This Week In Sales: Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D Is Nintendo 3DS’ Epona

By Ishaan . June 22, 2011 . 4:31pm

Period: The week of Jun 13th – Jun 19th (2011)

Top-seller: The Little Battlers – 166,187

Nintendo 3DS sales: 40,649 | Total sales: 1,130,197


This week’s sales chart is an exciting one, and there’s a lot to cover, so let’s jump right in. Last week saw the release of two very high-profile games: The Little Battlers (PSP) from Level 5 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (3DS) from Nintendo. The former took the top spot in the sales chart, coming in at 166,187 units.


Level 5 included a do-it-yourself model of the AX-00 Achilles, a robot in the game, with every copy of The Little Battlers. For a new franchise, that’s a rather impressive first week number. We’ll see how The Little Battlers holds up in the weeks to come, but Level 5 already have grand plans for the franchise that include a manga, an anime and more plastic model toys.



Ocarina of Time 3D was extremely close behind The Little Battlers at 164,110 units, and the game gave the Nintendo 3DS system a significant sales boost, making it the top-selling hardware for the week.


For comparison, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks released on the Nintendo DS in 2009 — well after the system had established itself and amassed a large install base in Japan — and in its first week, Spirit Tracks sold 291,496 units. While that’s an admirable number, it was less than half of the game’s generous first shipment. This resulted in Spirit Tracks quickly being slashed in price due to an overabundance of copies in the market. To put it simply, supply outweighed demand.


The new lower price enabled Spirit Tracks to remained on the sales chart for a surprisingly long time, but clearly, Nintendo were keen to avoid a similar situation this time around, as Ocarina of Time 3D has reportedly received a relatively lower shipment in Japan. It should be interesting to see how the game holds up in the weeks ahead.


Now, we come to Steins;Gate, which saw not one, but three separate releases on the Xbox 360 this week. Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling is a different take on the game, with Play-Asia describing it as more of a “love comedy” than the grabbing sci-fi adventure it’s known to be. Hiyoku Renri no Darling sold 31,666 units.


Following it at 11,000 units was a Steins;Gate Double Pack, which contains both an Xbox 360 “Platinum Collection” re-release of the original Steins;Gate as well as Hiyoku Renri no Darling. Finally, the standalone Platinum Collection re-release of Steins;Gate was also released the same week.


That doesn’t mark the end for Steins;Gate though. This week, the game will be released on the PSP, and sometime this summer, 5pb will follow up with an iTunes release for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. That’s a lot of Steins;Gate.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. The Little Battlers 166,187 New PSP Level 5
New 02. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 164,110 New 3DS Nintendo
01. 03. Yakuza: Of the End 53,775 352,492 PS3 Sega
New 04. Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling 31,666 New 360 5pb
New 05. Steins;Gate Double Pack 11,041 New 360 5pb
02. 06. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D 9,062 83,405 3DS Capcom
04. 07. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional 7,997 538,020 DS Square Enix
03. 08. Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS 6,609 137,421 DS The Pokémon Co.
07. 09. Wii Party 6,556 1,917,752 Wii Nintendo
05. 10. One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP 6,549 112,174 3DS Namco Bandai
14. 11. Wii Sports Resort 6,476 353,082 Wii Nintendo
12. 12. Pokémon Black/White 6,434 5,204,356 DS Nintendo
11. 13. Professional Baseball Spirits 4,232 184,299 PSP Konami
09. 14. Patapon 3 4,136 120,934 PSP Sony
16. 15. Mario Kart Wii 3,939 3,244,896 Wii Nintendo
New 16. Stein’s Gate (Xbox 360 Platinum Collection) 3,914 New 360 5pb
New 17. Sangoku Koi Senki: Otome no Heihou
3,872 New PS2 Prototype
18. 18. Wii Fit Plus 3,844 2,328,388 Wii Nintendo
19. 19. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 3,758 4,490,749 PSP Capcom
08. 20. Akiba’s Trip 3,601 93,078 PSP Acquire

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and

  • Good going Little Battlers, good going may you have more successful weeks following!

    Also double Steins;Gate fun!!

  • One Piece still chugging. What is this Steins Gate?


      Or look in siliconera, they have talked about it here before

    • Aoshi00

      It’s a visual novel w/ an excellent story that deals w/ the theme of time traveling in detail (in quite a different light than your usual time traveling movies or novels).  One of the best VNs no doubt…  Come on man, siliconera has done so many articles on it look them up..

      • Im not a Steins;Gate fan so why would I have seen the articles?

        • So you wont ask, “what is seins;gate”? I dont care about games of cooking mama and it’s derivates, but i sometimes check the new games articles just for the heck of general gaming  knowledge xD.

          Lucky for you, it has an anime ongoing, may want to watch it, dunno if you will like it tho

          • Aoshi00

            He won’t, he doesn’t watch things unless they’re dubbed in Eng. :)

          • I actually do watch subs, current on Bleach and a few other simulcasted anime like [C], and Reborn is only subbed.

          • I wonder if we will see steins gate dubbed someday O_o

          • Maybe I will look for the anime, thanks.

          • Anyway, it’s a game that it making it’s hit through many places, maybe you havent noticed because you are no interested, but when people moslty talk about steins;gate they talk about quiality stuff ;D

        • Aoshi00

          Right, so I guess when you asked “What is Steins;Gate”, you just meant “I don’t care”?  If you don’t care, you probably shouldn’t ask what it is. A lot of people do, those who appreciate a good story that is. I just went back to watch the Back to the Future trilogy on blu-ray :)

          • I dont know, i just found it intriguing to finally ask about it since its on this weeks listing for so many times, so perhaps Im missing out on some good series?

          • Aoshi00

            If you have no prob w/ sub, try watching the anime, it’s amazing stuff (might start off a little slow), one of the best time traveling stories I’ve experienced yet.  This is a classic, hence being hailed as one of the masterpiece VN.   I didn’t try this game until much later, but I kept hearing good things about it I finally played it, really great story and chars, very surprising and emotional. The setting is based on the real world and existing tiem traveling theories too, which was what made it even better.

  • malek86

    That’s a lot of Steins;Gate on that chart.

  • d19xx

    Since Sega won’t give us Virtual On, here’s hoping we get Little Battlers.

    • TanyaRei

      Agreed. Heres hoping vita gets virtual on

    • Kris

      You could always import it, it is region-free…

      • Exkaiser

        A localization would be nice.

    • Sorry, but what has Sega got to do with Little Battlers?

      • TanyaRei

        Nothing, the games play similarly

        • Exkaiser

          Not a whole lot similarly.

          About as similar to each other as Armored Core and Zone of the Enders.

  • Wohoho Nice one level 5! pwning zelda, and i love to see some steins;gate love :D

    • Suicunesol

       I think you and I both know that if Nintendo had provided more copies of OoT to retailers, it would have outsold Little Battlers. In other words, Nintendo let them win. :)

      • Nope! A lose is a lose in the world of economy, also, we dont know how many copies battle robots there were either.

        But anyway xD that was Nintendo’s error! They got pwned by level 5!

        • Exkaiser

          Unless we’re talking Western VN sales, I don’t think 2000 copies is enough to say they got “pwned.”

          Although, one could argue that Danball is a way better game in every aspect than Ocarina!! But that would just be picking fights on the internet.

      • malek86

        They used to say that about The Last Story too.

        Anyway, we should be able to see it next week: if OOT drops a lot, it means the low shipment didn’t matter much.

        Regardless, I expect it to slowly sell quite a bit in the next months, since there isn’t much else for the console right now.

  • Not gonna lie, having a version of Ocarina that I can take anywhere is pretty awesome

    • TanyaRei

      Its why I bought the first ds. I assumed a remake would happen for it
      Im glad it came out on a better system

    • Caligula

      Heh, yeah.  I do kind of feel like a tool buying OoT 3D when I still own a functioning N64 and copy of OoT, but then again, I like the portability aspect. I can’t really confess to being much of a console gamer nowadays anyway. Maybe I’ll actually finish OoT after all these years…!

      • Exkaiser

        Psh, at least your OoT is upgraded. I bought a VC copy of Link’s Awakening even though I still own the original -and- it was portable. That’s how much of a tool I am.

        …Speak of the devil, there’s an OoT commercial on as I type this.

        • Caligula

          Yes, well, my copy of Link’s Awakening is in my closet with my Gameboy Color, and I still plan on buying the VC copy within the next few weeks.  Your toolishness isn’t so bad.

        • malek86

          I already have Link’s Awakening, but it’s the original version. Is the DX version any beefier, or did they just introduce colors?

          • Colors, and an extra dungeon, but without all the fun glitches from the b/w version.

            Honestly I like the original more because of it

        • TanyaRei

          I got it cause nintendo said theyd add pseudo 3d layering effects…

          • Exkaiser

            I don’t recall that ever being said in regards to Link’s Awakening. It was never advertised as being a 3D Classic, only as a VC game.

          • TanyaRei

            Vc games were supposed to get pseudo 3d layering
            3d classics were to get remade like oot


          • Exkaiser

            @TanyaRei:disqus Nothing in that says that Virtual Console games were supposed to get 3D, just that 3D classics games would get it, as I said.

            In fact, earlier in the article it even says that game boy games were not yet confirmed for the 3D classics service.

            You seem to be grossly misreading that article.

  • Exkaiser

    TLB’s a great game. Definitely recommend it to anyone who liked Medarot, Gotcha Force, Custom Robo, or robot games in general.

  • Aoshi00

    I’m glad Steins;Gate is being re-released on so many platforms.. when everyone said it’s a masterpiece VN, they weren’t kidding or exaggerating at all.. the story really is excellent.. can’t wait to play the dating sim sequel/spin-off..

    • i hope they announce psp port of it soon T.T

      • Aoshi00

        I think they would do it eventually, most VNs are ported to PC/360/PSP one way or another now, and now the iPhone/iPad, which I see works very well for VNs :)

  • ninjaonizuka

    i got little battlers and gundam memories they are def games u shud buy :]

  • TanyaRei

    Im loving oot3d. Its beautiful, and the gameplay easily holds its own against current gen handheld games

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