Mario, Zelda Strike Down Final Fantasy XIII In Japan

After a debut week as impressive as an Odin summon, Final Fantasy XIII's second week on the market in Japan shows that Lightning's sales legs that aren't quite as impressive as Mario's.

Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. Wii returns to software sales chart dominance after a week off, moving another half-million copies in Japan. The Wii game beats out Link's newest adventure, giving The Legend of Zelda: Spirits Tracks a second place debut appearance on the charts with 291,000 copies sold. Nintendo also took third, with the astoundingly popular Tomodachi Collection.

That leaves Final Fantasy XIII in fourth place, moving another 189,000 copies this week, according to Media Create.

The rest of the top ten is all Nintendo—and Namco Bandai—with DS and Wii games outselling everything else in Japan. The numbers, after this.

01. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 506,000 / 2,440,000 02. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS) - 291,000 / NEW 03. Tomodachi Collection (DS) - 227,000 / 2,317,000 04. Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) - 189,000 / 1,690,000 05. Pokemon HeartGold / SoulSilver (DS) - 125,000 / 3,465,000 06. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) - 114,000 / 1,315,000 07. Inazuma Eleven 2: Fire / Blizzard (DS) - 99,000 / 908,000 08. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) - 72,000 / 1,568,000 09. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Dodoon to 2 Yome! (Wii) - 64,000 / 200,000 10. Layton Kyouju to Majin no Fue (DS) - 64,000 / 559,000

11. PokePark Wii: Pikachu no Daibouken (Wii) 12. Phantasy Star Portable 2 (PSP) 13. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (DS) 14. New Super Mario Bros. (DS) 15. Pen 1 Grand Prix: Penguin no Mondai Special (DS) 16. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010 (PSP) 17. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) 18. Momotarou Dentetsu 2010 Senkoku Ishin no Hero Daisyuugou ! No Ken (Wii) 19. Sengoku Musou 3 (Wii) 20. Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Next Plus (PSP) 21. Naruto Shippuuden: Narutimate Accel 3 (PSP) 22. Power Pro Kun Pocket 12 (DS) 23. Tamagotchi no Narikiri Channel (DS) 24. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) 25. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Wii) 26. Dorabase 2: Nettou Urutorasu Tajiamu (DS) 27. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (the Best) (PSP) 28. Dragon Quest IX (DS) 29. Little Busters! Converted Edition (PS2) 30. Metal Fight Beyblade: Bakutan Cyber Pegasus (DS)


    Not surprised to see Mario, Zelda and Pokemon in the top ten. As big as the JRPG's are over there, the Nintendo franchises will run strong as long as Nintendo can keep offering fresh (and sometimes rehashed) adventures for gamers to take on.

    Yep, Nintendo's games are selling like proverbial hotcakes all over the world, not just in Japan, so even though FFXIII will do well, it's unlikely to topple Nintendo's hand.

    If FFXIII was on DS/Wii, however, I suspect it would be number 1 on the list for much longer.

    Um... ouch?

    Thats quite embarrassing really...

      Jay, how is that embarrassing when there are only some 4.3 million PS3's in Japan?

      There are just over 9.2 million Wii's and 29 million DS' sold in Japan as of recent figures

      Mario - 9.2m wii /2.44m = 26.52% attach
      FFXIII - 4.3m ps3 / 1.69m = 39.30% attach.
      Tommodachi - 29.2m DS /2.317m = 7.93% attach.

      In terms of total games sold, compared with console ownership, FF XIII crushed them.

    08. Wii Sports Resort (DS) – 72,000 / 1,568,000

    Anyone notice this?


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