This Week In Sales: 3DS Rumble Blast

By Ishaan . August 17, 2011 . 5:31pm

Period: The week of Aug 8th – Aug 14th (2011)

Top-seller: Monster Hunter Diary G – 98,269

Nintendo 3DS sales: 196,077 | Total sales: 1,506,365


As previously reported, Nintendo 3DS sales received a nice boost last week, following the 40% price cut on the system in Japan. The 3DS, which went from 25,000 yen to 15,000 yen, sold a little over 196,000 units during the week. Accompanying it was Pokémon Rumble Blast, debuting at over 86,000 units.


Rumble Blast wasn’t the only 3DS game that sold last week. New 3DS owners also picked up The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Nintendogs + cats, One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP and Star Fox 64 3D, bringing each of those games back onto the top-20 software sales chart for the week.


The best-selling game of the week was Monster Hunter Diary G for the PSP, an update to the original Monster Hunter Diary. That game sold over 98,000 units.


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Monster Hunter Diary G 98,269 New PSP Capcom
New 02. Pokémon Rumble Blast 86,294 New 3DS Nintendo
04. 03. Rhythm Heaven 63,590 326,300 Wii Nintendo
02. 04. Kirby: Mass Attack! 52,173 127,088 DS Nintendo
New 05. Uta no Prince-Sama: Repeat 32,180 New PSP Broccoli
29. 06. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 31,772 314,075 3DS Nintendo
01. 07. J-League Pro Soccer Club wo Tsukurou! 7 Euro Plus 30,291 131,313 PSP Konami
03. 08. Toriko: Gourmet Survival 28,147 91,030 PSP Namco Bandai
08. 09. Wii Sports Resort 20,524 481,357 Wii Nintendo
06. 10. Epic Mickey 15,536 42,793 Wii Nintendo
05. 11. All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 15,304 67,878 DS Namco Bandai
??? 12. Nintendogs + cats 15,221 271,872 3DS Nintendo
09. 13. Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX 14,224 166,921 PSP Namco Bandai
??? 14. One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP 12,355 146,222 3DS Namco Bandai
19. 15. Wii Play: Motion 12,128 70,578 Wii Nintendo
14. 16. Power Pro Baseball 2011 10,871 141,894 PSP Konami
15. 17. Inazuma Eleven Strikers 10,581 152,674 Wii Nintendo
38. 18. Star Fox 64 3D 10,579 60,124 3DS Nintendo
a 19. Pokémon Black/White 10,164 5,277,502 DS Nintendo
12. 20. Power Pro Baseball 2011 8,601 194,269 PS3 Konami


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and

  • Well based on where and how many 3DS titles are in the chart, I guess the high sales of the hardware wont last long. Barely any 3DS software moved considering the 198K buyers.

    Uta-no prince sama though, nice! I would have got it too, even just for Ittoki Otoya. 

    • xflame10

      Mr. Positive aren’t we?

    • puchinri

      Well, there are five 3DS titles on there and one in the second spot. I thought that was good enough. But we’ll see how future software does. Most people may have bought their 3DS early, but are waiting for other titles.

      The only thing I’m really surprised about is that Star Fox didn’t do better.

      • mikanko

        That’s kinda disappointing.  I hope it doesn’t bode ill for the future of Star Fox games being rail shooters. 

    • Suicunesol

      The heck are you talking about, Tsuntsun-chan?

      That’s more than a 500% increase in LoZ:OoC sales compared to last week. Pokemon Black and White also got a 25% increase in sales, putting it back in the top 20 chart, suggesting that some were waiting to buy it with a 3DS. All other 3DS games got positive boosts, too. And I won’t even mention Rumble Blast. That’s definite movement, even if it’s only for this week.

      • But PKMN BLK and WHT are DS games, for a company focused on getting 3DS hardware and software selling, that is not advantageous if it only sells to people because it can play last generation software. 

        Percentages are deceptive and concluding that seems odd, considering we have no clue if people just waited for LoZ:OoC because they were waiting for money or that retailers may have dropped prices on 3DS software down for the week. Rumble Blast didnt break 0.1mln sales, so its isnt really worth mentioning.

        • Actually, didn’t one of the developers outright say that he wanted people to play Pokemon Black and White on their 3DS, which is why they made the Pokedex 3D?

        • Suicunesol

          PKMN BLK and WHT have additional features when played on 3DS. Not very many, mind you, but the 3DS support is there. I also might attribute the B&W increase to the release of Rumble Blast. The release of a Pokemon game (even a spin-off) results in the popularity of Pokemon rising as a whole, resulting in an increase in Pokemon sales across the board. This is just a hypothesis, though.

          I will admit that you are right–percentages are deceptive. However, they’re still positive across the board, meaning that more are selling. And it’s no coincidence that it’s in the same week as the 3DS’s price drop.

          I also want to mention that Pokemon games are often a different kind of beast. Instead of immediately selling high numbers and falling off the charts quickly, they tend to be the slow and steady sellers. I’m willing to bet that Rumble Blast isn’t down yet. Not by a long shot.

  • I am seriously shocked that Pokemon didn’t break 100,000+ at the least.

    It looks adorable. :<

    • I do not think a non mothership PKMN game even appeals to less than one tenth of owners of any systems its been on.  0.1mln is a bit too much for 1.5mln users.

    • SetzerGabbiani

      If it was a main Pokemon game, it would have sold at least 500,000.

  • Epic Mickey at number 10, huh? That seems really strange.

    But wow, if Nintendo had only had a Pokemon game ready at the 3DS launch, I wonder if initial sales of the system would’ve been higher. Maybe Nintendo should keep that in mind for the Wii U.

  • z_merquise

    Hmm, Queen’s Gate was no longer in the top 20. I wonder how that game is doing right now in terms of sales.

    Queen’s Gate is the game I’m playing currently (I’m at stage 24 so far, I read that it had 45+ stages) and really, the game is great. Gameplay mechanic is simple to understand but it’s also got depth in it. But what attracted me there is seeing my favorite female characters from different games fighting together. There’s also lot’s of beautiful artwork that you can unlock too. The naughty bits are more like a bonus for me.

    • Can you describe Queens Gate, what kind of game it is, and if lack of english is an issue?

      • z_merquise

        Queen’s Gate: Spiral Chaos is a cross-over strategy-RPG game from Banpresto (same developers of the Super Robot Taisen series) and it include girls from popular fighting games like Soulcalibur, Samurai Shodown, Guilty Gear, Blazblue, Tekken and Fatal Fury/KOF. There were also anime shows included here (Seikon no Qwaser, Samurai Girls and Demon King Daimao) but I’m not familiar of those shows to be honest.

        I also can’t read Japanese (only know katakana and hiragana letters) but I played Super Robot Taisen games since PS1 so I’m pretty used in playing Japanese S-RPGs. But like I mentioned in the previous post, the mechanics were not really complicated and you can learn it in time. But if you have difficulty in it you can always refer to GameFAQS. I found their guides for this game (and for the previous game, Queen’s Blade) very helpful.

  • PrinceHeir

    any Monster Hunter in the game will sell :)

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    So, Capcom really could just combine Monster Hunter Portable 3rd and Monster Hunter Diary/G if they wanted to bring it to the west on the PS3, right? That would make the most sense, since they don’t seem to want it on the PSP.

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