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The Japan Preview: 4/13 Edition (Mario Kart Wii- 497k, MHP2G - 252k)

VGChartz writes:Mario Kart Wii debuted in the top slot this week, knocking Monster Hunter Portable 2G for PSP out of the top spot for the first time since its debut in late March. Despite an amazing second week, Monster Hunter Portable 2G dropped sharply this week – to 252,000 units, while Mario Kart Wii debuted at 497,000 units. Except for these two big titles though, videogame sales were pretty low in Japan for the week. No other title sold over 50,000 units. In the preliminary data, ten of the twenty titles sold fewer than 10,000 units for the week. Last year, during this same week, far less software was sold, but fewer titles sold fewer than 10,000 units. The trending makes sense since only PSP and Wii are performing better than last year in Japan at the moment.

Key Points:
- Mario Kart Wii debuted about 60% higher than Mario Kart 64 – which is very promising for Nintendo, since Mario Kart 64 was the only N64 title in Japan to sell over 2.0 million.
- While roughly 1 million units of software were sold in the preliminary top twenty this week that is down about 20% from the previous week.

Hardware Predicted Totals:

PSP: 75,000 to 100,000 units
Wii: 65,000 to 75,000 units
DSL: 50,000 to 60,000 units
PS3: 8,000 to 12,000 units
PS2: 8,000 to 12,000 units
360: 1,000 to 3,000 units

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wiizy3356d ago

mario kart is off to a fantastic start.