This Week In Sales: Strip-Combo Training Kicks Off With Akiba’s Trip

By Ishaan . May 25, 2011 . 4:32pm

Period: The week of May 16th – May 22nd (2011)

Top-seller: Akiba’s Trip – 58,150

Nintendo 3DS sales: 17,240 | Total sales: 1,013,259

 

The week of May 16th – 22nd saw the Nintendo 3DS finally cross the 1 million mark. Weekly sales remained slow at 17,240 units, however, owing to the as yet unchanged lack of popular software to persuade consumers to invest in the system.

 

Software-wise, Akiba’s Trip occupied the top spot in the software sales chart, with 58,150 copies sold. That’s 58,150 people learning to protect Akihabara against a potential vampire threat…and learning to perform continuous strip combos.

 

At #2 was Dead or Alive: Dimensions for the Nintendo 3DS. The Team Ninja game sold 23,078 copies in its first week on store shelves. For comparison, Dead or Alive 4 for the Xbox 360 debuted at 44,853 copies at the end of 2005. It launched a month after the release of the Xbox 360 in Japan, and was an anticipated game for the system.

 

Following at #4 was Gungnir, while Portal 2 also charted at #6 (PS3) and #20 (360). The full top-20 chart for the week is as follows:

 

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Akiba’s Trip 58,150 New PSP Acquire
New 02. Dead or Alive: Dimensions 23,078 New 3DS Tecmo Koei
01. 03. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional 19,290 494,793 DS Square Enix
New 04. Gungnir 16,355 New PSP Atlus
05. 05. Patapon 3 11,458 95,341 PSP Sony
New 06. Portal 2 8,942 New PS3 Electronic Arts
06. 07. Professional Baseball Spirits 2011 8,032 160,066 PSP Konami
11. 08. Wii Party 5,043 1,891,324 Wii Nintendo
14. 09. Pokémon Black/White 4,767 5,181,982 DS Nintendo
03. 10. Steel Diver 4,583 21,991 3DS Nintendo
09. 11. Professional Baseball Spirits 2011 4,401 151,465 PS3 Konami
10. 12. The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z 4,100 403,064 PSP Namco Bandai
12. 13. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 3,902 4,474,713 PSP Capcom
04. 14. Reminiscences of Haruhi Suzumiya
3,758 18,711 PSP Namco Bandai
New 15. Eliminage Original 3,625 New PSP Starfish SD
18. 16. Mario Kart Wii 3,562 3,228,399 Wii Nintendo
02. 17. Reminiscences of Haruhi Suzumiya
3,529 22,360 PS3 Namco Bandai
08. 18. Tale of the Last Promise 3,518 89,054 PSP Imageepoch
New 19. Portal 2 3,468 New 360 Electronic Arts
16. 20. Nintendogs + cats 3,192 221,708 3DS Nintendo

 

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and Geimin.net.


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  • d19xx

    I hope Akiba’s Trip sells at least 100k, even though I know there’s no chance of seeing a release outside Japan. Also, with the less than stellar sales of DOA, I hope Tecmo Koei considers a PSP port.

    • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

      It will be hard for that game to come, it has, besides the ripping clothes stuff, some (almost in da face) sex innuendos, a lot of crossdressing, a lot of anime stuff all around, you can dress your sister however you want by paying her, a maid cafe…

      But if there is a company that (more than “to want” to localize) GET the OK to localize them, may god bless and protect ‘em

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2BOP4Z5KE5N7T5MUGIV6TEFMT4 Thomas

        Why would any of that be problematic? Sounds like a simple M rating to me.

        • d19xx

          Double standards. Games with adult theme made outside Japan can be slapped with an M rating. Japanese games with some questionable content will get a lynching from parents and some choice un-researched words from Fox and CNN.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2BOP4Z5KE5N7T5MUGIV6TEFMT4 Thomas

            …all of which contributes to sales, since “taboo” games are generally MORE desired by the masses.

            If anyone WERE to release this game here, all they’d have to do is make sure their ESRB submission is very thorough. As long as a company can’t be accused of withholding pertinent examples of violence or sexuality from the ESRB, there’s not really anything parents, Fox or CNN could actually DO, other than complain. And complaining is essentially free advertising. (:

          • Zero_Destiny

            Nah I think most of this stuff is under their radar. Only if someone else makes a big stink about it will the news get on it. That’s what I think. The news mostly ignores the real naughty animes and mangas and when it comes to games like Visual Novels, PERSONA, Ar Tonelico, etc. they don’t ven know they exist. I don’t even think Akiba’s Trip would be a blip on their radar to be honest.

        • FireCouch

           It would sell like crap.  I’d say that’s problematic.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2BOP4Z5KE5N7T5MUGIV6TEFMT4 Thomas

            That IS the big concern, yeah: would it sell?

            But as far as content goes, I don’t see any real issue — that was the only point I was trying to make. (:

          • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

            Oh yeah, that is what i was talking about, the selling fact xD, the content is what might make it not too “popular” around here

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2BOP4Z5KE5N7T5MUGIV6TEFMT4 Thomas

            To WildArms:

            You forget, though… sex sells! And the mere fact that it’s such an over-the-top game, with stripping as a central theme, might actually be a boon to its popularity here.

            It would be risky, definitely… but I do hope SOMEBODY picks it up. It looks pretty awesome. (:

          • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

            No doubt about it >8D, i think the one more suited for Akiba’s trip is Aksys xD, let’s hope they can somehow get it here!

        • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

          I don’t know, with some behavors i’ve seen, it seems like there is a lot of people that buy games depending on reviews in the US, so i imagine that, the reviewers like always, would try to be funny and talk about all that mainly, and people might just think of it as a fanservice game and might not be interested, or talk stupid things, or they may just say that and buy it secretly, i dont know xD…

          I think this game would really be a bet for company, dont misunderstand me though, i would gladly buy it in english… But i think companies dont bring games when they are too… uhh… “japanese” for a way to put it, because it seems they don’t sell well. I don’t know how things work there anyway, so this is just my way to see things after all i’ve seen.

          (i wonder how kenka bancho did anyway? If Atlus didnt bring any other, i think it wasnt that good either? Even if it gave plus to their numbers, maybe it wasnt enough…)

          Seriously though, it just seems the game would be hard to localize for it’s content, or too risky?, but this is just me and around 7~8 years of following and being part of the games industry. Most people here don’t seem to be (sadly) as open minded as japan in this area D:

          But maybe those things are starting to change….? (EX: agarest wars?)
          Anyway, i will do my part and get it if it ever gets an english release :D

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    Nicely done akiba’s trip! :D And woah, haruhi didnt made that much of an impact D:

    Also, i think gungir did well, i hope it comes!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3WYMREBHZWTQ6MVXY2N7IGFDOE Ibr Far

    Portal 2
    Weekly sales- 8942

    I am dissapoint Japan

    • http://honorless.net honorless

      I guess the 3468 who bought it on 360 are nonentities?

      Portal 2′s main audience is most likely on PC (…and outside of Japan) anyway.

      • 5parrowhawk

        Interesting: Portal 2 is getting fairly serious advertising in Japan, at least on the internet. I’ve been seeing ads for it nearly every time I hit NND.

  • http://honorless.net honorless

    Looks like there’s a typo on the Haruhi PS3 line—shouldn’t it be 3,529?

    …Just over 3k is still top 20 territory. Yikes.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Fixed, thanks!

  • http://www.nisamerica.com NickyD

    Nice to see TotLP still in the top 20, but I echo honorless’ sentiments:

    …Just over 3k is still top 20 territory. Yikes.

  • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

    akibaoooooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!! love that store

  • http://twitter.com/mangeezer jerry

    DoA sales seem weak, guess everyone’s waiting for Zelda

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Ojsinnerz Firo_Prochainezo

    Hm. Seems like a slow week in sales.

  • PrinceHeir

    let’s see how Pandora’s Tower sell next week :D

  • malek86

    Akiba’s Trip sold more than I thought! But DOAD sold less than I thought. And Gungnir sold just as much as I thought, that’s par for the course for Sting games. Either way having games with 4k sales in the top 10 can’t be a good sign.

    And on the hardware side, things are going terribly as usual, except for the PSP. Another push, and the Wii will fall into Xbox 360 territory.

    I can see why developers are worried about the state of the japanese market. I mean, the Xbox 360 in the USA, or the PS3 in Europe, can sell as many units in a week as all of the consoles put together in Japan.

    • Joanna

      Indeed. And software sales aren’t so hot either. It would be great if this made more Japanese companies push their games more aggressively in other parts of the world, but seems like it’s just pushing the niche titles (JRPGs) further and further into low budget territory (not necessarily a bad thing, but it could certainly cause a great many more ambitions projects, even on handhelds, to be cut down to fit the projected profits) and Japanese companies attempting to copy western style games, bringing JRPGs even further into the niche of the niche. These numbers just make me sad. :(

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