Channel Surfing: WiiWare/Virtual Console Sales Chart, April 2009 - News

by VGChartz Staff , posted on 24 May 2009 / 3,377 Views

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Today we present to you the American and PAL sales for April 2009 (covering the five weeks from March 30th through May 3rd).  Titles in bold italic were released during the tracking period.

TM LM Americas WiiWare Games Publisher Monthly Total Revenue
1 1 World of Goo 2D Boy 18,200 164,700 $2,470,500
2 3 My Aquarium Hudson 16,400 175,600 $878,000
3 2 Tetris Party Hudson 13,600 153,200 $1,838,400
4 8 My Pokemon Ranch Nintendo 11,000 216,700 $2,167,000
5 4 Onslaught Hudson 10,500 28,400 $284,000
6 5 Dr. Mario Online Rx Nintendo 9,700 263,300 $2,633,000
7 6 CueSports -- Pool Revolution Hudson 8,200 53,200 $266,000
8 12 Defend Your Castle XGen Studios 6,500 233,800 $1,169,000
9 9 Brain Challenge Gameloft 6,100 67,300 $673,000
10 10 Fun! Fun! Minigolf Shin'en Multimedia 5,900 44,200 $397,800

TM LM PAL WiiWare Games Publisher Monthly Total Revenue
1 9 Texas Hold'em Tournament Digital Leisure 16,000 21,200 106,000 €
2 1 My Aquarium Hudson 12,600 160,600 803,000 €
3 2 World of Goo 2D Boy 10,500 68,400 1,026,000 €
4 3 Onslaught Hudson Soft 10,100 31,900 319,000 €
5 4 Snowboard Riot Hudson Soft 7,700 18,600 186,000 €
6 5 TV Show King Gameloft 7,600 229,800 2,298,000 €
7 NE Bubble Bobble Plus! TAITO 7,600 7,600 60,800 €
8 6 Pop-Up Pirate! Tomy 7,200 21,600 108,000 €
9 8 Bomberman Blast Hudson 6,800 67,400 674,000 €
10 10 My Pokemon Ranch Nintendo 6,800 113,300 1,133,000 €

World of Goo holds on to the top spot in the Americas, while recent release Texas Hold'em Tournament climbs up to #1 in PAL. The only new entry for either region is Bubble Bobble Plus!, taking seventh place in PAL.

For new and recent releases outside the top 10:

  • Pop'em Drop'em SAMEGAME, released in the last week of the March tracking period, sold an additional 5,200 units in April, pushing its six-week total up to 8,200.
  • Crystal Defenders R1 was on sale for two weeks in the Americas and a week and a half in PAL, selling 4,500 units in the former region and 2,700 units in the latter one.
  • In four weeks of availability in the Americas and three and a half weeks in PAL, Equilibrio managed to sell only 4,300 in the Americas, but just over 6,000 in PAL.
  • Bonsai Barber was available for all five weeks of April in the Americas, selling only 3,900 in that time.
  • In PAL, Adventure Island the Beginning sold about 3,600 in a week and a half, Family & Friends Party sold about 2,900 in three and a half weeks, and BIT.TRIP BEAT sold 2,600 in just four days.
  • In the Americas, neither Party Fun Pirate nor Cocoto Platform Jumper broke into the top 20 in their launch weeks, putting both at somewhere less than 1,500 sales for the month.

Among the older releases, the only notable movement was My Pokemon Ranch and Defend Your Castle moving up a few spots in the Americas.

 

TM LM Americas Virtual Console Games Platform Publisher Monthly Total Revenue
1 1 Super Mario Bros. 3 NES Nintendo 47,800 1,219,500 $6,097,500
2 2 Super Mario Bros. NES Nintendo 26,300 1,102,400 $5,512,000
3 3 Super Mario World SNES Nintendo 15,500 741,600 $5,932,800
4 NE Super Punch-Out!! SNES Nintendo 15,000 15,000 $120,000
5 4 Super Mario Bros. 2 NES Nintendo 11,100 550,100 $2,750,500
6 5 Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream NES Nintendo 10,300 524,300 $2,621,500
7 6 Legend of Zelda, the NES Nintendo 10,200 504,900 $2,524,500
8 8 Super Mario 64 N64 Nintendo 9,600 601,500 $6,015,000
9 7 Pac-Man NES Namco Bandai 8,800 448,900 $2,244,500
10 11 Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the N64 Nintendo 8,200 469,200 $4,692,000

TM LM PAL Virtual Console Games Platform Publisher Monthly Total Revenue
1 NE The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask N64 Nintendo 24,000 24,000 240,000 €
2 1 Super Mario Bros. 3 NES Nintendo 15,600 501,200 2,506,000 €
3 2 Super Mario Bros. NES Nintendo 12,100 428,700 2,143,500 €
4 4 Super Mario World SNES Nintendo 8,900 361,100 2,888,800 €
5 3 Sonic the Hedgehog MS Sega 8,500 105,500 527,500 €
6 6 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time N64 Nintendo 8,000 286,500 2,865,000 €
7 5 Super Mario 64 N64 Nintendo 7,700 344,900 3,449,000 €
8 7 Mario Kart 64 N64 Nintendo 5,800 347,900 3,479,000 €
9 9 Super Mario Bros. 2 NES Nintendo 4,700 215,300 1,076,500 €
10 12 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past SNES Nintendo 3,900 202,500 1,620,000 €

There are two big new releases on these charts. Super Punch-Out!! becomes the first new release to break into the top ten in the Americas in months, helped by the fact that it was available for all five weeks of April. Similar, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask was available for all but three days of April in PAL, easily taking the top spot in that region. However, they were the only titles to even get into the top 20 in either region, with no third-party Virtual Console releases seeing much success in April.

The other new and recent releases:

  • Of the Virtual Console Arcade titles released, only two showed up on the radar in April, both in PAL. Gaplus and Starforce each have sold about 1,000 total so far, with the other Arcade titles somewhere less than that.
  • Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars for the Master System sold about 1,500 in two and a half weeks in PAL.
  • No other titles ever broke into the top 20 for any week. Thus, Uncharted Waters: New Horizons (Super NES), Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (Genesis), Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (Genesis), and Nobunaga's Ambition (Super NES) all sold somewhere less than 2,000 in the Americas, while Secret Command (Master System) and Galaxy Force II (Genesis) both sold somewhere less than 1,000 in PAL.

 

Apologies for the late charts this month, as between E3 planning and the launch of VGChartz 2.0, things have been a bit hectic around here, but hope you enjoyed them anyway.  Thanks to TWRoO and Michael and their helpers for collecting the PAL data, and to Manuelf for helping with the Americas data.  As always, if you want to help collect Nintendo Channel data, send TWRoO a PM if you have a PAL Wii and myself a PM if you have an American or Japanese Wii.  As you can tell by the lack of Japanese figures this month, I *really* need a reliable volunteer with a Japanese Wii.

The sneak peek for May sales - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for the Nintendo 64 launched halfway through the May tracking period in the Americas. It has sold roughly 15,000 in its first week, giving it a sure spot in the top 5 next month but leaving it unlikely to unseat Super Mario Bros. 3 as the top title.

Keith Jackson
kjackson@vgchartz.com


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TWRoO (on 25 May 2009)

Awesome.


FreeTalkLive (on 25 May 2009)

Nice Chartz. Keith is the man!


MANUELF (on 24 May 2009)

@SaviorX This is an America´s chart not a US one only so the total include US CA LA and the top is pretty different between those regions.


CONMAN15 (on 24 May 2009)

World of Goo has been sitting up at the top, nice.


SaviorX (on 24 May 2009)

Sales are good all around. I was surprised to see Pac-Man in there. Ocarina of Time will eventually hit 500k in the US and 300k in PAL!


shakarak (on 24 May 2009)

Man I'd like to see higher sales of dr mario and world of goo.


Zucas (on 24 May 2009)

Great for Majora's Mask. Wonder how well it'll do in America when we get those results back. Also good to see World of Goo going strong. Everything else is the usual.