This Week In Sales: Atlus Commit An Innocent Sin, Namco Go Super Again

By Ishaan . April 20, 2011 . 4:28pm

Period: The week of April 11th – April 17th (2011)

Top-seller: The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z – 307,019

Nintendo 3DS sales: 28,252 | Total sales: 897,095


The week of April 11th – 17th saw a flood of rather high-profile releases across the PSP and 3DS. On the frontlines was The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z, which sold an impressive 307,000 units in its first week. Namco continue to find success on the PSP.


Following at #2 was Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 by Konami on the PlayStation 3 at 86,486 units. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 actually charted on three different platforms during the week: PlayStation 3, PSP and Nintendo 3DS. The PSP version wasn’t far behind the PS3 one at around 71,000 units.


Here’s a fun fact though: last year, Pro Baseball Spirits 2010 had a stronger debut on PlayStation 3 (just like this year), but ultimately, it was the PSP version that sold more units by quite a wide margin. It should be interesting to see if the same happens this year.


Meanwhile, for some reason, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional actually sold double the amount of units compared to the week prior. For a version update, it’s currently sitting rather pretty at close to 300,000 units. For reference, the original Joker 2 has sold over 1.2 million units, and Professional will probably keep charting for another few weeks.


On to more new games! Atlus released Persona 2: Innocent Sin on the PSP. How’d it do? Well, it moved 62,721 units in its first week, which is a little lower than the Persona remake’s debut, and significantly lower than that of Persona 3 Portable (94,287).


And finally, we come to Pilotwings Resort, with sales of 26,554 units. As suggested before, 3DS hardware (and software as a result) isn’t likely to really take off until a release like, say, Mario Kart later in the year; although perhaps it could benefit with a smaller boost from Ocarina of Time 3D and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D in the summer.


Here’s the full top-20 chart for the week:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z 307,019 New PSP Namco Bandai
New 02. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 86,486 New PS3 Konami
02. 03. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional 86,364 291,769 DS Square Enix
New 04. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 71,264 New PSP Konami
New 05. Persona 2: Innocent Sin 62,721 New PSP Atlus
New 06. Pilotwings Resort 26,554 New 3DS Nintendo
New 07. Homefront 22,111 New PS3 Spike
01. 08. Earth Defense Force 2 Portable 16,898 80,693 PSP D3 Publisher
New 09. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 11,644 New 3DS Konami
10. 10. Dynasty Warriors 7 10,369 410,977 PS3 Tecmo Koei
03. 11. Amagami 9,378 102,447 PSP Kadokawa
04. 12. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection 8,996 163,942 PSP Square Enix
06. 13. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 8,371 4,437,948 PSP Capcom
New 14. Homefront 7,752 New 360 Spike
08. 15. Nintendogs + cats 7,421 189,939 3DS Nintendo
11. 16. Wii Party 6,950 1,853,384 Wii Nintendo
13. 17. Pokémon Black/White 5,881 5,150,023 DS Nintendo
09. 18. Dissidia 012[duodecim]: Final Fantasy 5,706 434,326 PSP Square Enix
10. 19. Phantasty Star Portable 2: Infinity 5,524 326,765 PSP Sega
12. 20. Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle 4,921 265,225 PS2 Level 5


Sales data obtained from 4Gamer, and Media-Create.

  • Just like Super Robot Wars. When it comes out nothing else matters. Look at that gap lol.

  • Exkaiser

    SRW Z2 is great. Definitely a takemymoney.jpg situation.

  • Not surprising at all, Super Robot Wars Z2 is simply the best game this month, and one of the alltime best PSP games!!!

    • Can you explain why is it so good O.o, is it a sequel or the game stands by itself?
      The only game with robots i could get myself into is the Eureka 7 games… And it wasnt only robots (that is what i liked the most) andddd zone of the enders

      • It’s the first part of a sequel to SRWZ on the PS2, though for the time the story actually stands on it’s own and has no big connections(for now). It’s good because it’s a great SRPG, I’m sure if you are into SRPG’s you won’t be disappointed with the game, another, and the far bigger point of success, is that it’s a uber big crossover of a lot of different robot animes in one, really good written, story(The interactions of the characters from different shows together are hilarious!!). It’s a lot about the fanservice of seeing your favorite series’ and robots kicking ass together in a fantastic story and world. Not to mention that the sprite animation in this game are by far the best I’ve seen yet, with the exception of BlazBlue maybe.
        This one is exceptionally good of a start for people who have only seen newer robo shows like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Eureka Seven or Code Geass, as all of them are in this game!!

        That said the actual gameplay is fun too, you do the normal SRPG things, you have an original character, who you can name yourself or leave it canon and an original mecha too. In the battles you do things like moving your unit on the map, attacking an enemy, spelling some skills on your unit, doing combo moves and all, though in intermission you can also upgrade your mech, give him new items and train the pilots, it has quite a bit of depth, though it’s definitely one of the easier SRPG’s out there. The last point is probably the great soundtrack of the different shows and the voice actors playing there roles in perfection!

        Well yeah, that’s it, those are the points which make the SRW series my favorite game series~ :3

  • Mario Kart is confirmed for 2011 release? Anyway, it seems like US sales will already exceed JPN 3DS sales this month, didnt think it would happen so fast.

    P2P Go!

    • Dude, your avatar from Seikon no Qwasser 2, right, as I can’t remember seeing her in 1? It’s already aired, huh…totally need to go watch it now!

    • Not sure if it’s gonna be Kart, but there’s going to be SOME kind of Mario game this year. I mean, they have three in development, and they need something to start selling 3DSes…

  • kupomogli

    So when is Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 coming to the US? Makes me sad we probably won’t see it.

    • Oddly, I dont recall hearing anything about Square Enix’s releases for this year beyond March. Maybe it will be an E3 announcement, seems all they do on twitter is talk about their epic E3 booth…though Im interested in the slate of titles they have for the year.

  • PrinceHeir

    imagine a Super Robot Wars game all of the mecha series including Zone of the Enders, Xenosaga, Ace Another Century, and Armored Core.

    that would sell millions O_O

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Even as a big SRW fan, I have to say….no, no it wouldn’t.

      The original Alpha was preety much the peak of the series beacuse it had the most shows that were popular among the mainstream audience and even that didn’t manage to go beyond 700k. On the other hand, the games you mentioned are all niché, which means their inclusion wouldn’t help substantially drive sales.

      Not that it matters, really. We’re unlikely to ever see Zone of the Enders and Xenosaga in SRW. The former beacuse Konami and Namdai hate each others’ guts and the latter beacuse there would be great difficulty trying to adapt a relatively non-mecha setting to a mecha one.

      • PrinceHeir

        well if konami happens to release ZOE3, they could help renew the series for people who are interested. seriously, who doesn’t like Yoji Shinkawa’s art? soo godlike :D

        though if konami and namco have been in dispute with each other that’s a shame :(

        xenosaga can be easily added in the series since they own it afterall not to mention they already have a game for it.

        oh well probably ZOE is the only mecha game in japan that haven’t been appeared in a SRW game. i want a ZOE3, ZOE in SRW, and a ZOE anime with the same graphics of Gundam 00.

        in conclusion, i want more ZOE :)

        • Tom_Phoenix

          I didn’t say Xenosaga would be difficult to add due to any copyright difficulties. It would be difficult to add simply beacuse it isn’t very mecha-focused. Heck, the entire reason they were able to add KOS-MOS into Endless Frontier was beacuse it was a sort of RPG/Fighting hybrid as opposed to a turn-based tactical game focused on mecha combat.

          As for Konami and Namdai. It’s not so much that they are in dispute as it is that they are very heated competitors. As such, they would sooner die than allow the competition benefit from their IPs.

          I agree it is a shame, though, beacuse I would have loved to see Fist of Mars featured in SRW.

          • It doesn’t need to be mecha focused, see Iczer for example. Actually Xenosaga has enough mechs + Erde Kaiser, it does have enough different big enemy types and mecha bosses so that’s no problem either, and KOS-MOS would simply be an on foot unit in the same vein as Tekkaman, Iczer and uhh..Master Asia?
            I’m pretty sure that Xenosaga will be in SRW sooner or later.

            At this time nothing is impossible, there were quite a few series which were said to never have a chance of appearance in SRW and they still got in, the recent Z2 is a great example with Tengen Toppa, Votoms and Dai-Guard. Then again it’s Konami we’re talking about~

          • Tom_Phoenix

            Except Iczer DID have mecha and the protagonists DID fight in one (namely, the Iczer Robo). Furthermore, while Tekkaman was technically not a mecha show, the fact that they fought in armoured suits was at least close to the concept (even then, thanks to Namco’s dispute with Tatsunoko, we are unlikely to ever again see Tekkaman in an SRW game). But we will see. Considering B.B. Studio is slowly starting to run out of material, WHO KNOWS what they might decide to utilise…

            And the Z2 debuts actually aren’t all that great of an example. VOTOMS was preety much guaranteed to eventually make a debut, it was only a matter of time and priorities. The only thing that was keeping Dai-Guard from SRW was the fact that its creator was not convinced the setting would necessarilly fit in. As for Gurren Lagann….well, as long as Konami held the video game license, it literally was IMPOSSIBLE for it to be featured. Only when that license expired was Gurren Lagann free to be featured in an SRW game.

          • @Tom Phoenix

            That’s almost the same in Xenosaga, they do have mechs and they fight in and with them, it’s not hard to make that concept of the game prioritize in SRW. Again KOS-MOS is a robot which is even more close than armoured suits, so she could be an on foot unit, nothing hard, she does have a lot of weapons too. I agree though it’s sad, as I wanted to see Tekkaman someday in a voiced SRW…

            Time and priorities is the same thing that holds on Xenosaga from being included, that’s why I listed Votoms, naturally you’re right that it was bound to end up in the game sooner or later. You got me there I cannot say much about that, I always wondered why Dai-Guard wasn’t in other SRW games, and so started to think it was a similar situation as the Brave series or Tengen Toppa, as for that I know it was because of the expiration of the license, but that’s what I meant with everythings possible for the time being, for some godly reason Konami could end up liking the idea of their mechs to be included in SRW, I even think that Kojima said something like how he would love that, I can’t tell for sure though. All I’m saying is it’s too soon to give up hope on things we don’t know for sure, hell I’m still waiting for MuvLuv, Demonbane and Nanoha(!) in SRW! xD

  • KCTHevr

    SRWZ2 Hakai Hen’s numbers are great, but I’m surprised it didn’t hit the 400k mark. I guess some people are waiting for the second part to come out and get them both at the same time.

  • Glad Dissidia is still in top 20.
    Though I did think that Persona 2 would have done better.

  • Croix

    I’m personally happy to see Layton still on the list…however, it’s not a PS2 game.

  • Damn. Well maybe they’ll hope that sending Persona 2 over the water for the first time will get better sales. Maybe part of the problem is getting reminded about the headaches in the original Persona gameplay.

  • Yui

    Uh, guys? Is Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle a PS2 game? You’ve listed it as such on the chart.

    Also, in the same vein as Exkaiser’s comment, this entire list makes me nope.jpg.

    Now, back to for me. :D

    • … Why is everybody into that cat now?

      • Yui

        …I don’t understand the question. Is there something…not to be into about it? :D

        • I… don’t have a proper answer to that. I’ll just think of it as another one of these weird social phenomena that came out of nowhere fast. Even reading the origins of it leads straight to something that just worked for some unexplainable reason. I managed to listen to it exactly 20 minutes straight just to test my patience.

          • Yui

            I think the best I can do is give you a rough approximation of my reasoning: I have a very addictive personality, and finding new addictions is nice. It’s a beautiful sound. Like I said to TS, I’m a big fan of ambient/white noise, so hearing this has sort of imprinted on me. But, you know. 20 minutes is certainly an achievement. :D

            (There’s worse stuff on the internet, anyway. I could direct you to some godawful loops that would crush your very mind upon hearing them. :P)

          • Zero_Destiny

            “There’s worse stuff on the internet, anyway.”
            No sir there is nothing better than GIRUGAMESH!!!!!!! XD

          • Zero_Destiny

            ;__; That far surpasses my ten minutes. And I was going to brag about it. Darn it. Now I need to sit back and chill out to the cat for awhile. Must beat your record!!!!!!!!!! XD
            Nyan nyan nya nyaa Nyam nyan
            Nyam Nyam nyan nyan lol Shouldn’t type while listening to it. @[email protected]

          • 20 minutes straight is the best I can do. Imagine my avatar pic in a manga setting, starting at “Alright, let’s see what’s all this about…” Then a couple of minutes later, “Eh… It’s not so bad…” Another few minutes pass by, I’m playing a portable. Yet another few minutes you can I’m starting to get irritated. About 15 minutes in, “I can handle a few more minutes…” At 20 minutes, “That’s enough.”

            In short, you can go beat my record if you want. I’m not going to do it again. Btw, I was only able to handle “Girugamesh” for about 5 seconds. “What exactly is this video?” “Girugamesh” *Closes video*

    •!/TristanPhD/statu … 8817442816
      I HAVE NYANED FOR 5757.4 SECONDS! via @nyannyanca

      Its so awesome to listen to in lab ^_^

      • Yui

        I’ve been alternating between it, the new Homestuck album, and RainyMood for quite a while now. It’s always fantastic to have ambient sound, and nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan. It’s in my head. XD

  • DDanny

    If anyone cares, Atlus JP censored Innocent Sin. Hitler’s name is now Fuhrer and he wears shades plus a trench coat, swatiskas have been replaced by iron crosses, Nazis are now called Imperial Empire.
    Well, it’s still obviously Hitler, but I doubt Atlus USA would censor it considering the stuff they already released.

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