This Week In Sails: One Piece Cruises Onto The Nintendo 3DS

By Ishaan . June 1, 2011 . 4:30pm

Period: The week of May 23rd – May 29th (2011)

Top-seller: One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP – 80,488

Nintendo 3DS sales: 24,283 | Total sales: 1,037,542


One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP provided the Nintendo 3DS with a bit of a boost upon its release last week, with the game itself claiming the top spot on the software sales chart at close to 85,000 units sold. 3DS hardware sales rose from sub-18k units the week prior to just over 24,000 units.


Meanwhile Pandora’s Tower: Until I Return to Your Side didn’t fare as well in terms of hard numbers, but this is now more or less the norm for any Wii releases that aren’t identifiably high-profile, given the state of the Wii market in Japan at present. Pandora’s Tower sold 21,445 units during the week.


Cave also released Red Katana Shin for the Xbox 360 the same week, selling as little as 5,603 copies of the game. For the sake of comparison, Deathsmiles 2X sold 16,112 copies on the Xbox 360 during the week of its own debut in 2010.


As far as current releases go, Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS reappeared at #12 on the software sales chart for the week, after being completely absent the week prior. In fact, the game wasn’t even in the top-50, which makes us wonder what happened. A complete shortage of copies, perhaps?


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP 80,488 New 3DS Namco Bandai
New 02. Warriors: Legends of Troy 31,428 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 03. Pandora’s Tower: Until I Return to Your Side 21,445 New Wii Nintendo
01. 04. Akiba’s Trip 16,582 74,732 PSP Acquire
New 05. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Tendou with Power-Up Kit 15,456 New PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 06. Treasure Report 14,304 New DS Namco Bandai
03. 07. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional 13,974 508,767 DS Square Enix
05. 08. Patapon 3 9,134 104,475 PSP Sony
New 09. Iza, Shutsujin! Koisen
9,008 New PSP QuinRose
07. 10. Professional Baseball Spirits 2011 8,394 168,460 PSP Konami
08. 11. Wii Party 7,925 1,899,249 Wii Nintendo
?? 12. Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS 6,443 108,377 DS Nintendo
New 13. Memories Off: Yubikiri no Kikou
6,310 New PSP 5pb
New 14. Red Stone DS: The Guided Persons with Crimson Will
6,062 New DS GameOn
New 15. Red Katana Shin 5,603 New 360 Cave
09. 16. Pokémon Black/White 5,197 5,187,179 DS Nintendo
02. 17. Dead or Alive: Dimensions
5,072 28,150 3DS Tecmo Koei
New 18. Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland (PlayStation 3 the Best) 4,660 New PS3 Gust
16. 19. Mario Kart Wii 4,518 3,232,917 Wii Nintendo
04. 20. Gungnir 4,515 20,870 PSP Atlus


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and

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  • Barrit

    Although Pandora’s Tower is #3, is 21,445 considered “good” for a Wii title? Even though the development costs are less than HD games, that still sounds really low.

    • HarryHodd

      Bomb. 21k is very low for a jrpg.

  • TenRX

    One Piece is one of the top manga for readers, more like that settles the top in the sales ranking also.

    Ouch for Gungnir in the other way…

  • So come aboard and bring along all your hopes and dreams, together we will find everything that were lookin for, One Piece! (  Go Luffy-kun, go! (and ZoSan! FTW) 

    Fantastic Sails!

    • Zero_Destiny

      Oh man that reminds how well Vic can really sing. The cover was pretty good. I like his DNAngel song too. :D


      But Oh man Funimation really has done good with One Piece. Because of you I had to go back on watch some of the DVDs. lol They got the emotions done so well in the dub. And the fights are still awesome too. One Piece dub is just so great. ^_^

      Luffy vs. Crocodile
      Luffy vs. Eneru
      Ussop’s Speech
      March to Arlong
      Zoro and Nami bickering
      Nami Freaking Out
      Luffy and Ace

      The dub is just so great. There’s so many great little moments in it. I love that dub. <3 Good times. :)

      • blah blah

        Is it weird that I think Luffy sounds constipated?
        Besides that, everyone sounds fine

  • That makes 4 bombs in a row for CAVE, guess we shouldn’t expect any more shmups, at least not on the 360 :(

  • mikanko

    Would like to see Akai Katana and Atelier Totori do better.  =/

    • Well it’s “the Best” edition for Totori, I believe it sold over 100.000 copies at its time, which would be considered “good”?

      • mikanko

        ah, I wasn’t paying much attention.

  • Aoshi00

    I’ve heard only good things for Pandora’s Tower.. and the Akai Katana Shin demo was awesome.. too bad good games don’t always sell..  can’t wait for my copies from AmiAmi (I just got my first Saint Seiya Cloth Myth, Pisces, so awesome! I’ve stepped into a deep trap now..) but need to finish LA Noire fast..

  • HarryHodd

    Seems like low sales all around. I guess the top two aren’t too bad.

  • AnimeRemix

    Now if only this One Piece game would get announced for a American release…

  • Darkrise

    Things aren’t looking too good for Akai Katana and neither is Gungnir… =( It’s all low sales.

    • malek86

      I don’t see how Gungnir is doing badly. Those numbers are pretty much the same as any other Sting game from the last 5 years. You’d guess they already expected it and budgeted accordingly.

      Akai Katana is doing pretty badly though. I wonder if that will change something in Cave’s plans for the 360. Probably not, but we should see at least a decrease in output… they have been publishing too many games in so little time.

  • Ultima Arcana

    Wow, I knew Pandora’s Tower wasn’t going to break any records or anything, but 21k is absolutely abysmal. I was guessing it would at least make 40-50k. For comparison’s sake, when The Last Story debuted just back in February it sold 114k copies.

    Also, something that’s worth pointing out is that this is the first week since it’s debut back on December 1st that Monster Hunter Portable 3rd didn’t make top 20, although that’s very obviously because of the announcement of the PS3 version.

  • Akai Katana ;_;

  • Akai Katana looks like a great game as well. It could very well be the case that CAVE games will be selling better in the West soon enough. I really hope CAVE is able to find some success here. Do you think that CAVE has simply ported too many games over to the 360 and now the novelty has worn off?

  • Gee, I sure wish One Piece would sail to American shores…

  • Reading these week after week over the year, it just seems nothing is selling as well in Japan. I rarely saw a top ten with 4 digit sales before this year. I can’t solely blame the earthquake as well because this trend started before that.

  • DOA is having a dificult time here =S

  • dee1234

     please sigin for usa if u love one piece

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