Wednesday, February 6, 2008

NES Power Charts - Vol. 1 (July/August 1988)

For each month, I'm posting the chart in two forms. The first is exactly how the chart looked in Nintendo Power magazine. The second is the "real" chart, as it should have looked with all errors and typos corrected. It's possible to correct errors for the first 31 volumes because on the next page, the list of the top 30 for each of the three voting blocks (players, pros, & dealers) was published separately. So doing some math revealed any errors.

In the second chart, I've also listed every game which earned points in addition to the overall top 30. A game must have made the top 30 of one of the three categories to earn points.

Published Chart



Total
1 Legend Of Zelda 214
2 Punch Out 198
3 Metroid 138
4 Super Mario Bros. 113
5 Kid Icarus 79
6 RC Pro-Am 69
7 Ice Hockey 55
8 Rad Racer 48
9 Top Gun 39
10 Double Dribble 32
11 Pro Wrestling 31
12 Castlevania 26
13 Goonies 2 20
14 Kung Fu 20
15 Wizards & Warriors 17
16 Rush 'n Attack 15
17 Mega Man 15
18 Excitebike 14
19 Ikari Warriors 13
20 Spy Hunter 12
21 Baseball 11
22 Contra 11
23 Ghosts 'n Goblins 10
24 Side Pocket 9
25 Mario Bros. 8
26 Renegade 8
27 Section Z 7
28 Gradius 7
29 Ring King 6
30 Ryger 6


Errors: All of the point totals are messed up; they've cut off the last digit for each game. Mario Bros. should move up one spot to 24. Ring King and Ryger should be tied for 29th.


Real Chart



Total
Players Pros Dealers
1 Legend Of Zelda 2144
1496 323 325
2 Punch Out 1987
1577 166 244
3 Metroid 1388
879 314 195
4 Super Mario Bros. 1133
943 86 104
5 Kid Icarus 794
587 62 145
6 RC Pro-Am 691

146 545
7 Ice Hockey 552
39 70 443
8 Rad Racer 486
308 26 152
9 Top Gun 392
166 16 210
10 Double Dribble 326
215 20 91
11 Pro Wrestling 315
212 16 87
12 Castlevania 265
122 42 101
13 Goonies 2 206

66 140
14 Kung Fu 200
89
111
15 Wizards & Warriors 179
79 100
16 Rush 'n Attack 158
71 18 69
17 Mega Man 155
41 70 44
18 Excitebike 140
67
73
19 Ikari Warriors 135
66
69
20 Spy Hunter 126
50
76
21 Baseball 119
45
74
22 Contra 111
57 54
23 Ghosts 'n Goblins 107
28 24 55
24 Mario Bros. 103
41 16 46
25 Side Pocket 94

94
26 Renegade 83
83

27 Section Z 79

32 47
28 Gradius 71
35 36
29 Ring King 68
50 18
29 Ryger 68

68








Zanac 56

56

Golf 56


56

Stinger 46


46

Gotcha 45


45

Slalom 42


42

Spelunker 41


41

Duck Hunt 40


40

10 Yard Fight 39
39


Popeye 39


39

Karnov 34
34


Trojan 31
31


Deadly Towers 30

30

Tiger Heli 29
29


Kid Niki 27
27


Raid On Bungling Bay 18

18

Athena 14

14

Solomon's Key 14

14

Arkanoid 14

14

2 comments:

Brett Travis said...

Thanks to the Dealers' Charts I was able to come up with actual sales projections. Multiply the raw figure by 90 (for this month) takes us to nationwide representation. After much analysis I determined this month represented April sales:

Nintendo Power Dealer's Top 30 Picks: x90
Apr-1988 1 NES Ice Hockey Nintendo 443 79,740
NP Jul/Aug 88 2 NES Legend of Zelda Nintendo 325 58,500
3 NES R.C. Pro-Am Racing Nintendo 545 49,050
4 NES Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Nintendo 244 32,940
5 NES Super Mario Bros. Nintendo 104 28,080
6 NES Kung Fu Nintendo 111 19,980
7 NES Excitebike Nintendo 73 19,710
8 NES Top Gun Konami 210 18,900
9 NES Metroid Nintendo 195 17,550
10 NES Rad Racer Nintendo 152 13,680
11 NES Baseball Nintendo 74 13,320
12 NES Kid Icarus Nintendo 145 13,050
13 NES Goonies II Konami 140 12,600
14 NES Golf Nintendo 56 10,080
15 NES Castlevania Konami 101 9,090
16 NES Double Dribble Konami 91 8,190
17 NES Pro Wrestling Nintendo 87 7,830
18 NES Spy Hunter Sunsoft 76 6,840
19 NES Ikari Warriors SNK 69 6,210
20 NES Rush 'n Attack Konami 69 6,210
21 NES Ghosts 'n Goblins Capcom 55 4,950
22 NES Section Z Capcom 47 4,230
23 NES Stinger Konami 46 4,140
24 NES Mario Bros. Nintendo 46 4,140
25 NES Gotcha! LJN 45 4,050
26 NES Mega Man Capcom 44 3,960
27 NES Slalom Nintendo 42 3,780
28 NES Spelunker Broderbund 41 3,690
29 NES Duck Hunt Nintendo 40 3,600
30 NES Popeye Nintendo 39 3,510

Brett Travis said...

I did this for every month that we had the Dealer's charts (up to late '91).