This Week In Sales: We All Live In A Pokémon World

By Ishaan . June 27, 2012 . 2:32pm

Period: The week of June 18th – June 24th (2012)

Top-seller: Pokémon Black/White 2 – 1,561,738

Nintendo 3DS sales: 68,056 | Total sales: 6,352,597

PlayStation Vita sales: 13,589 | Total sales: 779,103


Who would ever have guessed it—Pokémon Black/White 2 were the best-selling games in Japan last week. The two companion games were released on Saturday, as is usually the case with Pokémon titles, meaning that only two days of sales are represented in this week’s chart. Despite this, Black/White 2 topped the sales chart at a nice 1.56 million copies sold.


For comparison, here are the opening sales of the previous Pokémon games on the Nintendo DS:


Pokémon Black/White (2010) – 2.55 million

Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver (2009) – 1.44 million

Pokémon Platinum (2008) – 963,273

Pokémon Diamond/Pearl (2006) – 1.58 million


All said and done, Pokémon Black/White 2 sold about on par with Diamond/Pearl in their opening weekend. Not too shabby at all, and based on past trends, they should continue to sell for quite some time.


Meanwhile, Persona 4: Golden dropped from its top spot to the #3 position on the chart. PlayStation Vita sales plummeted as well, now back to 13,600 units for the week, following the brief boost the system received from Persona’s release. Perhaps next week’s Crystal White-coloured Vita and Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will provide some brief respite, but following that, the system will be devoid of high-profile games until Hatsune Miku Project Diva f releases in late August.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Pokémon Black/White 2 1,561,738 New DS Pokémon Co.
02. 02. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D 58,228 721,174 3DS Square Enix
01. 03. Persona 4: Golden 29,293 166,369 PSV Atlus
New 04. Kenka Bancho Bros. 21,797 New PS3 Spike Chunsoft
04. 05. Tokyo Jungle 18,715 165,013 PS3 Sony
New 06. K-On! After School Live HD Ver. 13,581 New PS3 Sega
08. 07. Mario Party 9 13,339 447,126 Wii Nintendo
07. 08. Mario Tennis Open 13,036 198,047 3DS Nintendo
06. 09. Dragon’s Dogma 9,162 446,410 PS3 Capcom
09. 10. Lollipop Chainsaw 7,898 61,246 PS3 Kadokawa Games
10. 11. Super Mario 3D Land 7,609 1,631,358 3DS Nintendo
12. 12. Mario Kart 7 5,091 1,746,836 3DS Nintendo
05. 13. Akiba’s Trip Plus 5,034 34,539 PSP Acquire
New 14. Steel Batallion: Heavy Armor 4,889 New 360 Capcom
New 15. Arcana Famiglia: Yuureisen No Majutsushi 4,854 New PSP Comfort
16. 16. Wii Sports Resort 4,287 965,713 Wii Nintendo
14. 17. Monster Hunter Tri G 4,269 1,481,643 3DS Capcom
13. 18. Fire Emblem: Awakening 3,972 417,760 3DS Nintendo
11. 19. Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Battle Destiny 3,668 52,790 PSV Namco Bandai
17. 20. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games 2,965 186,789 3DS Nintendo


<< Last week’s software sales chart

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • SirRichard

    I think Pokémon is going to rule the roost for quite some time, given that there’s barely anything there stopping it from doing so.

    Shame about the Vita’s short-lived jump in sales, the hardware really deserves better.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Hopefully, Sony gets it a more steady stream of games. That would at least somewhat remedy the problem. A steady steam of high-profile games would be even better though.

      • SirRichard

        The problem is, I imagine, convincing developers to get those high-profile titles on the platform. After all, the 3DS is dancing a merry jig globally, it must be hard to do.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Yea, it’s facing the exact same climb that the PSP had to face. Except this time Sony doesn’t have MH to help them. Hopefully as the PSP dies down more of those devs will move over. If nothing else, the Vita could then at least start incrementally building it’s userbase even without big name titles.

          Honestly though, I can’t even a picture a franchise that could help the Vita. MH is already planted on 3DS, KH is on 3DS and seeing lower sales, and Square Enix isn’t about to pump out another Type-0 level hit on Vita. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

          • Vampiric

             KH 3DS only saw lower sales due to the fact the 3ds was less than a year old

            Most KH are released at the 5+ Year mark

            this was year 1

          • Solomon_Kano

            That doesn’t explain its meteoric drop from the top 20 though. I’ll grant that it’s released earlier in the system’s life but, between being announced at the system’s initial reveal and the system being to most popular in Japan, that doesn’t really excuse it. There was plenty of time for people interested in the game to get the system and it still only debuted around 200k, before falling off of the charts.

          • Vampiric

             99 Percent of games achieve there max sales in week 1 and then they have huge drops

            200k is insane for a new system

          • Solomon_Kano

            Huge drops, yea, falling off of the chart in one week? For a series of KH’s size, especially in relation to earlier KH games, no.

    • Perhaps the dudes in Japan are just waiting for the Crystal White Vita to come out.

  • Audible gasp! Pokemon the top seller? That’s so shocking.

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh, Kenka Bancho Bros didn’t do too shabby! Remains to be seen whether they manage to sell enough to be considered a success though, but I’ll hope for the best for that zany little thug-em-up.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I’m actually surprised that the Vita didn’t fall further. Interesting.

    I’d imagine that the few who didn’t grab P4G last week are responsible for it not falling further. Now I’m even more interested to see what it does next week. MGS alone probably wouldn’t boost much, so it’s good that the Crystal White system is hitting at the same time. Hopefully, it can manage 25,000 next week. Then again, even if it does, it’s guaranteed to drop after that with nothing of relevance coming to the Vita for a while.

    Also: completely forgot the Black and White 2 would hit before Project Diva f. Guess Miku won’t have the top spot after all. That is, supposing BW2 doesn’t see some rare divergence from Pokemon games past.

    • I’m sure B/W2 would have dropped enough by August for Project Diva f to debut at the #1 spot! There are a lot of games coming out on that same day (August 30th), actually. Miku, Kagura Burst, Soul Hackers. 

      I recall Imageepoch said that retailers made them postpone Sol Trigger because there were already too many games coming out on August 30th and they were afraid they’d cannibalize each other’s sales.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Oh? Huh. It’s a good thing Imageepoch got a warning. Miku and Kagura probably are gonna duke it out if Pokemon isn’t still selling enough for the #2 spot. Soul Hackers… I’ll be surprised if that gives them any trouble. It should do fine, but not near Miku or Kagura.

        Now that I think about it, I don’t know why I expected Pokemon to still be selling that strong in the first place. It’s Pokemon, yea, but I’m imagining BW1 numbers. With BW2 selling about 60% of BW, even though it’s probably gonna sell for ages, it’s not looking like it’s going to be exceptionally strong come August.

        • Yeah, BW2 will probably rake in some mad profits, but it isn’t going to be on the same scale as BW1. That said, I want to see how word of mouth affects it in the weeks to come! It should be interesting to compare its weekly drops to BW1 in a month or so from now.

          Miku should easily outperform Kagura, but I don’t know how much to expect in terms of Vita hardware sales. I’m gonna give that more thought over the next couple of weeks, but August 30th is so far off! GRRRR. I want it to come sooner!

          Oh, hey… I just realized what we forgot. NSMB2 is out in August, too! 

          • Solomon_Kano

            That would be interesting if word of mouth pushed BW2 to BW1 levels. I don’t know if that’s likely, but it does sound really good, so who knows?

            Normally I’d expect Miku to trounce Kagura but… well, that’s just my skepticism of the Vita showing. Miku should definitely be strong enough to beat the odds though. Mario is definitely a threat though. Actually, are they coming out close together?

          • Doh. My mistake. August is only for us. Japan gets Mario on July 28th. That should put more than enough distance between it and Miku to not affect those games. But it’ll kickstart the 3DS’ second boost for this year, so that should be interesting to watch.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Ah. Ok. That’s good. Yea, it should be interesting to see what highs the 3DS hits once that comes out in July. With it currently averaging between 60k and 70k a week, I’m thinking it might get back to the 100k range. If not, it’s certainly hitting 80-85k.

  • Go Pokemon and K-ON! =^_^=

  • MrKappa

    Wow, the Vita is not even over a million yet? That’s sad.
    Pokemon being king of sales is nothing new…

  • PS Vita’s rise in sales was short-lived. I hope for its sake, and long term success, that Hatsune Miku does push up those sales. Fire Emblem is still hanging around. Awesome. Vita really needs a Monster Hunter! 

    In two days, Pokémon B/W 2 has almost attained MK7 or SML3D’s total sales.

    • Solomon_Kano

      I doubt it will be, but Sony’s going to have to pray that Soul Sacrifice is that game. That’s the biggest release I can think of for the rest of the year.

      • Go2hell66

         Ragnarok Oddysey is that game

        • Solomon_Kano

          … In Japan? Been out for a while.

      • It’s more wishful thinking on my part than anything else. I’m looking forward to Soul Sacrifice as a consumer and how it will effect the PS Vita.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Same. I’m hoping Keiji Inafune’s involvement and it’s similarities to MH find it a nice audience but, even if it doesn’t, I’m definitely looking forward to playing it.

  • Vampiric

    Its unnatural to want BW 2 as badly as I do

    The fact that you can face any past gym leader, pushed it over the top

  • Solomon_Kano

    Wait. I just read this article’s title. Yes.

  • Hoshi星

    “We All Live In A Pokémon World” (Pokémon)
    I respond with:

    I wanna be the greatest Master of them all
    (Greatest master)We all live in a Pokemon World (Pokémon)
    Put myself to the test
    To be better than all the rest

  • With a Pokemon game on the loose in Japan, I know doubt the Metal Gear collection will take the first week spot next week, but I’m positive it will show up at the very least in the top 5. Dragon Quest is on it’s way to become one of the 3DS’s next one million sellers, as weekly sales for the game have naturally slowed down, but it’s still charting way up in the 2nd spot.

    Years go by and Japan mantains the same gaming/game sales trends. Fantastic :)

  • Nyandroid

    Am I the only one that had “We all live in a Yellow Submarine” pop into their head?

    • kevinposta

       No, but now it’s stuck in my head.
      Thank you very much >:(

  • CirnoLakes

    “We All Live in a Pokemon World”.
    Gives me flashbacks to around 1998-2001. When Pokemon was at its peak of popularity and was literally this explosive trend that everybody was talking about. And left old folks who never played video games or trading card games scrambling to grasp what was going on and be able to talk about it as a current event for their journalism jobs or what-have-you.

    Ah, I miss those times.

    The amazing thing though, is how much that trend never actually died. It isn’t dominating talk-shows and your local book stores anymore, but it is still selling many copies and is still one of the most successful franchises ever. I salute ya’, Pokemon!

  • komiko12

    I wonder whether there are numbers for DS sales.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    from the games above, only B/W 2 that are only for DS. In japan, there’re very much DS users especially kids, meanwhile PSP and PS3 don’t have as much users as DS.. and then PS VITA and 3DS are still the new consoles..

    So I think it’s reasonable..

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