This Week In Sales: A TV Show Game That’s Been A Surprising Success

By Ishaan . August 15, 2012 . 2:52pm

Period: The week of August 6th – August 12th (2012)

Top-seller: New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 143,321

Nintendo 3DS sales: 37,991 | Total sales: 6,685,181

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 64,655 | Total sales: 334,386

PlayStation Vita sales: 9,446 | Total sales: 873,186

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week was slow on releases in Japan, so the top-20 software sales chart was taken up mostly by games that were released the week prior, along with other popular titles exhibiting their staying power.


New Super Mario Bros. 2 returned to the #1 spot, with Dragon Quest X dropping to #2. Unfortunately, Media Create weren’t able to provide any insight as to how many copies of the game Square Enix shipped, so we have a bit of a wait ahead of us until we can begin to gauge how the game is doing, both on the retail and subscription fronts.


The one game I did want to highlight this week is a title published by Namco Bandai, called Run for Money Tousouchuu (at #5), based on a Japanese television show. We reported on this game back in April, and while no one paid much attention to it then, it has sold out completely at retail twice since its release.


On two occasions, Run for Money Tousouchuu has left the top-50 (not top-20, the top-50). On both occasions, we assumed it was because the game had sold as much as it would realistically sell and dropped off the charts. On both occasions, the game bounced right back into the top-20 just a week or two later, indicating that it was a stock problem instead, and that Namco were having trouble keeping up with demand. Run for Money could cross the 100k mark, all said and done.


Finally, in hardware news, the Nintendo 3DS (including 3DS XL sales) crossed the 7 million mark last week.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
02. 01. New Super Mario Bros. 2 143,321 764,372 3DS Nintendo
01. 02. Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online 73,705 440,853 Wii Square Enix
03. 03. Pokémon Black/White 2 60,421 2,582,185 DS Pokémon Co.
New 04. Kuroko’s Basketball: Miracle Match 37,430 New PSP Namco Bandai
??? 05. Run for Money Tousouchuu 26,328 76,108 3DS Namco Bandai
05. 06. Just Dance Wii 2 24,470 114,193 Wii Nintendo
04. 07. Demon Training 23,258 95,323 3DS Nintendo
07. 08. Persona 4: Arena 16,912 165,873 PS3 Atlus
06. 09. Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition 16,212 166,866 Wii Nintendo
22. 10. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 15,969 147,762 3DS Namco Bandai
10. 11. Wii Sports Resort 15,253 1,027,625 Wii Nintendo
11. 12. Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set 12,272 47,549 3DS Nippon Columbia
New 13. Sniper Elite 12,251 New PS3 Ubisoft
09. 14. Digimon World Re:Digitize 11,022 145,384 PSP Namco Bandai
17. 15. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D 9,714 858,439 3DS Square Enix
20. 16. Mario Party 9 8,733 519,371 Wii Nintendo
15. 17. Rune Factory 4 8,596 127,035 3DS Marvelous AQL
14. 18. All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 2 7,854 28,313 DS Namco Bandai
13. 19. Super Danganronpa 2 7,156 89,801 PSP Spike Chunsoft
16. 20. Power Pro Baseball 2012 6,965 101,945 PS3 Konami


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • Tales_of_Master

    Is this show the Japanese version of the Terminator ? If it was, I think I can see the appeal of the game :D

    • Vampire Reversal

      It’s actually a show where 12 contestants are pitted in an area around Tokyo for 60 minutes (I only watched the first episode on TV, which was around Shibuya IIRC) where they have to avoid being caught by the men in black (called Hunters in the game, there are three of them in the show) and if you’re caught by them, the contestant caught has to leave the game. You have to be out in the open and you can’t hide in narrow passages and buildings. The money goes up by 300 yen every second, so it’s a lot of money to consider and you could say that all the contestants will turn paranoid, especially when it’s up to the final two or one contestant left in the game.

      (This is actually based on what I watched in the first episode, not sure how other episodes fare.) And somehow there will be a few challenges presented and if every contestant (left in the game) has yet to go through the challenge before a certain time limit, the money will reset to zero. Pretty intense if you ask me since you’ll never know when the Hunter’s going to come out and based on what the show described about those men, they are fast runners, enough to compete in a national marathon. I’ve saw contestants running away from the Hunters and most of them can’t catch up, no matter how much they managed to get away.

      • ddh819

        Was there a US version of this show? it sounds familiar, but maybe was only on for a season.

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Kuroko’s on top, nice. The game looks to have some interesting and nice moments and lots of the side characters, like Sakurai! Like its manga and anime sales, guess its this year breakout hit.

    • gaiahatergaia

      Not exactly, Horizon 2 and SAO are going to average nearly as twice as much as KnB.

      And for a long running shounen manga, 200k unit sales for each volume isn’t that impressive, if you ask me.

  • James Beatty

    The drop of DQ X is a bit confusing. I thought it was fairly well received aside from being an MMO and it had very few problems with online stability. 

    • DQX should be treated like any regular RPG in Japan, owing to its more niche status as an MMO. That means a big drop in sales from the first week to the second. Again, this game’s real success will only be measurable over the next 2-3 years, and even beyond.

  • Persona 4 Arena still in the top 10, c’mon atlus wake up and announce some Persona 5. Atlus and Level-5 should just combine and become the next square enix for this decade

    • James Beatty

      “Atlus and Level-5 should just combine and become the next square enix for this decade ”
      I’d be okay with this.

      • JazzWithAttitude

        Persona 5 will have participation that will surprise us…

      •  And then they could partner with pixar and create and original story where we travel to worlds based on pixar movies and filled with persona characters.. I can dream

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    I wonder if the 3DS XL will hit a million units before the Vita does…
    Probably not.

    • Suicunesol

       Probably not, but it wouldn’t be terribly unrealistic to say otherwise, I think.

    • zeta

      hmmm what if that actually happened? 

      • KHSoraKeyBlade

         I wouldn’t be surprised that’s for sure.

    • Vita will likely cross the million mark in September, so unless the XL gets a very big boost from Obon this week, that isn’t likely. 

      The real question is if the Nintendo 3DS overall will manage to outsell the PS3 by the end of the year. Total PS3 sales are 8.3 million thus far in Japan.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Hmm Demon Training seems to be doing quite stable up there as it is still stays on top 10 there. Run for Money does really there. Considering the real shows is quite fun to watch there. Good news for Bamco there.^_^

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