This Week In Sales: Kingdom Hearts 3D Drops Onto 3DS

By Ishaan . April 4, 2012 . 1:33pm

Period: The week of March 26th – April 1st (2012)

Top-seller: Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance – 213,579

Nintendo 3DS sales: 121,921 | Total sales: 5,522,588

PlayStation Vita sales: 12,105 | Total sales: 642,490


Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance finally hit Japan last week, and sold a surprisingly low number of copies: 213,579 to be precise. For the sake of comparison, here’s what Kingdom Hearts’ first-week sales looked like on the Nintendo DS and PSP:


Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS): 295,205

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (PSP): 445,962


As you can see, Kingdom Hearts 3D debuted a fair bit lower than both games. One of the reasons for this is most certainly that the Nintendo 3DS userbase is nowhere near as large in size as the DS and PSP userbases were when 358/2 and Birth by Sleep were released.


This is reflected in the fact that PSP sales only saw an increase of 12,000 units during the week that Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep was released in 2010, meaning that most people who wanted the game already owned the device. By comparison, 3DS sales jumped from 94,000 to 122,000 for Kingdom Hearts 3D, meaning that a lot more Kingdom Hearts fans had to buy a new device this time around.


Another possibility is that Kingdom Hearts fans are starting to outgrow the series, and since the long-running story isn’t very easy to keep up with at this point, picking up new fans is a bit of a difficult prospect. Perhaps it’s time for Square Enix to get Kingdom Hearts 3 over with, and reboot the series like they’ve suggested, in order to preserve its long-term viability.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance 213,579 New 3DS Square Enix
New 02. Pro Baseball Spirits 2012 90,433 New PS3 Konami
New 03. Pro Baseball Spirits 2012 60,141 New PSP Konami
01. 04. Kid Icarus: Uprising 47,179 179,705 3DS Nintendo
03. 05. Pokémon Conquest 30,535 267,608 DS Pokémon Co.
02. 06. Black Panther 2: Yakuza Asura Chapter 26,655 131,592 PSP Sega
08. 07. Super Mario 3D Land 24,936 1,464,696 3DS Nintendo
07. 08. Monster Hunter Tri G 21,288 1,358,410 3DS Capcom
08. 09. Mario Kart 7 19,653 1,621,631 3DS Nintendo
New 10. TheIdolm@ster Anime & G4U: Vol. 6 17,759 New PS3 Namco Bandai
New 11. Pro Baseball Spirits 2012
17,264 New PSV Konami
12 12. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
12,947 112,603 3DS Nintendo
04. 13. Devil May Cry HD Collection 11,926 55,717 PS3 Capcom
15. 14. Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai 8,267 124,618 3DS Sega
New 15. Silent Hill HD Collection 7,971 New PS3 Konami
13. 16. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 7,851 804,601 PS3 Namco Bandai
16. 17. Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin 7,657 154,764 3DS Nintendo
10. 18. Shining Blade 7,535 148,824 PSP Sega
New 19. New Little King’s Story 7,141 New PSV Konami
21. 20. Wii Sports Resort 6,596 905,638 Wii Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and

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