This Week In Sales: L.A. Noire Takes The Lead

By Ishaan . July 13, 2011 . 4:31pm

Period: The week of Jul 4th – Jul 10th (2011)

Top-seller: L.A. Noire – 58,436

Nintendo 3DS sales: 22,943 | Total sales: 1,211,278


The three best-selling games in Japan last week were all developed overseas. Team Bondi’s L.A. Noire made the top spot, coming in at 58,436 copies sold, and Infamous 2 followed at the #2 spot with 33,474 copies. It should be noted once again that GoldenEye 007, too, performed relatively well upon its release the week prior.


In the #3 and #4 spots were the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon respectively. While the game is published by D3 Publisher in Japan, it’s been developed by Vicious Cycle Software in North Carolina.


Meanwhile, The Little Battlers and Ocarina of Time 3D hung on in the top-ten for another week, along with Steins;Gate on the PSP, which is nearly at 100,000 units (5pb must be singing with joy). Tales of the Abyss, however, took a dip from its release the week prior. Abyss went from its 74,000 debut to barely over 10,000 units sold last week.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. L.A. Noire 58,436 New PS3 Take Two
New 02. Infamous 2 33,474 New PS3 Sony
New 03. Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon 30,189 New PS3 D3 Publisher
New 04. Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon 17,817 New 360 D3 Publisher
New 05. Wii Play: Motion 17,008 New Wii Nintendo
05. 06. The Little Battlers 15,807 244,790 PSP Level 5
06. 07. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 14,985 240,738 3DS Nintendo
08. 08. Steins;Gate 13,700 99,088 PSP 5pb
04. 09. GoldenEye 007 13,216 49,390 Wii Nintendo
13. 10. Wii Sports Resort 12,877 388,074 Wii Nintendo
New 11. L.A. Noire 12,621 New 360 Take Two
02. 12. Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition 10,512 65,436 PS3 Capcom
07. 13. Atelier Meruru 10,421 116,762 PS3 Gust
01. 14. Tales of the Abyss 10,034 84,207 3DS Namco Bandai
03. 15. To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers
9,321 46,717 PSP Aquaplus
New 16. Class of Heroes 3D
8,353 New 3DS Acquire
20. 17. Pokémon Black/White
8,271 5,227,336 DS Nintendo
11. 18. Gundam Memories: Memories of Battle 6,559 72,327 PSP Namco Bandai
14. 19. Yakuza: Of the End 6,297 394,902 PS3 Sega
New 20. Haruhi Suzumiya’s Mahjong
5,285 New PSP Kadokawa


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and

  • Well even Zelda and Tales werent enough to keep the device afloat. Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights, an original 3DS title, didnt chart?! 

    Nice breakthrough for Western Developers, Kudos and mass encomium unto the developers of inFAMOUS2, that is a cool game

    • malek86

      Ah, I almost forgot Lautrec came out this week. I thought it would do at least a little better, considering that Professor Layton is very appreciated in Japan. Maybe they saw it as too much of a clone?

  • malek86

    Abyss is dropping much faster than Eternia. Unless they were somehow talking about worldwide sales, I doubt it will reach 250k units. We’ll see though.

    Class of Heroes 3D also didn’t seem to do particularly well, at least compared to the PSP version. Next week should be interesting, since there will be another multiplatform RPG (Unchained). Of course, I’m expecting the PSP version to sell much more, but let’s see if the 3DS version can pull in good numbers too.

    • Shinji Kazuya

      If the 250.000 units they were expecting to sell is for Japan only, I’d say that it’s not happening anytime soon.

  •  … Why they heck is EDF number 3? That game was awful….

  • NotABananana

    It’s over, the Japanese gaming industry is finished!

    • HarryHodd

      Not until Tales of Xillia comes out.

  • Wow! Good job, LA Noire. You impress!

    • Aoshi00

      It’s really cool that Jpn gamers have opened up to quality Western games in recent years, like Red Dead, Heavy Rain, etc… Western or not those are just great games w/ great stories and an unique and amazing world setting.. years ago they would’ve been simply dismissed as youge.. I guess they’re starting to appreciate the aesthetics too and not just the usual anime look.  Also these games are not FPS so Jpn gamers are less averse to them..

      Glad to see Steins;Gate up there too.. just an amazing story and good word of mouth..  now I just got the Back to the Future game (on sale on PSN for $10) after watching the trilogy on blu-ray..  Steins;Gate and BTTF are some of the best time-traveling stories..

      • FPSs actually don’t do that horribly in Japan either. I mean, Black Ops pulled similar numbers its first week of release as well. It went on to sell over 350,000 copies there, which is actually a very good amount of sales for *any* game in Japan right now.

        You’re right if we’re comparing sales vs. North America and Europe, though. But the Japanese video game market is actually pretty depressed at the moment.

        • Who would have tought that they aren’t very game friendly after such a catastrophe…

      • Guest

        The West is too focused on unattractive burly realism and the East is too focused on unrealistic Loli Anime.

        There needs to be balance…

  • HarryHodd

    Glad to see Meruru doing good still.

  • Yamaneko22

    The end of the world is upon us.

  • AnimeRemix

    Oh my! Tales Of Abyss how you fallen so much! Nice to see LA Noire and Infamous 2 extremely high on the list!

  • Not that 60k is mind-blowing, but this shows that given a dearth of other quality releases, and given that your game isn’t just some burly space marine shooter, you can expect decent sales.

  • Xeahnort

    Wow!. Japan loves Break-dancing washing machines

  • kroufonz

    well this isn’t really a surprise most of R* game are doing good in japan (gta,rdr for example)

  • blah blah

    I’m surprised EDF did competently well on X360.
    LA Noire had no advertising since it was rated Z, but it still did got #1.It looks like Japanese companies will probably notice games like those and keep trying to emulate western games.

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