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Super Mario Galaxy 2 shines in Japanese chart

New Super Mario outpaces predecessor, but can't help Wii hardware sales in weekly chart

Super Mario Galaxy 2 has entered the Japanese sales chart at number one, outpacing the debut of its immediate predecessor by 90,000 units. With 339,901 units sold in its first week Super Mario Galaxy 2 has become the fastest-selling 3D Super Mario game on any format.

However, the game still trails significantly behind the 2D iterations in the series, with New Super Mario Bros. Wii selling 935,000 units in its first week in Japan. Super Mario Galaxy went on to sell 1 million units in Japan, whereas New Super Mario Bros. Wii is currently on 3.86 million.

Although a busy week for new releases most of the other new titles are unique to the Japanese market, with the latest Super Robot Wars OG Saga tactics game on Nintendo DS entering at number two with 80,764 units sold.

What would be known as Let's Make a Soccer Team! DS: World Challenge 2010 debuts at number three, with Sega's World Cup inspired football manager game registering 50,206 unit sales in its first week.

At number four is Rocket Company's Medabots DS: Kabuto/Kuwagata, remakes of the original Game Boy titles that were the first video game entries in the Pokemon-inspired media franchise. The two separate titles sold a combined 33,973 units.

The final new entry of the week in the top 10 is Cave's Deathsmiles IIX at number 10, a hardcore 2D shoot 'em-up for the Xbox 360. The game sold only 16,112 units, but came in ahead of fellow 360 exclusive Alan Wake at number 11.

The new releases had only a mild affect on hardware sales, with the DS family of consoles still the number one seller with a combined 29,552 units sold - up around 3500 units on the previous week.

The PSP family of consoles sold 26,286 units, up by around 3000 units, with the PSPgo accounting for 1232 of the overall total. As usual this made the PSP-3000 the best-selling individual hardware SKU of the week, with 25,054 consoles sold.

Despite the success of Super Mario Galaxy 2, the PlayStation 3 remained the number one selling home console of the week, although only by the narrowest of margins. Sales increased by 2,000 units to 20,987, while the Wii saw a boost of almost the same amount to 20,476.

The 360 experienced a drop of over 1000 units to a total of 3546, while the PlayStation 2 enjoyed a small bump to 1463 units sold.

The Media Create Japanese software chart for the week ending May 30 is as follows:

  • 01 Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
  • 02 Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masōkishin - The Lord Of Elemental (DS)
  • 03 Let's Make a Soccer Team! DS: World Challenge 2010 (DS)
  • 04 Medabots DS: Kabuto/Kuwagata (DS)
  • 05 Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (DS)
  • 06 Lost Planet 2 (PS3)
  • 07 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP)
  • 08 Pro Evolution Soccer 2010: Blue Samurai Challenge (PS3)
  • 09 New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
  • 10 Deathsmiles II X (360)

The hardware chart for the week ending May 30 is as follows:

  • PSP - 25,054
  • PlayStation 3 - 20,987
  • Wii - 20,476
  • DSi XL - 16,267
  • DSi - 10,324
  • Xbox 360 - 3546
  • DS Lite - 2961
  • PlayStation 2 - 1463
  • PSPgo - 1232

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