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Japanese Charts:  Mario & Luigi  Dragon Punch  Street Fighter IV
Japanese Charts: Mario & Luigi Dragon Punch Street Fighter IV
February 19, 2009 | By David Jenkins

February 19, 2009 | By David Jenkins
More: Console/PC

Nintendo’s Mario & Luigi RPG 3 has beaten Capcom’s Street Fighter IV to the top of the Japanese sales charts this week, although both titles are enjoying healthy sales.

The new Nintendo DS game has no confirmed Western release date or name, but is the sequel to Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga - all of which in turn are spin-offs from the Super Mario RPG/Paper Mario series. The latest entry in the franchise sold a commanding 193,000 units in its first week.

Amid reports of stock sell-outs in some stores, combined sales of Street Fighter IV totaled 124,000 units, with 86,000 for the PlayStation 3 version at number two and 38,000 for the Xbox 360 at number five. As such the title has become the fastest selling fighting game of recent times in Japan, beating SoulCalibur IV’s combined first week total of 110,000 units.

Namco Bandai’s latest Mobile Suit Gundam anime tie-in is also a new multiplatform release, with the PSP version at number three and the PlayStation 2 version at number four. Here, the difference in sales is more minor, with Sony’s portable leading on 40,000 units and its elder home console on 38,000 units.

Outside the top 10, Nintendo titles are particularly dominant this week, with only two titles in the top 30 not for either the Nintendo DS or Wii. The first is Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for PSP at number 11 and the other is From Software’s new entry Tenchu 4 for the PSP at number 12.

TWLWTitlePublisherFormatWeekly Sales
1NEMario & Luigi RPG 3NintendoDS193,000
2NEStreet Fighter IVCapcomPS386,000
3NEKidou Senshi Gundam: Giren no Yabou - Axis no Kyoui VNamco BandaiPSP40,000
4NEKidou Senshi Gundam: Giren no Yabou - Axis no Kyoui VNamco BandaiPS238,000
5NEStreet Fighter IVCapcom36038,000
63World Soccer Winning Eleven 2009KonamiPSP27,000
74World Soccer Winning Eleven 2009KonamiPS225,000
82Demon's SoulsSonyPS322,000
91Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2Namco BandaiPSP22,000
105Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - Echoes of Time Square EnixDS20,000
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Stephen VanWambeck
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As for titles article, I think "Japanese Charts: Mario & Luigi Fireball Street Fighter IV " would have made for a more interesting word play, since fireballs exist in both titles.