2500 ($ 31) in Japan and will launch in North America for $ 30 on Dec. 12.

Another three new releases took up residence in the back half of the top 10, starting with Electronic Arts' Medal of Honor. The modern-day Afghanistan-set shooter came in sixth place with 25,265 sold, and the publisher scored another new game on the charts with FIFA Soccer 11's ninth-place finish (18,995 sold).

The PlayStation Move motion-sensing controller was also released during the week, though it managed to place only one game in the top 10. The audio-driven art game Beat Sketcher finished in eighth place with 22,165 copies sold. Time Crisis: Razing Storm, the Resident Evil 5 Move Edition bundle, and Sports Champions also managed to make it into the top 20.

On the hardware chart, sales were down across the board. The consoles and handhelds finished in the same order as they did the previous week, with the PSP and PlayStation 3 on top, followed by Nintendo's DS family and Wii. After several weeks of relatively high sales, the PSP Go also saw its sales backslide for the week, as it dipped below 1,000 units sold after two weeks above that threshold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF OCTOBER 18-24, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / sales
1. Super Mario All-Stars / Nintendo / Wii / 307,755
2. Pokemon Black and White / Pokemon Company / DS / 81,915
3. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 63675
4. Vanquish / Sega / PS3 / 48,318
5. Kirby's Epic Yarn / Nintendo / Wii / 35,633
6. Medal of Honor / Electronic Arts / PS3 / 25,365
7. Lord of Arcana / Square Enix / PSP / 24,939
8. Beat Sketcher / Sony Computer Entertainment / PS3 / 22,165
9. FIFA Soccer 11 / Electronic Arts / PS3 / 18,995

Hardware:
PSP - 32,591
PS3 - 20,128
DSi LL - 15,819
DSi - 14703
Wii - 11,971
DS Lite - 3887
Xbox 360 - 2162
PS2 - 1222
PSP Go - 924

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"Big in Japan Oct. 18-24: Super Mario All-Stars" was posted by Brendan Sinclair on Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:00:28 -0700



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