This Week In Sales: Divas Fall And Lost Heroes Rise

By Ishaan . September 12, 2012 . 1:55pm

Period: The week of September 3rd – September 9th (2012)

Top-seller: New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 39,708

Nintendo 3DS sales: 25,246 | Total sales: 6,814,686

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 38,913 | Total sales: 526,563

PlayStation Vita sales: 14,106 | Total sales: 959,540

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week didn’t see any real high-profile releases in Japan. Lost Heroes, Namco Bandai’s Gundam + Kamen Rider + Ultra Man crossover dungeon-crawler, was the best-selling new game for the week. The Nintendo 3DS version took the #2 spot at 32,504 copies, while the PSP version came in at #6 with 15,650 copies sold.


New Super Mario Bros. 2 returned to the top of the chart as the #1 seller.


Meanwhile, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f fell from its #1 spot last week to #5 this week, dropping 88.4% in sales. For comparison, last year’s Project Diva Extend dropped 83.7% and 2010’s Project Diva 2nd dropped 85% in their second weeks.


PlayStation Vita sales dropped by a large margin, too. Last week, the Vita sold 50,070 units, whereas this week, the system’s sales dropped to 14,106 . This actually makes sense, as Media Create reported that 23,000 of last week’s Vita hardware sales came from a Hatsune Miku: Project f Crystal White Vita bundle.


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


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
04. 01. New Super Mario Bros. 2 39,708 1,076,912 3DS Nintendo
New 02. Lost Heroes 32,504 New 3DS Namco Bandai
New 03. Max Payne 3 24,264 New PS3 Take 2
08. 04. Pokémon Black/White 2 21,592 2,729,192 DS Pokémon Co.
01. 05. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f 18,428 178,020 PSV Sega
New 06. Lost Heroes 15,650 New PSP Namco Bandai
New 07. Gekiatsu!! Pachigame Soul MAX Evangelion 7 x Pulse of Life 14,094 New PS3 Fields
11. 08. Run For Money Tousouchuu 13,060 122,999 3DS Namco Bandai
02. 09. Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers 12,589 81,954 3DS Atlus
10. 10. Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online 11,812 538,547 Wii Square Enix
03. 11. Senran Kagura Burst: Crimson Girls 9,513 78,597 3DS Marvelous AQL
13. 12. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 8,800 197,806 3DS Namco Bandai
15. 13. Demon Training 7,973 146,663 3DS Nintendo
06. 14. Mobile Suit Gundam AGE 7,309 43,212 PSP Namco Bandai
16. 15. Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set 6,659 85,267 3DS Nippon Columbia
New 16. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Dubbed) (Bargain Edition) 6,353 New PS3 Square Enix
17. 17. Wii Sports Resort 6,352 1,066,458 Wii Nintendo
07. 18. Sengoku Basara HD Collection 6,339 42,029 PS3 Capcom
14. 19. Just Dance Wii 2 6,329 166,041 Wii Nintendo
New 20. Ratchet & Clank Collection 6,195 New PS3 Sony


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • SantiagodelosSantos

    Solid debut for lost heroes. Also, mario is back on top, something I wasn’t expecting

  • Lost Heroes is really nice. It’s probably my fav dungeon crawler(not a fan of that genre), the special attacks are cool, the music great(original themes from the shows when using Hero attacks <3), and the art is lovely. Easy to understand as well without Japanese knowledge, except the story.

  • SantiagodelosSantos

    R&C collection got a pretty bad debut, maybe that’s because it came out on the wii

  • SirRichard

    Max Payne 3 out of nowhere, breaking into the top three. Impressive stuff, Rockstar, the game deserves it.

    Shame that the Vita’s pattern is repeating, breaking out of it is seeming near-impossible right now. Wonder what Sony plan to do, they’ve got to have something special at Tokyo Game Show.

    Also,Nintendo apparently brought the R&C Collection to Wii for Japan, how thoughtful!

    • (Fixed!!)

      I assume that some of the games that were in development for Vita when publishers had no clue about how it was going to do will be revealed at TGS, and allow it to limp on into 2013 with at least some modicum of support. 

  • ronin4life

    Kind of surprising to see A multiplatform game between 3ds and psp sell higher on the smaller install base system.

    • It’s only natural, I think. It’s a licensed game, but dungeon-crawlers also tend to be pretty hardcore, which means there’s a good chance that this appealed to the more enthusiast fans, who likely have 3DSes by now.

      The PSP’s at that point where software sales are tapering off, and the 3DS is at a point where software is starting to take off. Just a natural generational transition.

      • ronin4life

        Makes sense, I suppose. ^.^;

  • Altsein

    Sad to see Gundam Age selling badly like that. I would assume they are grouping the 2 versions of the game together, but even then, that is a terrible number for the ammount of content that was put into this game.

    • Not surprised though.  Japan has shown they utterly HATE AGE altogether.  I mean, yeah it’s not the best Gundam, but it’s certainly better than crap like Seed/Destiny

  • negineBIT

    It is proven that not many fancy psvita, Miku or not. Hence the drop in Pdf.

    I blame Sony because of this.

    But still, Pdf sells more than Project Mirai. 

  • Darkrise

    Wow, Senran Kagura Burst is doing quite well!

  • sd28

    looks like 
    Miku showed her legs early and doesn’t have any thing else to keep interest as high 

  • dahuuuundge

    Vita needs to rely less on established brand games to move units.

  • s07195

    AND Run for Money is still doing quite well. :P

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