This Week In Sales: Spike Deal The Old One-Two With Kenka Bancho 4 and Shiren 4

By Ishaan . March 7, 2010 . 2:31pm


Since we’re past February, following are the hardware sales numbers for the entire month:


Rank System Sales
01. PSP 152,590
02. Wii 141,543
03. PlayStation 3 110,694
04. DSi XL 104,659
05. DSi 68,164
06. DS Lite 21,151
07. Xbox 360 11,062
08. Playstation 2 7,711
09. PSP go 5,799


It’s worth pointing out, with Nintendo DS sales dropping and no new major releases on the horizon, it’s possible we’ll hear news of a DS successor this year.


In terms of software, the week of Feb 22 – 28 was extremely interesting sales-wise. Japan saw the release of a long queue of relatively low-profile releases, the large majority of which were portable. Publisher Spike had a decent week with Kenka Bancho 4 and Shiren the Wanderer 4 both debuting in the top-ten chart. Meanwhile, it would appear boobs spelt certain success for the new Super Robot Taisen OG Saga, which, along with God Eater, gave Namco Bandai a two-game presence in the top-ten as well.


Following is the top-ten chart for the week of Feb 22 – 28. More sales tidbits after the chart (as always, do note all sales information outside of the top-ten is an approximation):


LW TW Title Tw sales Tot. sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Kenka Bancho 4: The One Year War 71,504 New PSP Spike
New 02. Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier Exceed 64,805 New DS Namco Bandai
01. 03. Resident Evil 5: Alternate Edition 47,815 191,154 PS3 Capcom
03. 04. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 45,369 3,411,665 Wii Nintendo
02. 05. God Eater 44,717 514,549 PSP Namco Bandai
New 06. Hot Shots Tennis 44,603 New PSP SCE
New 07. Shiren the Wanderer 4 40,703 New DS Spike
05. 08. Tomodachi Collection 33,325 2,881,991 DS Nintendo
07. 09. Wii Fit Plus 29,787 1,694,292 Wii Nintendo
04. 10. Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie 26,474 1,243,608 DS Square Enix


Also of interest were some other new releases for the week, namely Borderlands for the 360 (15,400) and Estpolis: The Lands Cursed by the Gods for DS (11,700). Not quite a remarkable showing for Estopolis. Joining them was BlazBlue Portable, which managed 13,100 units. That BlazBlue number was rather surprising, so we dug up info on the debut of the console versions, for the sake of comparison:


BlazBlue (PS3) – 33,768 (46,000 approx. to date)

BlazBlue (360) – 24,812 (33,000 approx. to date)


Faring worse than all of these, however, were Shounen Oni Ninden Tsumuji — a DS game developed specifically for Japan by Electronic Arts — and Jaleco’s WizMan’s World, both of which weren’t on the charts. The latter reportedly sold 2,374 of the 4,883 units that were shipped to retail. That’s around 2,000 2ch posters that probably bought the game.


The week also saw the release of the first batch of the Everyone’s Recommendation Selection budget re-releases on Wii. Here are the numbers available to us on that front. Keep in mind these are approximations, and not 100% accurate:


(ERS) Muramasa: The Demon Blade – 6,700

(ERS) One Piece Unlimited Cruise: Episode 1 – 8,300


Unfortunately, no numbers are available as of now for (ERS) Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and (ERS) 428: Fuusasareta Shibuya de, but both games charted at the bottom of the overall list for the week. Speaking of bottom, that’s also where Cross†Channel for the PSP debuted at around 4,500 units.

  • ECM

    Since we’re past February, following are the hardware sales numbers for the entire month…

    Uh, no: those are sales totals for a week, not for an entire month.

    • Ugh, I pasted the wrong chart from my notes. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • Ereek

    This week seems to have a rather depressing tone, don’t you think? Instead of posting all of the high sales, you focused on the low sales.

    • It does have a depressing tone. Being negative wasn’t my intention at all, though…it was just a week full of really interesting low-profile releases, and rather than coming across as negative, the intention was to put the spotlight on them. Spike had a really good week though. :)

  • Joanna

    “It’s worth pointing out, with Nintendo DS sales dropping and no new major releases on the horizon, it’s possible we’ll hear news of a DS successor this year.”

    Yes but taking DS lite, DSi and DSi XL all together, DS is still number one this week. So, I don’t see the problem. By your logic, Sony needs to release a successor to the PSP. Not that I wouldn’t mind a DS successor, it’s seems right about time, but I’m just pointing out that it’s strange for everyone to focus on the DS successor rather than the PSP successor.

    • You’re right, all three together do beat out the other systems. However, I don’t think Nintendo necessarily measure their success relative to their competitors. The PSP doesn’t have half as many huge hits releasing periodically for it as the DS does, and yet, the difference isn’t that great.

      It’s also kind of strange that in terms of new game announcements, it’s been very quiet on the DS front. Nothing in the magazines, no announcements from Nintendo either (aside from Pokémon, which may or may not be for the current DS line)…almost like developers in Japan are ramping down production on DS games.

      • jj984jj

        We’re taking about Japan, PSP has just as many releases as the DS does there in 2010 and a fair few heavy hitters so far like Kingdom Hearts BbS, God Eater, and Valkyria Chronicles 2. And as you can see by this week’s chart, a PSP game is at the very top.

        As far as DS releases go, they are more and more commonly revealed very close to their release and it’s been this way for a while. DQM Joker 2 was announced and got a release date mere days later. That SRW game leaked hasn’t even been formally revealed yet and it’s coming out in May! The DS market seems pretty healthy in Japan even though gamers in the west seem to be more than ready for Nintendo’s next handheld. I’d agree that Nintendo could just as easily announced a successor to the system is coming out tomorrow with DS games being revealed so close to their release becoming the norm rather than the exception, it wouldn’t surprise me if Nintendo did something like that anymore. That’s not really proof that a successor is coming sooner though, just more speculation.

  • JeremyR

    I was going to say, it’s worth pointing out that the DSi market is split between two models, and if you combine them, they would be the top seller. Thus it being really silly to release new hardware.

    But I see someone beat me to it.

  • jj984jj

    It’s too bad about Estpolis, I heard it turned out pretty well.

  • Dude… all that truly matter here… is that Kenka Bancho 4 & Shiren 4 are both out! Woot!

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