This Week In Sales: The Golden Week Effect

By Ishaan . May 11, 2011 . 4:32pm

Period: The week of May 2nd – May 8th (2011)

Top-seller: Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional – 43,886 | Total sales: 454,781

Nintendo 3DS sales: 29,149 | Total sales: 977,695


Just like the week prior, this week’s sales post also covers the Golden Week period in Japan, which runs from April 29th – May 5th every year. The holiday effect is very evident in the week’s top-20 chart (below), which depicts a number of popular games seeing a boost in sales.


Still at the #1 position, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional continues to sell well, no doubt aided partly by the Golden Week effect. Interestingly, Pokémon Black/White overtook Monster Hunter Portable 3rd during Golden Week, while New Super Mario Bros. Wii shot up from the #30 spot to #16, with Wii Sports Resort close behind it. Donkey Kong Country Returns, too, saw a boost of its own.


Meanwhile, Professional Baseball Spirits 2011 on the PSP has overtaken its PlayStation 3 counterpart, just as one suspected it eventually would. Also on the PSP front, The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z remains in the top-10, at #5.


Behind it at #4, Tale of the Last Promise is now at 78,621 units sold, according to Media-Create. We wonder how much of an effect the PlayStation Network downtime is having on its sales. If you recall, Imageepoch were planning a charity drive with the downloadable version of the game on PSN.


The top-20 chart for the week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional 43,886 454,781 DS Square Enix
04. 02. Patapon 3 21,546 70,924 PSP Sony
07. 03. Professional Baseball Spirits 2011 20,090 141,869 PSP Konami
02. 04. Tale of the Last Promise 18,185 78,621 PSP Imageepoch
06. 05. The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z 13,670 392,674 PSP Namco Bandai
08. 06. Professional Baseball Spirits 2011 12,754 140,478 PS3 Konami
11. 07. Wii Party 12,433 1,881,598 Wii Nintendo
20. 08. Pokémon: Black/White 9,868 5,172,829 DS Nintendo
12. 09. Nintendogs + cats 9,643 214,838 3DS Nintendo
22. 10. Mario Kart Wii 9,298 3,221,200 Wii Nintendo
10. 11. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 9,019 4,466,245 PSP Capcom
28. 12. Donkey Kong Country Returns 8,944 892,946 Wii Nintendo
03. 13. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron 8,579 66,684 PS3 Ignition
13. 14. Pilotwings Resort 8,260 54,407 3DS Nintendo
05. 15. Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS 7,499 99,485 DS Nintendo
30. 16. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 6,973 4,281,175 Wii Nintendo
29. 17. Wii Sports Resort 6,809 329,832 Wii Nintendo
16. 18. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection 6,560 186,012 PSP Square Enix
15. 19. Detective Conan: Rondo of the Blue Jewel 6,253 34,749 DS Namco Bandai
21. 20. Earth Defense Force 2 Portable 6,055 102,261 DS D3 Publisher


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

  • Well, i imagine tales of the last promise should already be in blue numbers, so imagepooch should at least be relaxed, it still had sold more than patapon 3, a new franchise sold more than the 3rd part of a decent franchise x0x, or maybe japanese are just tired of patapon xD

  • solbalmung

    It has been less than a month since Tales Of The last Promise first released (If my memory serves me right, it was 28 april..) and it has sold 78k units so far.I hope its not a bad number (for half a month since commercialisation).But I remember that ImageEpoch CEO was aiming for 150k units (or was he hoping to achieve that number of sales?), so I hope that IE won’t be dissapointed in their first self made and published title and BANZAI FOR JRPS!!!!

    • malek86

      Maybe they were hoping for the PSN version to get a good part of the sales as well (considering the lower price and especially the charity deal, gamers actually seem to be a sensitive bunch). Bad timing, alas. Maybe they will still do it though.

      But it could be worse, it could be Chunsoft.

      • And after seeing a lot of new franchise until now, i think 78k is REALLY good for a new game, especially in japan, but seriously i imagine the could have a better number with the psn sales, it’s really a shame what happened, damn hax0rz

    • Ereek

      The question is more of: did they wanted 150k Worldwide, or 150k from Japan alone?

  • Aoshi00

    My copy of Tale of the Last Promise just came.. AmiAmi was nice enough to include the pre-order artbook too.. the artbook is okay.. it’s a fold out booklet within in a hard outer cover.. and inside there’s the Black Rock Shooter preview DVD or something.. and I got my very first “bookstore card” too, the shower one yay :)

    Will try the game in a bit, haven’t played my PSP seriously in months… I don’t like it it doesn’t hold a charge like the DS does.. battery’s always drained when I haven’t played it for a while.

    • im pretty used to have the charging plug there xD my hand just fixed itself (and earphones cable x-x)

      • Aoshi00

        I don’t play w/ my PSP too much so… if I take the battery out the charge wouldn’t drain though, or as fast.. but it’s a pain to take it out and put it back in.. I usually don’t charge my DS until I see the red light come on..

        Hopefully I could sink more hours into this game, I neglect the Wii and the PSP the most…

  • Zero_Destiny

    Go Dragon Quest Monsters Joker II Pro. Keep selling!!!!!!! ^_^ I remember this week fondly in my play of P4. I spent it with Nanako-chan. :3 Oh she’s so cute.

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