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Wii's winners and losers in Japan


We can't exactly trust the validity of the numbers used to create this list of best-selling games across the three home platforms, since it's just some guy on Geocities doing it (and he claims that he might alter numbers to deter copying) but they're close enough to our expectations for most games. These numbers are purportedly derived from Enterbrain and Famitsu sales data. Kotaku reproduced the top and bottom-selling games on each platform, and we think that's a nice way to organize it.

The top ten Wii games are not too surprising, including stuff like Wii Sports, Wii Play, Wii Fit, Brawl, and other big Nintendo franchises. The only third-party game on the list is Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, which, of course, is a Mario game!

But the bottom ten is a lot more entertaining, revealing, for example, that poor Opoona sold only 5,000 copies, as did Dewy's Adventure. D3's motivation for putting their Simple games on WiiWare is made clear by the fact that their disc-based releases totally bombed. Though not as badly as Hudson's Puzzle Series Vol. 1 Sudoku, which apparently sold 482 copies total.

It's hard to pick interesting tidbits out of the middle of the list (which we won't reproduce after the break in the interest of brevity) but apparently No More Heroes sold just 27,873 copies -- much less than the 84,224 copies of Mysterious Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 3 that went out!

Top Ten

  1. Wii Sports (3.2m)
  2. Wii Fit (2.8m)
  3. Wii Play (2.5m)
  4. Mario Kart Wii (1.9m)
  5. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (1.7m)
  6. Mario Party 8 (1.2 m)
  7. Super Mario Galaxy (932,119)
  8. Animal Crossing: City Folk (727,555)
  9. WarioWare: Smooth Moves (605,479)
  10. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games (590,265)
Bottom Ten (in descending order)
  1. Happy Dance Collection (5,010)
  2. Dewy's Adventure (5,000)
  3. Opoona (5,000)
  4. Jikkyou Powerful Major League 3 (4,250)
  5. GeGeGe no Kitaro: The Yokai Athletic Tournament (3,000)
  6. Simple Wii Vol. 2 THE Everybody's Bass Fishing Tournament (2,000)
  7. SpongeBob SquarePants (1,852)
  8. Sangokushi 11 with Power-Up Kit (1,111)
  9. Cars (1,045)
  10. Puzzle Series Vol.1 Sudoku (482)
[Via Kotaku]

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