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Smash Bros. Leads Nintendo Wii to Victory in Japan

Update - The Top 50 Media Create software sales have now been released, showing that Nintendo was indeed able to ship out far more copies of Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii than most expected, as the game has sold through a whopping 95% of its stock to sell around 820,000 copies in its first week on sale in Japan. On the hardware side, even though Wii takes the top, the boost is lower than some may have thought, plus the DS has been overtaken by the PSP! Check out the results below:

Media Create Top 30:
28th January-3rd February, 2008

near as well as its predecessor, you have to wonder if a third version will ever come now
PositionTitle/System/PublisherSales (Plus Total Where Available & Commentary)
1.)Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii, Nintendo)819,647 | NEW
2.)Devil May Cry 4 (PS3, Capcom)205,390 | NEW
3.)Tales of Destiny: Director's Cut (PS2, Bandai-Namco)116,928 | NEW
4.)Haruhi Suzumiya's Wonderment (PS2, Banpresto)114,335 | NEW
5.)Wii Fit (Wii, Nintendo)73,325 | 1,356,000
6.)Disgaea 3 (PS3, Nippon Ichi Software)54,596 | NEW
7.)Devil May Cry 4 (360, Capcom)40,023 | NEW
8.)Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games (NDS, Nintendo)34,474 | 175,000
9.)Assassin's Creed (PS3, UbiSoft)27,895 | NEW
10.)World Soccer Winning Eleven: Ubiquitous Evolution 2008 (PSP, Konami)25,523 | 102,000
11.)Wii Sports (Wii, Nintendo)Falling from No.5 in this crowded week
12.)Family Ski (Wii, Bandai-Namco)A fantastic new entry considering the lack of advertising this has received in Japan so far
13.)Mario Party DS (NDS, Nintendo)Finally out of the Top 10, down from No.6
14.)Monster Hunter Portable 2nd (PSP, Capcom)Back out of the top end of the charts, down from No.7
15.)Need for Speed: Pro Street (PS3, EA)Surprisingly high new entry
16.)Need for Speed: ProStreet (PS2, EA)New entry for EA's lacklustre racing entry
17.)Professor Layton and the Devil's Box (NDS, Level 5)Back down seven places
18.)Drum Master DS (NDS, Bandai-Namco)Amazingly this is still going, nudging back up two places
19.)Doraemon Baseball: Dramatic Stadium (NDS, Bandai-Namco)Dropping back down eleven after a very impressive performance
20.)Mario Kart DS (NDS, Nintendo)Slipping five places
21.)Wii Play (Wii, Nintendo)Slipping a further five
22.)Final Fantasy IV (NDS, Square-Enix)Quickly dropping now, down from No.11 and basically has no chance of ever reaching the million mark and will be lucky to hit 750,000 at this rate
23.)Lucky Star: Misasagi Sakura Gakuen Sakura Fuji Festival (PS2, Kadokawa Shoten)A strong start followed by a massive drop from last week's No.3
24.)Nep League DS (NDS, Jaleco)Leaping back up fourteen places
25.)After-School Boy (Konami)New entry for this promising looking adventure
26.)Dragon Quest IV (NDS, Square-Enix)Falling fast after a sterling performance over the Christmas and New Year period, down from No.13
27.)Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii, Nintendo)The DS edition seems to have killed this off, falling from No.14
28.)Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, Nintendo)Sadly looking like struggling to creep to the million milestone, down eleven places as people turn to Smash Bros. instead
29.)Mario Party 8 (Wii, Nintendo)Again effected by Smash Bros. fever, falling ten spots
30.)Animal Crossing Wild World (NDS, Nintendo)Slipping just five
31.)New Super Mario Bros. (NDS, Nintendo)Sliding down seven
32.)Kanji Brain Test 2.5M (NDS, IE Institute)Falling nine
33.)Professor Layton and the Curious Village (NDS, Level 5)After riding high thanks to the sequel, this falls back down from No.18 and will probably only sell a million if the 3rd game boosts it back up again
34.)Yggdra Union (PSP, Sting)Quickly down from No.9 after what seemed a great start
35.)Powerful Pro-kun Pocket 10 (NDS, Konami)Following a good spell at the top end of the charts, this drops down from No.21 in this busy week
36.)Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3, Activision)Down from No.22
37.)Entomologist: Heavenly Countryside (NDS, Marvelous Entertainment)New entry
38.)Yakuza 2 (PS2, Sega)Back down from No.27
39.)More Brain Training (NDS, Nintendo)Sliding eight spots
40.)DS Literature Collection (NDS, Nintendo)Back down from No.29
41.)My Housekeeping Diary (NDS, Nintendo)Falling eleven places
42.)Mario Strikers Charged (Wii, Nintendo)Down nine places and despite this recent boost must still be disappointing given the GC version's strong performance
43.)World Soccer Winning Eleven 2008 (PS2, Konami)Falling down from No.28
44.)Rune Factory 2 (NDS, Marvelous Entertainment)Quickly down from No.26, faster than expected
45.)Sight Training (NDS, Nintendo)Down six and looking increasingly unlikely to make it to the million mark
46.)Kanji Test 2 (NDS, Rocket Company)Down six places
47.)More English Training (NDS, Nintendo)Down twelve places and considering this has done nowhere
48.)Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition (PS2, Capcom)Slipping just one as DMC fever hits
49.)Haruhi Suzumiya's Promise (PSP, Bandai-Namco)Down five as people go for the PS2 versrion instead
50.)Brain Training (NDS, Nintendo)Re-entering the chart once more

Media Create Hardware Chart

FormatThis WeekLast Week2008 SalesLifetime Sales
PlayStation Portable72,52877,933544,7778,146,371
Nintendo DS67,47279,370599,35421,772,405
PlayStation 341,79634,363217,3661,859,042
PlayStation 212,11511,36483,52721,010,564
Xbox 3606,0604,29629,361536,702

Stick around for more chart updates next week...

Original Story, 01/02/08: Despite all the talk of various retailers only getting a low supply of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it seems that the Kyoto Company was still able to pour enough units onto shop shelves to ensure the hotly anticipated Wii fighter would blow away the competition this coming week and become the fastest-selling Wii game so far in Japan. Below are its sales, along with some other new releases, all courtesy of Japanese blogger sinobi (first day numbers are based on Famitsu leaked numbers):

  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii, Nintendo) - 500,000 (80% sell-through of initial stock)
  • Devil May Cry 4 (PS3, Capcom) - 140,000 (60% sell-through)
  • Haruhi (PS2) - 105,000
  • Tales of Destiny Director's Cut (PS2, Bandai Namco) - 70,000 (Limited Edition - 60,000, Normal - 10,000 60% sell-through)
  • Disgaea 3 (PS3, Nippon Ichi) - 40,000 (Limited Edition - 20,000, Normal - 20,000)
  • Devil May Cry 4 (360, Capcom) - 30,000 (60% sell-through)
  • Assassin's Creed (PS3, Ubisoft) - 20,000
  • Family Ski (Wii, Bandai Namco) - 10,000
  • Houkago no Shounen (NDS) - 4,500
  • Sega Rally REVO (PS3, SEGA) - 2,000
  • Sega Rally REVO (360, SEGA) - 1,600
  • Sega Rally REVO (PSP, SEGA) - 1,000 (Overall 10% of initial stock on all formats sold)
  • Mushishi: Amefuru Sato (NDS) - 1,000
But just how quickly can Nintendo get more stock onto the shelves? When it releases NEW Super Mario Bros., the initial stock levels were meant to be lower than expected, around 700,000, but the game ended up selling 900,000 in its first week due to quick re-stocking. Could that be the case here and the game could end up closer to the million mark by next Wednesday's Media Create chart update?

Cubed3 will keep you informed as soon as more details are forthcoming. For now, though, be sure to share your thoughts on this remarkable start by posting in the forum below...

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Wow that's a lot. To be expected of Wii's most anticipated game.

Indeed, impressive!

By the way, this is a news story of Adam's as you might be able to tell by the style but my name has been attached to it...hopefully sorted soon!

You can tell by his style? What's his style?

Wow, that's great. Combine these infos: 500+k sold and shortages at small retailers means, that every retailer wanted to stock it. Great! So a big game there. And they say you can't sell core games on Wii. Shittalkers...!

I find your lack of faith disturbing!

this is basically a record breaking game, tht means it kicks halo 3's ass, but that means over 500,000 japanese (and probably importers) are out there to kick my ass

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Aren't new copies of the game supposed to be shipped to retailers this Week-End ? I heard it was so...

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SmilieWow, that is damned impressive! I guess we should've expected it though, with all the hype surrounding it.

I was expecting it to do that well in Japan, bet it wont sell that many in england, too many chavs who cant tell a good game from EA shovelware rubbish

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Bloody hell.Smilie

Double that number and stick an extra 0 at the end and that will be what the worldwide sales will be like by the years end I reckon.Smilie

( Edited 03.03.2008 14:29 by PhoenixuS )

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Mike means it's my style because it's sales stuff...kind of my forte Smilie Anyway, this is a fantastic start for a Wii game in Japan because people were worried 'hardcore' games just weren't selling too well, especially after the slow start Mario Galaxy had.

Can't ignore how well DMC4 has done, though...even Disgaea on PS3 has performed very well!

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Did the game boost Wii sales? I can imagine a lot of core-gamers waiting for Brawl before Wii purchase.

( Edited 03.03.2008 14:34 by PhoenixuS )

Online is going to be hectic with so many people playing it!

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Thats an amazing amount for first day sales.
What was mario galaxy's first day sales? i cant remember it off hand but im sure it was no where near this!

oh and yeh you would expect console sales to jump too

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Marco_V, Super Mario Galaxy had retailer pre-orders of 700,000 units due to the expected hectic sales. However, it started very slow and only amassed 250,585 sales in its whole first week! Smilie

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Wow!!! That's great, way to go SSBB! Smilie

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5-The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
4-Super Mario Galaxy
3-Eternal Darkness
2-Super Mario Bros 3
1-Super Mario Bros

Thats a lot of copies but i bet the US is gonna have more. Im gonna start a countdown of my own starting today.
t-minus 37 days and counting...

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Of course the US will have more...Mario Galaxy did what, about 1.2 million in its first month in the US and another 1.7 or so million (rough guesses here, can't dig up the old numbers as C3's search engine's currently buggered).

I think Family Ski's done quite well for itself in a strong week. I think the fact it makes use of the Wii Balance Board will have helped!

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Actually I'm not all that surprised. This has to the biggest title for the Wii since Galaxy. Serious high production values here. Hecka tons reply value. You'd be dumb to be a Wii owner and not have this game. But yeah that is quite the achievement. Good Job HAL & Nintendo.

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Very awesome, hopefully Nintendo keeps the shelves filled. Wonder how strongly it will sell when it hits stateside.

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And the great news? Just as I wrote in the story, sinobi is now saying Nintendo has indeed sent out another shipment super-fast to fulfil more of the demand. So that purported initial stock level from Day One is definitely higher now...Perhaps we'll see a final result close to a million after all! Smilie

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It's great that so many sold in one day, the number of pre-orders must have been millions for retailers to complain about stock shortages.

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how many did Halo sale on its first day? does any one remember?Smilie sad to say but i think it was more than that...

willoughbyjd said:
how many did Halo sale on its first day? does any one remember?Smilie sad to say but i think it was more than that...

I highly doubt it, this is just for Japan remember? Smilie

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Blimey! Fantastic figures! Smilie

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Thats fairly high, its ashame that despite the delay they couldnt get even more copies out, they probably could have easily sold a million if there were a million copies of the game out there.

Even though 95% of the stock had been sold through, it could lack sales if there was acess stock in places that didnt need it.

Smells like cheese said:
willoughbyjd said:
how many did Halo sale on its first day? does any one remember?Smilie sad to say but i think it was more than that...

I highly doubt it, this is just for Japan remember? Smilie
yea your right -slaps head for stupid sentence- I'll just have to wait till it comes out here in the americas.... Then we can compare halo and smashes figures...Smilie

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