This Week In Sales: My Little Sister Isn’t Afraid Of Eternal Punishment

By Ishaan . May 23, 2012 . 2:32pm

Period: The week of May 14th – May 20th (2012)

Top-seller: My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute Portable Can’t Possibly Continue – 53,175

Nintendo 3DS sales: 45,752 | Total sales: 6,001,586

PlayStation Vita sales: 6,347 | Total sales: 703,446


Persona 2: Eternal Punishment on PSP didn’t fare as well as its predecessor in Japan—at least not at retail stores. Where the PSP port of Innocent Sin sold close to 63,000 copies in its first week, Eternal Punishment only sold 24,500. Meanwhile, Persona 3 Portable debuted at about 94,000 copies sold.


Hopefully, we’ll get an idea of how many copies of Eternal Punishment Atlus shipped later this week. One plausible theory for the lower sales is that, perhaps there are simply less fans that care for the older style of Persona games after the releases of Persona 3 and Persona 4.


Persona 2: Eternal Punishment was only the #2 game of the week, however. The #1 spot was stolen by Namco Bandai’s My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute Portable Can’t Possibly Continue. That game sold 53,000 copies.


Here are a few other interesting sales tidbits we noticed for the week:

1. Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin continues to sell well. Producer, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, revealed on the series’ blog this week that 200,000 copies of the game have been shipped so far, due to consistent sales.


2. Pokémon Black/White are back in the top-20. Will we see them move further up the chart as anticipation for Black/White 2 builds and fuels further sales of the originals?


3. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance dropped out of the top-20. Fire Emblem: Awakening, however, is still in the top-10. KH3D’s sales as of two weeks ago were 311,688. Fire Emblem has already surpassed it and it doesn’t look like the gap between the two will grow smaller any time soon.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute Portable Can’t Possibly Continue 53,175 New PSP Namco Bandai
01. 02. Mario Party 9 25,123 359,943 Wii Nintendo
New 03. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment 24,547 New PSP Atlus
02. 04. Fire Emblem: Awakening 14,913 376,703 3DS Nintendo
New 05. Brothers Conflict Passion Pink 10,911 New PSP Idea Factory
05. 06. Super Mario 3D Land 10,450 1,585,238 3DS Nintendo
07. 07. Mario Kart 7 8,569 1,712,918 3DS Nintendo
06. 08. Monster Hunter Tri G 8,334 1,450,809 3DS Capcom
03. 09. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City 6,625 326,130 PS3 Capcom
08. 10. Kid Icarus: Uprising 6,232 275,752 3DS Nintendo
New 11. Pachipara 3D: Ocean Story 2 6,144 New 3DS Irem
09. 12. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games 5,041 167,311 3DS Nintendo
15. 13. StarHawk 4,522 17,395 PS3 Sony
11. 14. Wii Sports Resort 4,416 944,388 Wii Nintendo
13. 15. Wii Party 3,309 2,352,193 Wii Nintendo
12. 16. Pro Baseball Spirits 2012 3,266 135,716 PSP Konami
17. 17. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP The Best) 2,807 255,572 PSP Capcom
18. 18. Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin 2,718 184,906 3DS Mavelous AQL
New 19. Bunmei Kaika: Aoiza Ibunroku Saien 2,694 New PSP FuRyu
25. 20. Pokémon Black/White 2,551 5,471,875 DS Pokémon Co.


<< Last week’s software sales chart

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media-Create and

  • cj_iwakura

    Well, at least the saga’s over. If IS had bombed and we didn’t get EP, that would’ve been a travesty.

  • James Beatty

    Racoon city -#9
    YES! get out of the top ten already! I can’t believe it sold more than Revelations, racoon city was horrible. Nice to see the trinity still going strong 

  • Code

    haha, Ishaan gets a gold sticker for this title; although it looks like Little Sister is punishing everyone else on the list >3<;

  • klkAlexar

    People probably aren’t expecting much out of EP after IS. I love P2 but Atlus could have handle the port so much better. 

    Glad to see FE still doing well. 

  • Herok ♞

    Oh well if they just EP to America It will at least have one sale.

  • kamikki

    Persona 2 aged really badly.

    • The gameplay maybe (I found it enjoyable), everything else is top notch.

  • MrKappa

    Are you kidding me? What a sad state Japan is in with the video game industry. A VN game like Oreimo is about 30k above Persona of all games?

    •  Correction, a new VN game like Oreimo is about 30k above a Persona remake.

      • kroufonz

         more like extended version of already released VN (this oreimo is pretty much version 1.8 not a direct sequel) is 30k above persona remake

    •  The point is, that a otaku game was the most saled of this week, and is evident that Sony DONT have a game for japanese audience.

      Wich is the solution? OTAKU GAMES

    • Hraesvelgr

      The questionable taste of the Japanese gaming market has been evident for quite some time now, to be honest.

    • boundries_san

      ??? U just noticed this lol. VN has been one of the niche genre in Japan but they have faithful follower who will keep supporting that genre.(Like me here lol.)

    • kroufonz

      oreimo vn is quite good the vanilla version even reach 100k mark in ltd sales, no wonder this extended version sold so well, and namco certainly makin money out of this (for comparison 10k already considered a good/very good sales for majority of galge)



    • Solomon_Kano

      Um… no.

      Look at what games are selling on 3DS. Nintendo’s brand appeal be damned, they certainly aren’t otaku games that are pushing the system forward. Now, look at what games the floundering Vita has to its name. Note the difference in their position despite each having a low number of “otaku games”. The 3DS has found hits in everything from established series like Mario to to long-past titles like Kid Icarus. Those aren’t otaku titles.

      Seeing as I want the Vita to succeed as much as anyone, I’ll tell you what the Vita needs: big 3rd party support. Not “Capcom gave it x number of games”-support but, rather, “we have these large franchises” support. Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, Yakuza, etc. The hardware isn’t getting anymore appealing and Sony can’t afford a price cut. Ultimately, the time-tested saying still applies: software sells hardware. That’s a saying that Sony has been the poster child for since they came into gaming, and that’s what we need here.

      • What Sony really is lacking is 1st party support. They have absolutely nothing besides Uncharted and Gravity Rush and they’re probably #1267 and #2034 respectively on the sales rankings in Japan at the moment. Sure, MH is huge as hell, but if Nintendo hadn’t been making their own games, there would only be one game that would consistently stay top 10 and that’s (obviously) MH. The odd non-Nintendo/MH game that make top 10 fade away quickly. Can’t really see Harvest Moon staying around for long and certainly not Pachipara either.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Noting what sells best for Sony and how their two first party efforts on Vita have sold in relation to the system’s userbase, I don’t think that’s going to do much to push the system into the hands of potential buyers. Those who have Vitas already would grab them likely but, outside of Little Big Planet and Gran Turismo, they really don’t have any franchises that push hardware. Uncharted Golden Abyss’ paltry sales provide evidence of this. One of their biggest franchises and it did nothing for the system’s sales. Didn’t even manage to stay on the charts.

          Given you brought up Nintendo, note that they’ve ALWAYS focused on selling their own hardware with their own games. Sony has always been about being open to 3rd parties. It’s the reason why one of the big things about the Wii U and 3DS’ initial unveiling was the emphasis on 3rd parties being interested in the platforms. Why? Because people don’t think 3rd party when they hear Nintendo, they think first. Sony has always had 3rd parties to sell their hardware.

  • papuruka

    Really finding it hard to rely on Japanese sales to gauge overall interest in a game like Eternal Punishment, when all the domestic audience cares about is effing Monster Hunter.

    • Solomon_Kano

      People say the same thing about the west and Call of Duty.

      I think the conclusion is simply to look into more factors before judgement.

    • SirRichard

      They seem to care more about partying and little sisters right now, man, which is…dodgy.

  • SirRichard

    Fire Emblem beat Kingdom Hearts.

    I know, I know, wild platform shifts and the series’ head beginning to insert itself up the butt with the way the plot’s going, spinoff weariness, not as popular in Japan as elsewhere, so on and so forth.

    But still; Fire Emblem beat Kingdom Hearts. Incredible.

    • Hraesvelgr

      You say it like it’s a bad thing.

      • SirRichard

        I meant it as a great thing, and an impressive one at that.

    • boundries_san

      Umm if u ask me, i prefer FE too here lol.^^

  • wot?

    ‘cuse me humiez. ‘bashes head with me own basha’

  • haqua

    …The title.
    Somebody hold me. 

    • boundries_san


  • Solomon_Kano

    “One plausible theory for the lower sales is that, perhaps there are simply less fans that care for the older style of Persona games after the releases of Persona 3 and Persona 4.”

    The numbers provided for Innocent Sin poke some holes in that theory. If IS hadn’t done double Eternal Punishment’s opening I might’ve been inclined to agree, but that’s looking unlikely. I’d imagine, if the reason is something along those lines at all, it would be more that there are simply less fans that care for Eternal Punishment in particular.

    I’m very disappointed with Kingdom Hearts’ situation though. Not surprised, but disappointed nonetheless. That’s terrific about Fire Emblem. I really wasn’t expecting it to stick around like this. It’s great to see the 3DS with another unlikely feather in its cap following Kid Icarus: Uprising’s debut.

    • Well, it could just be that people picked up Innocent Sin out of curiosity. The ones that liked it enough went on to buy Eternal Punishment. The ones that found it wasn’t what they were looking for opted out of Part 2.

      Again, just a theory!

      • Solomon_Kano

        That’s a very likely possibility, actually. So…

        Persona 3 and 4 were popular enough to boost interest in IS, leading to what you’ve said. Yea, I could see that happening. There is a sizable difference in the styles after all.

    •  I find it more likely that Persona 4 and all the remakes of 3 plus Devil Survivor and Catherine had people really interested in Atlus games, then after IS they decided that they didn’t really like the older gaming style (and I have to admit that it does show its age). It’s a pity, if IS/EP had come out just a decade later the gameplay would be significantly different (though that would also be true if they were released in 2009 and rereleased in 2019).

  • AuraGuyChris

    It’s official.

    We’re getting the game with the ridiculously, stupid long title over EP.

  • Göran Isacson

    Japan seems far less enamored with ORC than the West at least… nice to see that Kid Icarus is still puttering along in sales. It’s a steady little fellah, that much is certain! Wonder if OreImo will be as steady- might be one of those games the hardcore fans come out for in droves on release days and then later sales just kinda… fizzle out.

  • Doctor Nebula

    *Sees “My Little”
    Me: Pony?
    Siliconera: Sister

  • I expected the second Oreimo visual novel (listed here under its translated title) to trounce everyone.

    Was not disappointed. Was not surprised.

  • RmanX1000

    I’ll admit i do prefer Persona 3 and 4 over 1 and 2. But thats because i was exposed to them in reverse order. Starting with 4. 1’s remake was awful, almost unplayable, because of its broken encounter rate and repetitive music. 2:IS was pretty fun actually. Yet i plan on getting a VITA with every single Persona game on one portable :P All the Personas have their distinct charm to them. So i think once they localize EP, i’ll own every major Persona game on the market! :D

  • malek86

    I guess the reason for the fall in EP sales can be attributed to both a decrease in popularity for the PSP, and a general dislike toward the old-style gameplay of the game. People bought IS, didn’t like it, and therefore didn’t buy the sequel.

    Now I wonder how well Soul Hackers will sell. Like the old Persona titles, the game feels very old-style and hasn’t aged all that well (although it’s still miles better than Devil Summoner).

  • Wonder if KH DDD will ever reach the 500k mark domestically. Kinda sad to see Persona 2 not selling that much, but I guess it was to be expected.

  • I’m glad to hear Harvest Moon 3DS is doing so well. It really looks promising!

  • It doesn’t suggest a strong week of games when a game based on a comedy/romance/slice of life anime is the best seller.

  • I don’t know if you have seen OreImo, but if you haven’t you don’t know how appropriate that title is. 

  • Surprised to see Fire Emblem: Awakening doing so well. It’s still selling strong and it’s overall sales is also quite high. Really hoping to see a localisation of this as it looks amazing! :D

  • boundries_san

    Lol the title makes my day.^^

    It is nice to see Fire Emblem standing strong there.^^

    It is just quite a shame that Mario Party 9 can overtaken FE there lol. Seeing that series is not as good as MP 8 here. Hope that the new MP series will be able to bring back to competitive play not too focus on luck here.

    Irem future is getting darker here.T_T Hope that with this, Irem will consider that Pachinko game will not be profitable now and brought them back into releasing R-Type series again.^^ Irem GANBARE!!!

    Yeahh too Harvest Moon series too.^^ Hope they will be able to stay longer on the chart here.^^

  • nekoCiel

    the title is pure genius 

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