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Resident Evil 4 Tops January Sales Chart

by David Trammell - February 22, 2005, 6:13 am PST
Total comments: 26 Source: Press Release

NPD data indicates The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories and Super Mario 64 DS place third, ninth and tenth respectively.

Feb. 22, 2005

Did You Know?

Resident Evil 4 Hacks its Way to the Top of Sales All Three Nintendo Systems Place Games in the Top 10

Capcom's pulse-pounding Resident Evil(R) 4, made exclusively for Nintendo GameCube(TM) beat all other video games in January sales. It's also one of the best-reviewed games in years. The sales boom no doubt has been driven by reviews that call the game "an absolute must-have," "an amazing achievement" and "early contender for game of the year." Resident Evil 4 boasts no fewer than 30 perfect ratings from magazine and online reviewers, and some 55 others that rate it at 90 percent or higher.

But if crazed townsfolk and monstrous creatures aren't your thing, Nintendo has plenty of other top-selling games to keep you occupied. According to the NPD Group's January sales tracking report, each Nintendo video game system had at least one game in January's top 10 sellers. In addition to Resident Evil 4 at No. 1, Nintendo continued its dominance of the hand-held market with The Legend of Zelda(R): The Minish Cap for Game Boy(R) Advance SP at No. 3 overall, Square Enix's KINGDOM HEARTS(R) CHAIN OF MEMORIES for GBA SP at No. 9 and Super Mario(R) 64 DS for Nintendo DS(TM) at No. 10.

Talkback

FFVII_Cloud StrifeFebruary 22, 2005

well since you didn't post actual numbers maybe I should

RE4 sold 319,000 here are the numbers for all other Nintendo games in January and the amount of money made

NINTENDO $39,834,690 1,322,812
GBA ADVANCE WARS $613 33
GBA ADVANCE WARS 2: BLACK $122,564 9,665
GBA BEACH BLANK-OUT BLAST $47,639 2,560
GBA BOMBERMAN CLASSIC $52,777 5,189
GBA CASTLEVANIA CLASSIC $136,340 7,177
GBA DISNEYS MAGICAL QUEST $4,599 188
GBA DONKEY KONG CLASSIC $267,840 13,963
GBA DONKEY KONG COUNTRY $41,945 2,095
GBA DONKEY KONG COUNTRY 2 $1,218,800 38,654
GBA DR. MARIO CLASSIC $365,033 19,266
GBA EXCITEBIKE CLASSIC $29,159 1,532
GBA F-ZERO GP LEGEND $62,806 2,127
GBA F-ZERO MAX VELOCITY $1,926 157
GBA FINAL FANTASY I & II $1,420,048 45,881
GBA FINAL FANTASY TACTICS $111,976 3,360
GBA FIRE EMBLEM $115,350 4,184
GBA FOR HO-OH BELLS TOLL! $56,455 3,830
GBA GAME & WATCH GALLERY4 $2,850 157
GBA GOLDEN SUN $462 26
GBA GOLDEN SUN: LOST AGE $41,849 2,316
GBA HAMTARO: HEARTBREAK $17,813 962
GBA HAMTARO:HAM-HAM GAMES $141,269 4,597
GBA ICE CLIMBER CLASSIC $49,216 4,625
GBA JOHTO PHOTO FINISH $84,374 4,527
GBA KIRBY AMAZING MIRROR $1,119,634 36,004
GBA KIRBY: NIGHTMARE $105,104 3,381
GBA MARIO & LUIGI SAGA $324,519 10,703
GBA MARIO BROS 3: MARIO 4 $1,177,802 38,271
GBA MARIO GOLF ADVANCE $226,841 7,325
GBA MARIO KART: CIRCUIT $432,553 14,363
GBA MARIO PINBALL LAND $541,734 17,372
GBA MARIO VS. DONKEY KONG $535,633 17,596
GBA METROID CLASSIC $158,046 8,590
GBA METROID FUSION $106,691 3,861
GBA METROID ZERO MISSION $155,771 5,517
GBA PAC-MAN CLASSIC $112,049 9,975
GBA POKEMON FIRERED W/ADP $1,478,530 42,435
GBA POKEMON LEAFGRN W/ADP $1,396,131 41,542
GBA POKEMON PINBALL: R&S $52,142 1,854
GBA POKEMON RUBY $448,630 13,643
GBA POKEMON SAPPHIRE $403,001 12,356
GBA POKEMON-I CHOOSE YOU! $56,103 3,006
GBA SUPER MARIO ADVANCE $19,634 649
GBA SUPER MARIO ADVANCE 2 $647,689 21,389
GBA SUPER MARIO CLASSIC $485,185 24,891
GBA SWORD OF MANA $81,398 5,097
GBA WARIO LAND 4 $570 33
GBA WARIOWARE INC: MEGA $53,672 2,449
GBA XEVIOUS CLASSIC $37,625 3,765
GBA YOSHI'S ISLAND:MARIO3 $91,143 2,952
GBA ZELDA CLASSIC $231,661 12,160
GBA ZELDA II CLASSIC $309,219 16,206
GBA ZELDA: LINK TO PAST $236,247 7,854
GBA ZELDA: THE MINISH CAP $6,423,125 216,969
GBC ALICE IN WONDERLAND $30 4
GBC BIONIC COMMANDO $78 13
GBC BUGS BUNNY CASTLE 3 $52 3
GBC DONKEY KONG COUNTRY $682 78
GBC HAMTARO:HAM UNITE $2,386 176
GBC LITTLE MERMAID 2: PIN $27 7
GBC MARIO TENNIS $22 3
GBC MICKEY RACING ADVENTR $121 9
GBC MICKEY'S SPEEDWAY $173 12
GBC PERFECT DARK $64 9
GBC POKEMON CRYSTAL $7 1
GBC POKEMON GOLD $1,987 131
GBC POKEMON SILVER $102 7
GBC POKEMON TRADING CARD $7 3
GBC SUPER MARIO BROS. DLX $130 10
GBC WARLOCKED $75 9
GBC ZELDA: ORACLE AGES $137 30
GBC ZELDA: ORACLE SEASONS $215 31
GBOY POKEMON BLUE $34 16
GBOY POKEMON RED $39 21
GBOY POKEMON YELLOW $66 12
GCN 1080 AVALANCHE $161,126 7,826
GCN ANIMAL CROSSING $432,373 21,496
GCN CUSTOM ROBO $101,621 2,776
GCN DISNEY MAGICAL MIRROR $21,068 1,078
GCN DONKEY KONGA W/BONGOS $697,354 14,014
GCN ETERNAL DARKNESS $25,675 1,912
GCN F-ZERO GX $64,383 3,220
GCN FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL $199,865 5,593
GCN KIRBY AIR RIDE $332,540 16,350
GCN LUIGI'S MANSION $329,582 16,915
GCN MARIO GOLF: TOADSTOOL $392,688 19,564
GCN MARIO KART: DOUBLE $626,811 12,668
GCN MARIO PARTY 4 $148,674 6,303
GCN MARIO PARTY 5 $304,050 6,144
GCN MARIO PARTY 6 W/MIC $3,100,818 63,128
GCN MARIO POWER TENNIS $1,440,515 29,335
GCN METROID PRIME $173,343 8,704
GCN METROID PRIME 2: ECHO $1,005,589 20,388
GCN NBA COURTSIDE 2002 $5,048 353
GCN PAPER MARIO: THOUSAND $1,188,315 24,074
GCN PIKMIN $42,109 2,239
GCN PIKMIN 2 $310,881 6,255
GCN POKEMON CHANNEL $65,242 2,318
GCN POKEMON COLOSSEUM $394,132 7,961
GCN PREVIEW DISC $1,642 197
GCN STAR FOX ADVENTURES $66,569 3,177
GCN SUPER MARIO SUNSHINE $728,680 36,672
GCN SUPER SMASH BRO MELEE $965,647 32,386
GCN WARIO WORLD $164,074 8,030
GCN WARIOWARE INC: PARTY $106,240 3,626
GCN WAVE RACE: BLUE STORM $15,135 799
GCN ZELDA: FOUR SWORDS $271,726 5,532
GCN ZELDA: FOUR W/O CABLE $22,046 493
GCN ZELDA: THE WIND WAKER $696,967 36,120
N64 COMMAND & CONQUER $133 29
N64 CONKER'S BAD FUR DAY $269 120
N64 HEY YOU PIKACHU! $390 50
N64 JET FORCE GEMINI $23 6
N64 KIRBY 64: CRYSTAL $8 1
N64 LEGEND ZELDA:MAJORA'S $1,620 194
N64 MARIO TENNIS $736 83
N64 MICKEY'S SPEEDWAY USA $741 69
N64 PAPER MARIO $8 2
N64 PERFECT DARK $4,396 1,483
N64 POKEMON PUZZLE LEAGUE $2,098 288
N64 POKEMON SNAP $2,833 487
N64 POKEMON STADIUM $306 44
N64 POKEMON STADIUM 2 $64 7
NDS SUPER MARIO 64 DS $3,313,954 109,087

RizeDavid Trammell, Staff AlumnusFebruary 22, 2005

Link?

FFVII_Cloud StrifeFebruary 22, 2005

Take my word for it, those are the official numbers

There is no official site that reports NPD numbers to the public so I don't have a link

Earthbound_4everFebruary 22, 2005

Say Cloud Strife you wouldn't happen to be able to post the exact sales numbers every month would you? An
all-time sales list post for the site would be extremely useful as well.

FFVII_Cloud StrifeFebruary 22, 2005

sorry I don't have these things saved onto my PC or anything. I can find numbers for a few months back but not much further. I do have the numbers for the top selling GC games though. Here is the top 10 if you're interested.

Super Smash Bros. Melee: 2,694,626
Super Mario Sunshine: 1,840,879
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!: 1,830,128
The Wind Waker: 1,786,274
Luigi's Mansion: 1,608,383
Metroid Prime: 1,272,897
Mario Party 4: 968,567
Animal Crossing: 914,622
Mario Party 5: 813,475
Star Fox Adventures: 800,995

Those are the top 10 selling games for GC made by Nintendo. Mario Sunshine, Mario Kart, and Metroid Prime numbers do NOT include the games sold in bundles so the numbers aren't really as big as they should be. I know the Mario Kart bundle sold over a million though.

ironically this is basically the top 10 list overall for GC even when you include third party games. The only 3rd party game in the top 10 is Sonic Adventure 2 Battle which has sold 1,050,066 as of december and in January it sold 19,654 so just add those two numbers together, sorry I don't feel like doing math

vuduFebruary 22, 2005

For those who don't frequent the GameCube section of these boards:

Official Sales Thread

That'll get you caught up from last March.

RizeDavid Trammell, Staff AlumnusFebruary 22, 2005

Yeah, I'm aware that NPD data isn't usually published like that. Which is why I wondered where you got it. I'm curious about how well Doom 3 has sold to date... have that anywhere?

Btw this data only accounts for the U.S. correct?

joeposhFebruary 22, 2005

My question is what store still had these two games new and sealed, especially at that price... and how soon can I visit?

N64 COMMAND & CONQUER $133 29
N64 PAPER MARIO $8 2

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusFebruary 22, 2005

Toys R Us or some random toy store. My local Toys R Us stiil has new Dreamcast and N64 games and peripherals.

BlackNMild2k1February 22, 2005

N64 C&C for $4.58
and
N64 Paper Mario for $4.00

At those prices why wouldn't you pick it up, even if it is just for collection purposes?

RizeDavid Trammell, Staff AlumnusFebruary 22, 2005

A store near me called gameware has some old N64 titles (some new some used). Just a few leftovers. I'm so tempted to buy hybrid heaven, but it's 25 bucks and it probably sucks face-icon-small-wink.gif I used to think it was related to metal gear for some reasont hough.

Ian SaneFebruary 22, 2005

Most stores in my area that sell games still sell brand new N64 games. The prices tend to vary from ridiculously expensive ($80 CAN which is more than new Cube games cost) to really cheap ($20 or lower for classics like Perfect Dark or Conker). That's not bad I guess since I doubt Cube games will be widely available this many years after its "death." Perfect Dark still selling over 1000 copies is really cool. One reason I was so upset about Super Mario 64 DS is that I could still buy Super Mario 64 brand new in several stores which at the very least I couldn't do with any of the Super Mario Advance games.

This I find weird as hell: "GCN PREVIEW DISC $1,642 197"

Nearly 200 people bought an out-of-date Cube preview disc in January? Why?

joeposhFebruary 22, 2005

Quote

Originally posted by: Ian Sane
Most stores in my area that sell games still sell brand new N64 games. The prices tend to vary from ridiculously expensive ($80 CAN which is more than new Cube games cost) to really cheap ($20 or lower for classics like Perfect Dark or Conker). That's not bad I guess since I doubt Cube games will be widely available this many years after its "death." Perfect Dark still selling over 1000 copies is really cool. One reason I was so upset about Super Mario 64 DS is that I could still buy Super Mario 64 brand new in several stores which at the very least I couldn't do with any of the Super Mario Advance games.

This I find weird as hell: "GCN PREVIEW DISC $1,642 197"

Nearly 200 people bought an out-of-date Cube preview disc in January? Why?


As someone said above, the demo disk is probably still selling for collection purposes... I know quite a few stores finally dropped the price of them to a resonable level in the past couple months.

Watch for a spike in N64 sales next month due to the 90% off clearance at Toys R Us... my store had like 20 copies of Perfect Dark for 1 buck a piece... every other TRU that still has N64 games should have whatever they have left at around that price point, so they should definately move some units.

DjunknownFebruary 22, 2005

That's a lot of numbers.

I want to be happy, but being the top game for a slow month isn't really that impressive. Last year, Sonic Heroes took the top spotm, and it got Ok-mediocre reviews *remember's jonny's review*. RE 4 selling less than half a million right off the bat? On the bright side, it didn't get lost in the holiday shuffle, that would've really sucked....

I'm awfully pessmesstic about RE's future on the Revolution. This whole 'exclusivity' deal didn't neccessarly work out for both parties (Capcom announcing the PS2 version before the 'Cube version came out is a prime example.). Capcom got burned, and Nintendo didn't shed its KiTTy image. This kickass game just came too late.

Oh well. Enough bitchin', back to Assignment Ada...

FFVII_Cloud StrifeFebruary 22, 2005

Sorry I don't have Doom 3 numbers, I don't get PC numbers.

And just because it's January doesn't make RE4s sales less impressive, it opened bigger than MGS3 on the PS2 and many other big name games as well

As for the N64 games, thats how much money Nintendo made, not how much the store sold them for

Earthbound_4everFebruary 23, 2005

Cloud Strife thanks for the Top 10 list, who'd of thought that Sunshine would outsell WindWaker (even if it was released earlier) and that Starfox Adventures would crack the Top 10! I bet Eternal Darkness didn't even crack the top 50, proving yet again that quality isn't always everything (or in some cases, not even computed into the equation!)

FFVII_Cloud StrifeFebruary 23, 2005

everyone should have thought that sunshine would outsell TWW
Mario 3 outsold Zelda and Zelda 2
Mario World outsold Lttp, so did Mario World 2
Mario 64 outsold OOT
it's only natrual that Sunshine outsell TWW

As for Eternal Darkness, I know it was at the bottom of the top 50 last year it probably got pushed out, I'll check for you soon

Edit-Well I just checked and as of December 2004 it's number 51 right behind Tales of Symphonia. it's sold 273,168 in North America. Not too good if you ask me

Edit again-SFA isn't in the GC top 10, if you include third party games it's number 11 since Sonic Adventure 2 outsold it. but it did better than I thought it would. Maybe Assault will put up similar numbers but I doubt it

Ian SaneFebruary 23, 2005

I think Super Mario Sunshine sold more than Wind Waker largely because of the Gamecube's popularity at the time. Mario Sunshine was released when the Cube's placing in the console wars wasn't yet decided and at the time it was thought to be THE GAME to make the Cube a serious contender. So obviously it attracted a fair bit of attention.

When Wind Waker was released things were different. The Xbox had beat the Cube the previous Christmas with the Sega pack-in deal and the Cube was considered the "loser" console of this generation. Plus a lot of people had been disappointed by Super Mario Sunshine which was supposed to be the reason to own a Cube and thus had lost interest in Nintendo and/or traded in their Cube. Plus third parties were starting to bail and "Nintendo is doomed" discussions started popping up.

Super Mario Sunshine was released when people still felt the Cube could amount to something while Wind Waker was released when people felt it was a failure. That's why 7 of the top ten Cube games were released prior to Christmas 2002. That was the turning point when the Xbox became the clear number 2 console in North America.

FFVII_Cloud StrifeFebruary 23, 2005

I think you're wrong considering that Zelda passed SMS a few months after it released. Zelda had the OOT deal going for it which made it the fastest selling GC game at the time. It was also given away for free with GC (as well as a few other games like Prime/StarFox/Mario Party). Nintendo had the deal of buying a GC and getting one of those games for free. Those sales counted.

Mario is just simply more popular than Zelda. The hardcore Nintendo fans seem to like Zelda the best but Mario has more mass market appeal just because he's Mario. And the sales I posted don't even include the extra 600,000 sold with the shine bundle, while the Zelda sales do include the ones given away free with GC(which is because they are sold over the counter so NPD counts them as individual sales, the shine bundle just counted for Gamecube sales)

If Mario 128 is a platformer and does indeed release this year on GC, I'll bet any amount of money that it will outsell the new Zelda

ugh I need an avatar

CHENFebruary 25, 2005

I'm surprised Animal Crossing sold this much. Anyone know how well Ikaruga sold? I crave for shmups. And go, go, go RE4.

NinGurl69 *hugglesFebruary 25, 2005

Let's not forget that SMS reached discounted prices much sooner than Wind Waker did.

FFVII_Cloud StrifeFebruary 25, 2005

even at it's discounted price Sunshine is outselling TWW on a monthly basis. Mario is just more popular than Zelda

Earthbound_4everMarch 02, 2005

I realize that Mario has vastly superior mainstream recognition than the Zelda franchise and has historically out-preformed it in sales I merely reasoned that due to the fact that Windwaker was seen as such a superior product to SMS in the eyes of a majority of publications and hardcore fans (myself included) and operating under the assumption that a large contingent of Gamecube owners are hardcore fanboys such as myself who actually pay attention to what other gamers or organizations feel about a game instead of just rushing out and purchasing 8 zillion copies of Enter the Matrix or MoH: RS, as they have been known to do, that Link would finally one-up Mario. Must be those darn kids out there inflating SMS sales! Though we probably couldn't make it without them face-icon-small-sad.gif

KDR_11kMarch 03, 2005

Enter the Matrix sold like crap on the GC...

oohhboyHong Hang Ho, Staff AlumnusMarch 03, 2005

You make it sound like it's a bad thing.

KDR_11kMarch 04, 2005

Who, me? Nope, I was just countering Earthbound4ever's claim that the GC owners ignored the good games and rushed to EtM instead when GC owners clearly didn't care about that PoS.

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