Nintendo’s 25th Anniversary Mario Wii has gone down a storm in Japan during its first week on sale.
The new limited edition console – which comes bundled with a WiiMote Plus, a copy of New Super Mario Bros Wii and a digital copy of Donkey Kong – helped lift week-on-week Wii sales by over 300 per cent.
Wii sales rose from 11,521 to 39,308 following the launch of the console, placing the Nintendo console No.2 in the Japanese hardware chart, as reported by Andriasang.
The PSP topped the charts this week with sales of 40,328 units, up from 34,538 consoles sold the week prior. PS3 was in third place with weekly sales of 21,114, down from 23,524.
Eurogamer states that the PS3 is leading the way with 1,214,417 units sold in Japan so far this year, with the Wii currently close behind with 1,161,052 machines sold.
Software-wise, the Japanese Top 10 consists of the following:
1. Tactics Ogre (Square Enix, PSP) – 176,153 units sold
2. Dragon Ball Raging Blast 2 (Namco Bandai, PS3) – 47,610 units sold
3. Super Mario Collection Special Pack (Nintendo, Wii) – 43,621 units sold
4. Pokemon Black and White (Pokemon, DS) – 42,279 units sold
5. Tongari Boushi to Mahou no Omise (Konami, DS) – 40,208 units sold
6. God Eater Burst (Namco Bandai, PSP) – 31,372 units sold
7. Winning Eleven 2011 (Konami, PS3) – 30,353 units sold
8. Wii Party (Nintendo, Wii) – 17,471 units sold
9. Wii Sports Resort Wiimote Plus Pack (Nintendo, Wii) – 14,438 units sold
10. Kirby's Epic Yarn (Nintendo, Wii) – 13,896 units sold