NINTENDOMINATION: Media Create Sales: 12/08 - 12/14 (Software)


Japan - Nintendomination. That would be the word for what Nintendo has done to the Media Create software charts this week; every title in the top ten is on a Nintendo platform and seven of them are published by Nintendo/Pokemon.

It gets better (or worse if you're not working Nintendo systems right now). Seven of the top ten titles have sold more than half a million units, and four of those have already sold more than a million!

Just looking at the LTDs for the top ten this week is a mind-boggling affair: it represents over 10.4 MILLION units of software sold on Nintendo platforms, and all of them games that have been out for a year or less. That is staggering.

01. [WII] Taiko no Tatsujin Wii (Namco Bandai) 105,900 / NEW
02. [WII] Animal Crossing: City Folk (Nintendo) 97,700 / 587,000
03. [NDS] Hoshi no Kirby: Ultra Super Deluxe (Nintendo) 94,500 / 629,400
04. [NDS] Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode (Nintendo) 63,100 / 341,700
05. [NDS] Penguin no Mondai: Saikyou Penguin Densetsu! (Konami) 59,000 / NEW
06. [NDS] Professor Layton and the Last Time Travel (Level 5) 57,600 / 492,000
07. [NDS] Pokémon Platinum (Pokémon) 57,500 / 2,066,300
08. [NDS] Rhythm Tengoku Gold (Nintendo) 45,200 / 1,289,400
09. [WII] Wii Fit (Nintendo) 43,000 / 2,916,900
10. [WII] Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo) 34,300 / 1,938,400

11. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami)
12. [PS2] Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World (Namco Bandai)
13. [NDS] Tamagotchi Star School (Namco Bandai)
14. [WII] Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat Wii (Nintendo)
15. [NDS] Chrono Trigger DS (Square Enix)
16. [WII] Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes (Capcom) 24,100 / NEW
17. [PS3] Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Spec III (SCE)
18. [NDS] Tongariboushi and the 365 Days of Magic (Konami)
19. [PSP] Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP the Best) (Capcom)
20. [NDS] Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo)
21. [WII] Wii Sports (Nintendo)
22. [PSP] Musou Orochi: Maou Sairin (KOEI)
23. [PSP] Kenka Banchou 3: Zenkoku Seiha (Spike)
24. [WII] Wii Music (Nintendo)
25. [PSP] Gundam vs. Gundam (Namco Bandai)
26. [WII] 428: Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de (SEGA)
27. [WII] Wii Play (Nintendo)
28. [NDS] Mario Kart DS (Nintendo)
29. [NDS] Inazuma Eleven (Level 5)
30. [NDS] Taiko Drum Master 2: The Seven Island Adventure (Namco Bandai)

Notes and questions for consumption:
1. Pokemon Platinum recently crossed 2 million.

2. Wii Fit is quickly closing in on 3 million sold.

3. Rhythm Tengoku Gold has not-so-quietly been one of the best selling games this year. Interesting counterpoint to Wii Music.

4. Professor Layton and the Last Time Travel will certainly pass 500k next week. Third in the series and almost guaranteed to get yet another sequel. If you were Level 5, would you attempt this formula on a different system like the Wii?

5. Wagamama Fashion looks like the next in line of offbeat hits for Nintendo. Between this and their other titles targeted towards the fairer sex, is there any question who owns that mindshare?

Famitsu Charts:

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*please note that Famitsu charts are based on data one week older than this week's Media Create data, but for visual purposes function exactly the same.*



Anonymous said...

I seem to notice that the Media Create and Famitsu/Enterbrain charts are different to where in the Famitsu chart, #10 is "Dragon Ball Z - Infinite World" (PS2), and "Professor Layton and the Final Time Travel" and "Wagamama Fashion Girl's Mode" switched places. It was not a complete Nintendomination in the Famitsu chart because of a PS2 game at #10. Which sales chart is accurate?

PL said...

They're both accurate. They track different stores and have slightly different extrapolation methods. The key is to compare like sales to like sales.

Getting hung up on whether Nintendo took 10 of 10 or 9 of 10 is slightly missing the point.

Anonymous said...

PL, the LTDS for Pokemon is outdated, as the sales of Pokemon Platium is now over two million.

JJS said...

He's using the latest official and to-the-ones-digit Famitsu software data, which as of my writing this only goes up to the week starting November 24 and matches the total in his image.

Anonymous said...

For a game created for girls and young women in a market that traditionally caters to young males, Wagamama Fashion Girl's Mode has some legs. If its sales continue to be strong, it would be a matter of time that the game will reach the 500,000 sales mark. It would be unprecedented if this happens.

PL said...

What about Nintendogs? That's a fairly large precedent.

Anonymous said...

PL, the actual figures (not rounded figures) are now available on Media Create's web site.

01. [WII] Taiko no Tatsujin Wii (Namco Bandai) 105,941 / NEW
02. [WII] Animal Crossing: City Folk (Nintendo) 97,677 / 587,000
03. [NDS] Hoshi no Kirby: Ultra Super Deluxe (Nintendo) 94,485 / 629,400
04. [NDS] Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode (Nintendo) 63,055 / 341,700
05. [NDS] Penguin no Mondai: Saikyou Penguin Densetsu! (Konami) 58,986 / NEW
06. [NDS] Professor Layton and the Last Time Travel (Level 5) 57,600 / 492,000
07. [NDS] Pokémon Platinum (Pokémon) 57,510 / 2,066,300
08. [NDS] Rhythm Tengoku Gold (Nintendo) 45,244 / 1,289,400
09. [WII] Wii Fit (Nintendo) 43,015 / 2,916,900
10. [WII] Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo) 34,339 / 1,938,400

Anonymous said...

"For a game created for girls and young women in a market that traditionally caters to young males, Wagamama Fashion Girl's Mode has some legs. If its sales continue to be strong, it would be a matter of time that the game will reach the 500,000 sales mark. It would be unprecedented if this happens."

Ummm, no, such sales are not unprecedented... Currently Girls Mode has nearly reached 800,000 units, and will very probably surpass a million unit in a few months.

Another DS game called Love & Berry sold 1 million copies back in 2006! And Love & Berry is (was) a popular franchise of arcade games targeted only to very little girls, so it had little appeal outside of the primary school set and younger, while Girls Mode has appeal to older females. And lets not forget that the best selling video game series ever (The Sims) while not being aimed specifically at females, at least 60% of players are females.

Since the series has moved a 100 millions copies, I think it's safe to say at least 60 millions were due to females.

And judging from the onslaught of imagine games from Ubisoft, they must sell well. The only exception is its hard to find sale numbers for outside Japan.

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