This Week In Sales: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Breaks Out In Japan

By Ishaan . June 11, 2011 . 1:31pm

Period: The week of May 30th – Jun 5th (2011)

Top-seller: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D – 58,792

Nintendo 3DS sales: 27,357 | Total sales: 1,064,899

Ishaan’s note: This column usually goes up on Wednesdays, but had to be pushed back due to E3. Apologies for the delay; regular schedule will resume next week.


Last week saw the release of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D – find our recent playtest here — providing the Nintendo 3DS with another slight boost of about 3,000 units as compared to the week prior. The Mercenaries 3D held the top spot in the software sales chart at nearly 59,000 units, followed by One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP.


5pb’s all-gals fighter, Phantom Breaker, also made its debut during the week at 9,960 units, while several of the more popular usual contenders in the software chart (such as Pokémon and Monster Hunter) rose up in position due to it being a relatively slow week with few new releases.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D 58,792 New 3DS Capcom
01. 02. One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP 16,753 97,241 3DS Namco Bandai
12. 12. Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS 11,014 119,391 DS Nintendo
07. 04. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional 10,729 519,496 DS Square Enix
02. 05. Warriors: Legends of Troy 10,306 41,734 PS3 Tecmo Koei
New 06. Phantom Breaker 9,960 New 360 5pb
04. 07. Akiba’s Trip 9,222 83,954 PSP Acquire
03. 08. Pandora’s Tower: Until I Return to Your Side 8,436 29,881 Wii Nintendo
08. 09. Patapon 3 7,018 111,493 PSP Sony
05. 10. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Tendou with Power-Up Kit 6,390 21,846 PS3 Tecmo Koei
10. 11. Professional Baseball Spirits 6,305 174,765 PSP Konami
06. 12. Treasure Report 6,158 20,461 DS Namco Bandai
11. 13. Wii Party 5,703 1,904,952 Wii Nintendo
16. 14. Pokémon Black/White 5,513 5,192,693 DS Nintendo DS
21. 15. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 4,051 4,483,072 PSP Capcom
19. 16. Mario Kart Wii 3,991 3,236,908 Wii Nintendo
25. 17. Wii Fit Plus 3,365 2,320,606 Wii Nintendo
24. 18. Nintendogs + cats 3,349 228,803 3DS Nintendo
27. 19. Super Robot Taisen: The Second Z 3,235 409,847 PSP Namco Bandai
20. 20. Gungnir 3,228 24,098 PSP Atlus


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

  • Gotta admit that Phantom Breaker did twice the sales I expected :O.
    Almost 2x as much as Bullet Soul, not that their budgets were close…?

    • malek86

      Yeah, I was expecting lower numbers for PB. Maybe the Steins Gate anime helped.

      By the way, the 3DS seems to be getting a bit better.

      • d19xx

        Well there’s practically no competition. 

        • Nope it’s finally getting games people want. Also those games have content people want. A co op Resident Evil, and One Piece game that covers the war!

  • d19xx

    Looks like even Japan has a shortage of new PSP titles. :(

  • PrinceHeir

    why didn’t they just used the movement and gameplay style of mercenaries 3D for Operation Raccoon City?

    i mean it literally looks like Socom Confrontation, sound effects, movement, aiming.

    need more 3DS games :(

    • It’s almost certainly because one of the biggest complaints about Resident Evil in general of late has been the tank-like controls and the inability to move and shoot at the same time, which is understandable, since the mainline REs are more action-oriented now. I can’t really argue with that notion either — playing RE4 and 5 on a Wii Remote, Mouse/Keyboard or PS Move feels great, but it’s harder to come to terms with on a traditional gamepad.

      Mercs 3D was developed sort of like an “experiment” to get a feel for the 3DS prior to Revelations, which is supposed to be the older, scarier style of Resident Evil. That’s why they both control like RE4/5, but with the ability to move and shoot within certain limits.

      • PrinceHeir

        hmm agree but 3D Mercenaries seems to be a huge step in terms of movement and aiming.

        plus they have perks so i don’t know :

        • I don’t think things like having perks makes it a bad game though. Like, I feel like Mercs 3D could have perks and people wouldn’t give it a second thought. It already has a skill/customization system. Raccoon City’s just getting hate because it’s a more traditional third-person shooter. :p

  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional isn’t it a DS game? didn’t know there was a 3DS version. anyway next week is gonna be huge thanks to yakuza finally releasing in japan..

    • BelmontHeir

      I’m pretty sure that’s a typo and it’s a DS game, cause it’s gonna be one of the last DS games S-E is bringing over to the US.

    • Whoops, fixed! Thanks for that. :)

  • It’s sad that no one is paying attention to Treasure Report:(

    • BelmontHeir

      You know, the art style seems more Western so…you never know, it might end up doing better over here.

  • pandara tower only 30.000 …. what a shame … translate it to make a quick bucks

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