This Week In Sales: Monsters, Monsters Everywhere!

By Ishaan . January 11, 2012 . 4:31pm

Period: The week of January 2nd – January 8th (2012)

Top-seller: Mario Kart 7 – 157,188

Nintendo 3DS sales: 240,819 | Total sales: 4,522,961

PlayStation Vita sales: 42,915 | Total sales: 482,901

 

“Otoshidama” is a Japanese New Year tradition where children receive money from relatives after the new year begins. Last week’s software sales benefitted from this tradition, illustrated by sales of several popular games receiving a boost.

 

Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and Monster Hunter 3G ruled the top 3 spots for the week, with Inazuma Eleven Go coming in at #4 and Warriors Orochi 2 at #5. No new games were released during the week.

 

There were two Monster Hunter titles on the chart last week: Monster Hunter 3G, which has crossed the 1 million mark, and Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP the Best), the budget re-release of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. Given that Portable 3rd is close to 5 million sold by this point (and still selling), there’s going to be a very large potential consumer base in place for Monster Hunter 4 in the long term by the time that game is released.

 

Continued strong sales of Portable 3rd and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2012, along with Nintendo DS games such as One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 and Magician’s Quest: The Stylish Wizard, show that there’s still a fairly lucrative market on cheaper, older platforms like the DS and PSP, provided you have a game with wide enough appeal. In fact, the PSP outsold the PlayStation Vita once again this week, with 71,000 devices sold.

 

The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:

 

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Mario Kart 7 157,188 1,317,357 3DS Nintendo
04. 02. Super Mario 3D Land 119,093 1,199,285 3DS Nintendo
02. 03. Monster Hunter 3G 98,355 1,083,853 3DS Capcom
06. 04. Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine/Dark 56,134 325,358 3DS Level 5
03. 05. Warriors Orochi 2 42,464 316,516 PS3 Tecmo Koei
07. 06. Just Dance Wii 37,266 490,677 Wii Nintendo
05. 07. Final Fantasy XIII-2 35,325 739,561 PS3 Square Enix
09. 08. Wii Party 33,174 2,256,803 Wii Nintendo
08. 09. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland 33,040 570,168 Wii Nintendo
11. 10. Wii Sports Resort 30,783
833,757
Wii Nintendo
13. 11. Go Vacation 26,852 208,017 Wii Namco Bandai
12. 12. Mario Kart Wii 26,346 3,474,659 Wii Nintendo
23. 13. Nintendogs + cats 24,514 467,914 3DS Nintendo
15. 14. Inazuma Eleven Strikers Xtreme 2012 23,521 127,410 Wii Nintendo
16. 15. Taiko no Tatsujin: Definitive Edition 23,422 197,003 Wii Namco Bandai
22. 16. Magician’s Quest: The Stylish Wizard 19,574 165,962 DS Konami
24. 17. One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 New World 18,789 290,002 DS Namco Bandai
26. 18. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP the Best) 18,293 154,438 PSP Capcom
21. 19. Rhythm Heaven 15,903 670,305 Wii Nintendo
17. 20. Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 15,689 173,093 PSP Konami

 

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and Geimin.net.



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