Mario Party Superstars tops Australian sales charts, beating Guardians of the Galaxy

Nintendo's best-of party game collection climbs to the top in Australia, but is nowhere to be found in New Zealand.
mario party superstars tops the australian sales charts

Mario Party Superstars was the number one selling video game in Australia for the week of 25-31 October 2021. The latest entry in the long-running board game/mini-game hybrid franchise is actually a collection of the series’ best preexisting content from its 23-year history, rather than a brand new title.

Strangely, Mario Party Superstars was nowhere to be found on the New Zealand charts, where Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy instead took the top spot. A single-player action game from publisher Square Enix and developer Eidos-Montréal (Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Human Revolution), the game features its own unique take on the comic characters made popular by Marvel’s film universe.

Guardians took the second spot in Australia, followed by Ubisoft’s Riders Republic, an open-world extreme sports game that features mountain biking, snowboarding, and… some kind of jetpacking. It’s received a generally positive reception for its sense of freedom and flexible approach to progression, depending on what extreme sports discipline takes your fancy.

The rest of the charts feature your usual suspects: the latest FIFA football game from EA appears (although it might not be called FIFA for much longer) as does basketball NBA 2K22.

Recent first-person shooter Far Cry 6 also continues to sell solidly.

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Take-Two’s dominant mainstays, Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 remain popular as always, as does Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch – which this week was revealed to be Nintendo’s highest-selling game in the franchise.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is essentially a 7-year-old game, with Mario Kart 8 being first releasing on the Wii U in 2014. Grand Theft Auto V was first released in 2013.

One nice surprise is seeing Bandai Namco’s The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes pop up in 10th position in Australia. This is the third entry in the choose-your-own-adventure horror series from Supermassive Games, who made a name themselves in the genre with the ultra-popular Until Dawn.

New Zealand has a few interesting quirks too, as always.

This time it’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War popping up in 8th position – curious because the new entry, Call of Duty Vanguard, is set to release soon. EA Sports UFC 4 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider also make an appearance – likely due to great sales at retail.

We look forward to next week’s charts, where we expect Call of Duty: Vanguard will likely hit the top spot in both countries. Melbourne studio Sledgehammer Games had significant involvement in this one, so we wish it all the best.

The full list of Australian and New Zealand sales data follows below, courtesy of GSD and IGEA.

Top Ten Games in Australia for 25-31 October 2021

1MARIO PARTY SUPERSTARSNINTENDO
2MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXYSQUARE ENIX
3RIDERS REPUBLICUBISOFT
4FIFA 22ELECTRONIC ARTS
5FAR CRY 6UBISOFT
6NBA 2K22TAKE 2
7MARIO KART 8 DELUXENINTENDO
8GRAND THEFT AUTO VTAKE 2
9RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2TAKE 2
10THE DARK PICTURES ANTHOLOGY: HOUSE OF ASHESBANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT

Top Top Ten Games in New Zealand for 25-31 October 2021

1MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXYSQUARE ENIX
2RIDERS REPUBLICUBISOFT
3FIFA 22ELECTRONIC ARTS
4GRAND THEFT AUTO VTAKE 2
5FAR CRY 6UBISOFT
6NBA 2K22TAKE 2
7RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2TAKE 2
8CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS COLD WARACTIVISION BLIZZARD
9EA SPORTS UFC 4ELECTRONIC ARTS
10SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDERSQUARE ENIX

Edmond is the managing editor of GamesHub. He was previously at GameSpot for 13 years, where he was the Australian Editor and an award-winning video producer. You can follow him @EdmondTran